How 16-year-old Nikita Kering’ won PMVA

Nikita Kering' Photo:Elvis Ogina

Nikita Kering’ is the new star in town after she won the New Artiste of the Year award during the fourth annual Pulse Music Video Awards (PMVA) on Thursday night.

The rather bold and eloquent brainy beauty was the favourite of all with a record 1,849 SMS votes that propelled her to an emphatic win over her worthy competitors.

“I am so happy that my supporters have voted and that is one main reason why I have won this award. I thank God, my family and my fans for supporting me all the way,” Nikita, 16, said as she received the award.

With 53 per cent of the votes, Nikita carried the day in a category that had over 4,000 votes cast. This is the same category that had attracted more than 260 applicants, also a record number.

Nadia Mukami, another rising star, attracted 31 per cent of the votes, with the greatest support coming from her online fans.

The gorgeous diva, who is popular for her hit track Si Rahisi was among the performers of the night. Other Kenya’s ‘A’ list stars were King Kaka and Khaligraph Jones aka The OG.

In what looked like a surprise move, King Kaka won in the coveted Male Artiste Video of the Year category that had heavy weights Otile Brown, NaiBoy and Khaligraph Jones.

And it was a joy for Gin Ideal, who won the prestigious Female Artiste Video of the Year award. The singer, who has been in the market for about six years, thanked her new management Taurus Musik for supporting her art.

Equally shocking was Hasni, the Video Vixen of the Year, thanks to her Juu Ya Ngori act. The young beauty told MondayBlues she had not expected to win and had not even voted for herself.

“Honestly, I did not see this coming. I owe this to my family and fans. This is truly their win,” she said.

New urban sensation Ethic and Kansoul were the people’s favourites as they took the Best Breakthrough Video of the Year gong for their hit song Position. 

Elani, who were out of town celebrated their comeback year by getting the Best Group Video of the Year award.

It was one of the best organised events this year, and saw live coverage with millions following on KTN Home and live streaming. It became the number one trending.

“We are the home of talent and this is one event that states that Standard Group is in the forefront of supporting Kenyan art. I want to congratulate all the nominees and the winners for their brilliant work that has been the best in the industry this year,” said Standard Group CEO Orlando Lyomu.

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