Lagos - After months of intensive deliberations,
history was made as Nigeria eventually emerged as the winner of the hosting
right of AFRIMA (Africa Music Awards). The final decision was reached on,
Saturday October 5, 2013 by the International Committee of AFRIMA with members
drawn from different parts of Africa at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites,
Speaking to journalists at a press conference held on Sunday, October 6,2013 at
the Four Points by Sheraton, Lagos, AFRIMA’s Brand Communication and
Sponsorship Director, South Africa's Matlou Tsotetsi said Nigeria was selected
to host the much expected pan- African music award among four other countries-
Gabon, South Africa, Namibia and Kenya.
One of the factors that aided the decision to give Nigeria the maiden hosting
right, according to her, is the booming business of music in the country and
its growing entertainment and event - hosting infrastructure. “We took a lot of
factors into consideration before Nigeria was eventually considered and
nominated just like we did last year in Namibia before we arrived at the last
With the nomination, it was disclosed that Nigeria would host the music awards
aimed at rewarding African music talent for the next three consecutive years,
while countries bidding to host after Nigeria would be announced in 2015. The
organisers noted that the award ceremony that will be preceded by a two-day Pan
African Music Summit is expected to be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014.
There will be twenty seven categories of awards that will be decided by a rich
college of judges and fan sms/online voting.
AFRIMA, is designed to be the ultimate recognition of African music talent
globally, has five Regional Directors and fifty four Country Directors across
Africa to streamline activities. As part of the build- up to the award
ceremony, a road show tagged 'On the way to the AFRIMA's will be held in three
major cities of the world- New York, London and Paris including four cities in
four of the key regions in Africa.
The unique selling propositions of the awards, according to the Regional
Director, Eastern Africa and co-Producer of the award, Mr. Mike Strano, is that
for the first time in the history of hosting music awards in Africa,
songwriters will also be recognised among several other industry professionals.
It was also revealed that AFRIMA, which has been designed to work with the
African Union to foster unity, peace and love among African nations, will
embrace Statesmen, cultural icons, members of the diplomatic community and
business leaders across the world.
According to the Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mike Dada, ''AFRIMA will provide
opportunities to showcase our strength as Africans for global competitiveness
and project our musical and cultural values. Our mission is to project our
heritage and bright future through the art of music'' Dada, a noted brand
communication and public relations expert, added that AFRIMA will further
accentuate Nigeria's status in cultural and entertainment products on the
AFRIMA will unite Africans with a live broadcast to 84 countries on 109
television stations across the world in the English and French languages.
- Press release