There are a lot of awards out there that are often disguised as professional bodies to obtain links, get the emails and phone numbers of people, build a social media presence, make money by extorting nominees and sponsors etc. Most of these professional bodies fizzled away within a year or two.
That said, there are still some awards that recognise the efforts of people who do the assignment that God has given to them. One of such is the CLIMA AFRICA Awards – the apex of the Gospel Awards in Africa.
Standing the test of time with top-notch nominations of 10 Honorary Awards and 23 nominations categories that cover a wider area of the gospel entertainment industry in Africa for the first time in her 5th edition, the CLIMA AFRICA Awards held at the Shehu Musa YarÁdua Centre, CBD, Abuja on Saturday 25th, September 2021 was a huge success.
Uwak Mike – CEO of CLIMA AFRICA Magazines and Awards and the official organizer of the event had promised that the 5th edition of this glitz and glam gathering of Christian leaders, positive impact makers, gospel music talents, actors, actresses and other professionals promises to be the best of all the anniversaries. It was indeed the best.
The 5th edition of CLIMA AFRICA Awards introduced new categories which recognize the works of Nigerian artiste, other artistes in other African countries and Nigerian artiste in the diaspora. The academy also gives the public opportunity to nominate those in the honorary categories before the final selection for the most suitable awardees is taken by the team.
Represented by its founder Akinpelumi, Akinboye, Believers Companion, a Lagos State based gospel music blog won the best gospel blog award at the 5th edition of the CLIMA Africa Award. Listed below are other awardees at the CLIMA Africa Awards, 2021
1. HIS EXCELLENCY DR. GOODLUCK EBELLE JONATHAN GCFR- Africa Positive Impact Peace Award
2. HIS EXCELLENCY – DR. SAMUEL ORTOM – Africa Positive Impact Man of the year
3. SEN. GRACE FOLASHADE BENT – Positive Impact Heroine Award
4. HIGH CHIEF RAYMOND DOKPESI OFR – CLIMA AFRICA Hall of Fame
5. HER EXCELLENCY DR. MARTHA UDOM EMMANUEL – Positive Impact Humanitarian Award.
6. RT. HON (PASTOR) JOAN ONYEMAECHI (ADA ANIOMA) – Positive Impact Woman of the Year.
7. BISHOP DR (MRS) CHIOMA GRACE DAUJI – CLIMA AFRICA Hall of Fame
8. MRS CATHERINE EKWELIBE – Positive Impact Entrepreneur Award
9. PASTOR JERRY EZE – Africa Positive Impact Pastor of the Year
10. PASTOR MRS OPI AGHA – Outstanding Women in Ministry Award.
11. FREEDOM FOUNDATION (NIGERIA) – Africa Positive Impact Foundation Award.
12. PROPHETESS ROSE KELVIN NWAFOR – Positive Impact Humanitarian Award
13. APOSTLE DR. GODSPOWER UDJOR – Positive Impact Pastor Award
14. AYANDA NCWANE (SOUTH AFRICA) – Positive Impact Music Award
15. SIHLE SIBISI (SOUTH AFRICA) – Positive Impact Humanitarian Award
16. APOSTLE ARON ZION (SOUTH AFRICA) Positive Impact Pastor Award
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
1. ASU EKIYE- GOSPEL MUSIC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
2. REBECCA MALOPE – GOSPEL MUSIC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMNET AWARD
3. YADAH – RISING STAR 2021
4. AFRICA GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Kanvee Adams (Liberia)
5. AFRICA GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR – TOO FAITHFUL (Moses Bliss)
6. AFRICA GOSPEL SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR – Dunsin Oyekan
7. BEST GOSPEL COLLABORATION IN AFRICA – The Anthem (Dunsin Oyekan ft. Jerry Eze)
8. AFRICA GOSPEL VIDEO OF THE YEAR – YOU ARE THE GREATEST (Aity Denis ft. Eben) Directed by I FOCUS
9. BEST INDIGENOUS SONG IN AFRICA – MAI TAIMAKO NA (Solomon Lange)
10. DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR IN AFRICA – PETERSON OKOPI
11. BEST CHOIR OF THE YEAR – GO EXPLO (SOUTH AFRICA)
12. BEST GOSPEL BLOG OF THE YEAR – BELIEVERS COMPANION
13. GOSPEL SUPPORTIVE TV OF THE YEAR – AFRICAN INDEPENDENT TELEVISION (AIT)
14. ZONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR (SOUTH-SOUTH) NIGERIA – MAGGY BAM (AKWA IBOM STATE)
15. ZONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR (NORTH –WEST) NIGERIA – FEMI WORSHIP (KADUNA)
16. ZONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR (NORTH EAST) NIGERIA – CHARITY GEOFFREY (ADAMAWA STATE)
17. ZONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR (SOUTH WEST) NIGERIA – ESTHER YANFANDA (ONDO STATE)
18. ZONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR (SOUTH EAST) NIGERIA – ANGEL C (ANAMBRA STATE)
19. ZONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR (NORTH CENTRAL) NIGERIA – EMMA ONYX (FCT)
20. ARTIST OF THE YEAR (NIGERIA IN DIASPORA) – SAMSOFT (BOSTON USA).
1. BEST DRESSED MALE 2021 – AYANDA NCWANE SOUTH AFRICA
2. BEST DRESSED FEMALE 2021 – APOSTLE GOD’SPOWER UDJOR