Uganda’s upcoming singer Ykee Benda, real name Wycliffe Tugume, is the winner of African Muzik Magazine Awards [Afrimma] 2018.
Known for ‘playing’ farmer in Sheebah’s “Farmer”, Benda sings lots of genres including pop, dance-hall, RnB, soul and so much more.
Benda was shortlisted among the African musicians to perform at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
Over the weekend, he emerged winner of the “Best Newcomer” category at the awards held in Dallas, Texas.
🇺🇬🇺🇬🇺🇬🇺🇬Tears of joy…After all the hard work me and my entire team (Mpaka n YkeeEmpire) have put in this year…God never forgets his own…He really doesn’t THANk YOU Guys for believing in me❤️❤️❤️ #ForeverGrateful #AfrimmaAwardWinner
— Ykee Benda (@YkeeBenda) October 8, 2018
He beat African artistes like Mayorkun [Nigeria], Distruction Boyz [South Africa] and Afro B [Ivory Coast], among others.
He wrote on social media: “UGANDA 🇺We did it…Congrats my brother Eddy Kenzo naye gwe oba wabimanyila 😂– BEST MALE EAST AFRICA (AFRIMMA 2018)
MPAKA RECORDS and my Team YKEEEMPIRE!
Together we put in a lot of work this whole year….a lot of moves and I promised you God will come through for the Brand Ykee Benda….but I dint know he would do some of his magic this very year 😥😥😥 I can’t Stop crying while I thank him for not letting me down….. a friend of mine once told me….Ykee gwe kola nnyooo then nga bwosaaba nnyooo…..Ebisigade bijakwekola…..and I see it now …..Guys mwebale Kunzikililizamu…..Nze ani🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 It can only Be GOD❤.”
BET award winner Eddy Kenzo beat Gagamel big boss, Moses Ssali aka Bebe Cool, Tanzanian and Kenyan singers; Diamond Platnumz, Sauti Sol and Ali Kiba, to take home the “Best Male East Africa” award.
Other Ugandan artistes who were nominated but never won include; Juliana Kanyomozi, Leyla Kayondo, Sheebah Karungi, and Rema Namakula.
This year’s event took place on Sunday October 7 at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas.