Kenya’s Shanah Manjeru is the youngest ever nominee of All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA). The 13-year-old singer was nominated for her song, “God Will Make a Way”. She takes over the spot previously held by another Kenyan singer, Nikita Kering, who was AFRIMA’s youngest nominee at 17, in 2019.
Shanah’s singing talent became evident at the age of three. At age seven, she began to sing officially when her parents put up her first music concert in Ethiopia. In October 2017, at nine years old, Shanah went into professional singing with the release of her debut song, “Destiny”.
In February 2018, she released her second song, “We Are One” followed closely in April 2018 with “Winner” and “God Will Listen” in December 2018. In April 2019, Shanah released “Worship” and “Worship Symphony”. Her latest songs are the nominated “God Will Make a Way” and “Jesus Loves You” released in August and November 2020 respectively.
Shanah is contesting in the ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Inspirational Music’ category with Ada Ehi Ft Buchi (Nigeria), Afrie (Uganda), Eden (Cote d’Ivoire), Kamo Mphela (South Africa), Montess (Cameroon), Nata (Sierra Leone), Ruth Asong (Cameroon), Diana Hamilton (Ghana) and Kelly Khumalo (South Africa).
AFRIMA 2021 holds at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, Nigeria from Friday, November 19 – Sunday, November 21, 2021. Preceding the award ceremony is the African Music Business Summit (AMBS), a platform for business networking and interaction among music professionals which will take place on Friday, November 19, 2021at 8.30am. AFRIMA Music Fest, an evening of non-stop music concerts with live performances from African music superstars will take place on the same day of November 19 from 6.00pm.
Sunday, November 21, 2021 comes with glitz from Africa’s music superstars, celebrities, and international personalities at AFRIMA Awards ceremony with Red Carpet at 4.30pm and main awards at 7.30pm.