Eddy Kenzo Bags the favorite African Star Award at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (KCA) 2018

The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (KCA) 2018went down this past Saturday in California and as you probably already know, Uganda‘s Eddy Kenzo bagged the Favorite African Star Award.

For those of you that might not know, the KCA is an American children’s award ceremony produced by Nickelodeon . It honors the year’s biggest TV, movie and music acts as voted by the network’s worldwide viewers.

On the Favorite African Star category, Eddy Kenzo was up against Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Emmanuella , Cassper Nyovest and Caster Semenya.

Other nominees include Dwayne Johnson, Beyoncé, Kevin Hart, Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, Zendaya, Chris Pratt, Khalid, Cardi B, Selena Gomez, Millie Bobby Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Bieber, Harry Styles, Chris Hemsworth, Ed Sheeran among others.

WWE Superstar John Cena once again hosted the Nickelodeon 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday 24 March which premiered on Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305)

For the longest time, music from Nigeria has been deemed to be the biggest in Africa. In a country like Kenya, Nigerian music is actually bigger than our own music. On the other hand, when you talk about the East African Music Industry, without a doubt Tanzania leads the pack. Don’t even get me started on South Africa because it belongs to a planet of it’s own, one that thriving and self sufficient, African artists from other countries (especially non- Nigerians) only dream about making it there.

Discussions on African music industries that are thriving will mainly revolve around Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Ghana. Rarely do we have Uganda come up in such discussions. Not because the country lacks exceptionally talented artists, but because these artists thrive more within their country’s borders, with language barrier being a huge contributor to this aspect. Which is why I am particularly excited about Eddy Kenzo’s win.

This is a big win for not only Uganda, but East Africa as a whole.This shows that you can compete at whatever level you want to compete at, even when everyone else seems to have an advantage over you. It really doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from and your circumstance, all you need to thrive is within you. Most importantly though, you are your biggest competitor.


Shirleen Winters

The truth is there is more than enough love, creative ideas, power, joy, happiness to go around 😘 😘

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