The Diaspora Best Female Artist of the Year and the Diaspora Best Male Artist of the Year Awards were held in Atlanta Georgia during the KDM anniversary event that was held on Oct 12th and the 13th. The competition was closed about a week before the event.
Jeremy Damaris, the CEO of Kikuyu Diaspora Media has a great passion of promoting the artists in the diaspora. When he was thinking about the KDM anniversary event, he saw a competition for Best Female and Best Male Artists of the year as a way to both promote upcoming artists as well as liven the anniversary event and give it more meaning. The difference between the Kikuyu Diaspora Media competition and most other competitions is that we wanted to run a very authentic competition. In most competitions of this nature that I have seen, the voters are allowed to cast a vote as many times as they wish. Not so with this competition. Each voter could only vote once in the whole competition for the female artist of the year and once for the Male Artist of the Year. Knowing that this competition was so authentically set, we know our winners won fair. They had to mobilize their fans to vote for them. There were a lot of fans who were frustrated that they couldn’t stay up all night and vote as they are used to. In the end I think this strategy worked as it gave our competitors a sense of pride knowing that they won it fair and square.
Here is a a bit of history about Frank our Best Male Artist of the year Winner (In his own words):
Am Francis mungai (frank wa Nikuri Ngai ).I was born in Kiambu county, raised in Laikipia. Now am residing in Seattle in the state of Washington in USA.
My music history started when i was a young ,I could lead praise in our school and that time I was in class 5. I grow up singing the songs that was sung by others. When I received Jesus as my silver that is the time I started realizing that God is doing something New in my life, because I could find my self just praising. Even when I needed God to do something in I could find myself addressing Him through the song and I could get result and I do the same even today. On the December 2016 is when I record my first album, then un January 2018 I record the second one and in 2019 I produced my 3rd album, for which I had a launch on 7/7/2019, which was soo successful. I know God has called me in this ministry just to Praise him,and to minister to his people. Its through KIKUYU DIASPORA MEDIA that I have started to have a Name. I thank God for the CEO, Jeremy Damaris and his family and all the Team members of KDM. On Oct 13, 2019 I was in great shock because I didn’t believe that I could win Best Artist of the Year Award, but Glory be to God, it was a sign that he is taking me to another level.
I can encourage somebody t day to believe that he or she can make it. Amen.