Winky D pockets USD70K after Njema album scooped an international Award. The award is given to an artist who speaks against corruption through music. Njema was nominated alongside Femi Kuti’s ‘pa pa pa’, King Kaka’s ‘Wajinga Nyinyi’, Ney Wa Mitego’s ‘Raisi Wa Kitaa’ and Angelique Kidgo and Yemi Alade’s ‘Dignity’.
Zimdancehall chanter, Winky D born name Wallace Chirimuko’s song, Njema has won the 2021 Accountability Music Award. The final nominees’ list was picked from over 200 nominations submitted across the African continent.
The awards ceremony is organised by ONE, Accountability labs, and Trace Africa. Winky D’s 2019 song, Njema, a title that translates to handcuffs, reflects the frustrations of young Africans, spread messages of inspiration and calls for change.
Accountability Music Award organisers said Njema “talks about how the citizens of Zimbabwe have been handcuffed by corruption, encourages people to free themselves from scenarios that will delay progress.”
The Accountability Music Awards are designed to recognise African musicians and artists fighting corruption using music to spotlight the negative impacts that corruption and a lack of transparent and accountable government institutions have on countries.
In 2019, Nigerian musician, Cill born Chioma Ogbonna won the Accountability Awards for her song “All You’ve Got” which urged citizens to take an active role in pushing for social and political reforms