AFRIMA 2017: Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco, South Africa indicate hosting interest
Morocco, South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria have shown strong interest in
hosting Africa’s biggest music event, All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA
2017-2019 editions as announced by the international Committee of
AFRIMA. These countries have shown their interest through a competitive
overture made available to the African Union Commission, AUC who is
saddled with the role of deciding on the hosting right in partnership
with the International Committee of AFRIMA.
Nigeria has hosted the event for one term of three years since 2014.
However, Nigeria has again shown interest to host the event for another
term of three years as stated in the letter written by Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture with reference
number FMCT/ECS/002/I to the African Union.
In his letter, the Honourable Minister stated that, “We have also
witnessed increased unity and collaborations among young music African
professionals as they congregate each year in Lagos, Africa’s most
vibrant entertainment capital for the awards ceremony.”
He further noted that Nigeria has benefited immensely from serial
hosting of AFRIMA via enhancing Nigeria’s image and tourism
opportunities, promoting Nigeria’s culture and tourist attractions,
positioning Nigeria as a safe and hospitable destination among others.
Some of the parameters that the AUC-AFRIMA will consider in deciding on
the host country for the All Africa Music Awards events are immigration
and visa application management, availability of functional airport and
good land transportation system, venue infrastructure, hotels and
hospitality facilities as well as adequate provision of security for
guests and officials.
In Partnership with the African Union Commission, AFRIMA celebrates the
rich musical heritage of the African continent by fostering unity,
cooperation, interaction, partnerships and progress in the continent
through the instrumentality of music.
The 2017 AFRIMA will hold from November 10 to 12. It is scheduled to
present to the continent a world class programme of events such as the
Africa Music Business Roundtable (November 10), which brings together
big music brands, music producers and intellectual property persons to
start profitable conversations on the needed networks and infrastructure
for an expanding youth-based industry.
Other events are the AFRIMA Music Village (November 10), an evening of a
non-stop open music festival of live performances from the African stars
and nominees, with an expected audience of 40,000 people; The Main
Awards Ceremony (November 12); a star-studded and world-class event with
live performances and television broadcast to 84 countries on 109
television stations around the world.
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