The African Entertainment Awards, USA (AEAUSA), is gearing up for its 2023 edition. Voting is officially open ahead of the award gala’s 9th edition poised to celebrate African entertainment excellence.
50 categories are up for contest this year with awards recognizing the different spheres of the vibrant African entertainment scene. From music, sports, fashion, and even entrepreneurship, AEAUSA 2023 is set to honor exceptional African talent like never before.
Several Kenyans have made it to the highly contested award. AFRIMMA 2023 winner Nadia Mukami is the most nominated Kenyan with 2 nominations. One in the ‘Best Female Artist – East/South/North Africa’ and the other in the ‘Album of the Year’ category for her 2023 EP, ‘Love and Vibes.’
On the other hand, Otile Brown has a nomination for the ‘Best Male Artist – East/South/North Africa.’ The ‘Best DJ’ and ‘Best Comedian’ categories are the categories with the most Kenya nominations. DJs Edu, Joe Mfalme, and Shinski, and farceurs Eric Omondi, MCA Tricky & Mammito have nominations in their respective fields. On the other hand, Eddie Butita received a nod for the ‘Digital Content Creator of the Year’ category.
Kenya’s top boy band Sauti Sol has a nomination in the ‘Best Duo/Group’ category. Here they will battle the likes of P Square, Mabantu, Mafikizolo, and Cavemen to mention a few. As far as personalities are concerned, Larry Madowo and P.L.O Lumumba have nominations in the ‘Best Media Personality’ and ‘Most Influential African’ categories respectively. Ajuma is representing fashion is in the ‘Model of the year’ category.
Entertainment news titans Mpasho and Pulse Kenya both have slots in the ‘Best Digital News Platform’ category. On matters of film, Sarah Hassan and Eddie Gathegi are nominees in the ‘Best Female Actress’ and ‘Best Male Actress’ categories respectively. Seasoned video producer Enos Olik is one of the ‘Video Director of the Year’ nominees.
‘Pale Pale’ hitmaker Size is the only Kenyan Gospel nominee in AEAUSA 2023. She is competing against Mercy Chinwo, Christina Shusho, and Frank Edwards among others. Faith Kipyegon is holding down the sports front in the ‘Athlete of the Year’ category. Lastly, the award-winning tours and travel business Bonfire Adventures is in the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ category listing.
According to the organizers, this year’s event will feature a unique blend of mesmerizing performances, star-studded appearances, and a celebration of industry achievements. Fans can expect an unforgettable evening that pays tribute to the influential figures, rising stars, and behind-the-scenes professionals who make the African and Caribbean entertainment industries shine. The action goes down on November 11, 2023, at the illustrious Newark Symphony Hall in Newark, New Jersey.
The voting process for AEAUSA 2023 is on until November 5, 2023. Enthusiastic fans and industry supporters alike are encouraged to actively participate by casting their votes in any of the 50 diverse categories via the AEAUSA website.
Since its inception, AEAUSA has consistently upheld its commitment to celebrating the richness and diversity of talent within the African and Caribbean entertainment communities. Over the years, this event has become a hallmark of excellence. It showcases the remarkable skills and creativity of artists and the global impact of African and Caribbean entertainment.