The African Union Commission (AUC) has announced Ghana as the host country for the 5th All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).
This, the organizers noted, follows the “receipt of the Letter of Intent to Host AFRIMA dated April 18, 2018, addressed to the Commissioner of Social Affairs, African Union Commission, Mrs Amira Elfadil and signed by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana, Catherine Afeku.”
The 5th AFRIMA Host Country unveiling was done at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday, September 6, 2018.
It was done by the AU’s Acting Director for Social Affairs, Mariama Cisse Mohamed; Head of Culture, African Union, Ms Angela Martins, and President and Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mr.Mike Dada.
In her response, Mrs Amira Elfadil congratulated Ghana “on overcoming the competition involved in hosting AFRIMA and winning the Host Country rights through a transparent process.”
The AU also thanked the Lagos State Government (Nigeria) for partnering and supporting the successful hosting of previous editions of AFRIMA.
“We are counting on the Republic of Ghana to fulfil all requirements and efforts to make AFRIMA 2018 a huge success. The 2018 edition of AFRIMA is also the 5th edition of the continental awards and the 5th AFRIMA remains steadfast to the AUC’s values of promoting African unity and celebrating cultural uniqueness through the program of events on the AFRIMA calendar between May and November 2018.
“Music and Entertainment are key sectors of the African culture industry stimulating the sustainable social development and growth of Africa. It is in this light that the AUC is determined to support these sectors to continue to contribute significantly to Africa`s development and favourable economic advantage on the global stage,” the AU Commissioner stated further.
The event, scheduled for November 21-24, to be known as the 5th All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA – Ghana 2018, will have main awards programme spanning four days of exhilarating activities.
Activities scheduled to precede the main awards ceremony include the AFRIMA Welcome Soiree; Africa Music Business Summit; AFRIMA Music Village; Media Interviews/Meet & Greet; and a tour of the historic Elmina Castle in Ghana.
In partnership with the African Union, the All Africa Music Awards is the biggest music event on the continent and the awards ceremony will be broadcast live to 84 countries across the globe.