Chidinma Ekile, 22, has said winning the Best African Artiste Award (female) category at this year’s KORA in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, is the best thing in her career. She hopes to consolidate on the achievement to have a deeper penetration of the international market.

The plaque was presented to Chidinma by former Chelsea FC striker, Didier Drogba. She beat Omawunmi and five other African artistes to the honour. The awards ceremony, held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, had international stars, Chris Brown, Rihanna and P-Square in attendance.

Chidinma Ekile

“It was a huge honour to me. I’m grateful to God, my fans and people, who have been part of my success story. Winning KORA is a big achievement for me and I know it is the beginning of better things to come,” said Chidinma.

Chidinma took the Nigerian music industry by storm in 2011 with the single, Kedike, which was one of the songs produced by Ultima Limited as part of her recording contract as the Season 3 winner of MTN Project Fame.

Since winning, Chidinma’s stocks have risen sharply. In 2012, she has performed in the Republic of Benin, Sierra Leone, Cote d’ Ivoire, Kenya, Cameroun, Equitorial Guinea, Niger and Ghana.

At the KORA Awards ceremony, Nigeria’s Davido also clinched the laurel for the Best Newcomer, while his compatriots, D’Banj, Clarence Peters and the Infinity Group were nominated in the Best Male African Act, Best Director and Best Gospel Group categories respectively.

— Bayo Adetu