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AU, AFRIMA AND FELABRATION 2016 UNITE

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Following the successful release of the full Nominees List for the 2016 

All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, the African Union Commission, AUC, and 

the International Committee of AFRIMA have entered into partnership with 

Felabration 2016, the annual festival organised to celebrate the late 

music maestro and Afrobeat creator, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
The decision to support the 2016 edition of Felabration with theme 

“Everybody Say Yeah Yeah” was disclosed by the Associate Producer, 

AFRIMA, Ms. Adenrele Niyi to the Founder of Felabration and daughter of 

the late music legend, Ms. Yeni Kuti, when she paid a courtesy call to 

the AFRIMA Secretariat in Lagos on Thursday, September 15.
According to Ms Niyi, AFRIMA will be fully involved with Felabration 

2016 from the first event, the Senior Secondary Schools Debate, which 

holds on Wednesday, October 5, and from Monday, October 10 when the 

week-long festivities commence.
“There’s no better way to begin this partnership with Felabration than 

through the school debate for secondary school students in Lagos State. 

It creates the perfect platform for the AFRIMA Foundation to purse her 

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities in Lagos State, the 

2016 Official Host City for AFRIMA through our CSR initiative, 

Educate-A-Child (Our Voice). It is an Africa-wide campaign that took 

AFRIMA to Bakoteh Proper Lower Basic School, Banjul, Gambia, in May 2016 

to interact with the teaching staff and students. The visit to the 

school was part of the programmes lined up for the AFRIMA-AUC joint 

media/cultural conference held in Gambia on May 24, 2016. During our 

visit, AFRIMA donated educational materials, computers and musical 

equipment to the school.”
The Associate Producer stated that in keeping with the objectives of the 

CSR to raise the standard of education in Africa and create conducive 

learning environments for African children, participating schools and 

winners at the school debate would benefit from the Educate-A-Child 

endowment.
“We are set to replicate this commitment to education in Nigeria by 

donating prizes in the form of educational materials and equipment to 

both participating schools and winners at the Felabration 2016 Schools 

Debate. Our goal is to encourage young people that education is 

rewarding and to show that learning will help them understand and take 

pride in their cultural heritage. Remember Fela won the 2014 AFRIMA 

Legend Award which tells you that we are proud of Fela Kuti’s 

achievements and legacy as a music composer and artiste. Naturally, we 

are excited to be associated with a brand that celebrates artistic 

excellence as AFRIMA does.”
Responding, Yeni Kuti thanked AFRIMA and the AU for the gesture and 

urged more organisations to emulate AFRIMA.
“We are delighted that AFRIMA will be participating in Felabration 2016 

starting with the school debate; it’s been a challenge hosting this 

school debate and to have AFRIMA come in through the Educate-A-Child CSR 

is a relief. Each year, the debate has been very interesting and the 

schools and students benefit greatly in terms of exposure to new 

knowledge and the opportunity to increase the educational materials 

available for learning.” Ms. Kuti added that the topic for this year’s 

debate, “Reparation: Yes or No?” will challenge the students to delve 

into African history and learn new things about their heritage. “We want 

to keep Fela’s love of culture and learning alive among young people,” 

she said.
While concluding the discussion, Adenrele Niyi urged the Fela Foundation 

to also get involved in the AFRIMA 2016 programme of events from 

November 4-6, 2016 which includes the Africa Music Business Summit on 

Friday, November 4 and the AFRIMA Music Village, an open concert-style 

festival featuring nominees and other top billed music stars, also on 

Friday, November 4.
In partnership with the AUC and the Official Host City, Lagos State, 

AFRIMA 2016 grand awards ceremony holds on Sunday, November 6 with 

thousands of guests expected in Lagos for the various events.

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