Kenyan gospel artiste Willy Paul won the Best Gospel Act in Africa in the Afrimma Awards ceremony which was held at Dallas city in Texas Saturday, October 15.
Willy Paul was pitted against Nigeria’s Frank Edwards, Sinach and Uche Agu; Ghana’s SP Koffi Sarpong and Sonnie Badu; South Africa’s Ntokozo Mbambo and Congo’s Icha Kavons.
Speaking to eDaily, Willy Paul thanked his fans for voting for him – saying sometimes a prophet might not be accepted in his home town, but a vast populace sees his or action; and according to him, his win is a classical case.
“I thank God for the win. Some people would probably say Afrimma ‘gifted’ me the award; but that is not the case. I have been consistent, creative and appreciative of genuine support that I get from fans,” Willy Paul said.
The “Fanya” hit-maker also revealed that a lot of collaborations with international gospel acts are in the pipeline; and to him, his conquest of the continent in the gospel world is just the beginning.
Willy Paul also took some time to send a message to his haters: “I pray for them. They should know that it is God’s will that would always prevail. Though I thank them for positive criticism that has helped me get to where I am today.”
Other Kenyan artistes who flew the country’s flag high include top boy band Sauti Sol, who won Best Group in Africa and Akothee, who won Best Female Artiste East Africa.
Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz was crowned Best Male Artiste in East Africa. Nigeria’s Flavour won Best Artiste of the Year.
The Afrimma win is gospel singer Willy Paul’s first top accolade in the international sphere.
eDaily says: “congratulations to all Afrimma winners!”