AFRIMA shines in Ghana, calls for submission

Akeem Lasisi

As the All Africa Music Awards opens submission for its 2018 edition today, it is still reliving the experience it had in Ghana where it unveiled the year’s calendar of events.

AFRIMA’s leadership noted that it, on Monday, experienced the warmth of the music and culture industry of Ghana. May 21 when the calendar of events for the fifth edition of the event came alive. The calendar was unveiled by the African Union, following a meeting and courtesy visit to the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Welcoming the delegation led by the Head of Culture, African Union Commission, Mrs. Angela Martins, at the Presidential Office, Jubilee House, Accra, Akufo-Addo, lauded the initiative of AFRIMA in conceiving a platform that showcases Africa positively to the world through the creativity of the music talents and distinctive African cultural heritage.

“The people of Ghana are proud to host the 2018 AFRIMA World Media Calendar Unveiling event and to receive the delegation of officials from the AU and AFRIMA, as well the talented artistes and the media. I’m excited to hear that AFRIMA is engaging the rest of the world on an intellectual platform with conferences and the music awards. We hope you have had a remarkable experience of Ghanaian hospitality. Our hope is that we will host the main awards ceremony,” the President stated.

Other officials of the government of Ghana who received the AU-AFRIMA delegation included the  Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Catherine Abelema; Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo; Principal Personal Assistant to the President, Saratu Atta;  Chief Director, Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Dr. Joel Sonne; Director, Tourism Council, Ghana, Chief Nana Anim and celebrated Ghanaian music artistes, including Nana Kwame Ampadu, who joined her colleagues from other African countries for the courtesy visit.

Earlier, while delivering the AU’s remarks to President Akufo-Addo,  Martins expressed gratitude to the government and people of Ghana for their commitment and support.

“We cherish the partnership with the government of Ghana since it will enhance the pan-African nature of the AFRIMA initiative. The AU also uses the AFRIMA platform to voice key messages related to the arts and culture and other social issues, such as the campaign on Ebola in 2014”, she said.

The International Committee of AFRIMA was represented  by President and Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mr. Mike Dada; Director, Brand Communications, AFRIMA, Ms. Matlou Tsotetsi; AFRIMA Regional Director, Central Africa, Mr. Ernest Ewane; AFRIMA Regional Director, West Africa; Mr. Don Obilor; AFRIMA Co-Producer/Country Director Nigeria, Mr. Kingsley James; AFRIMA Country Director Ghana, Mr. Francis Dok;, AFRIMA Jury Member (West Africa), Mr. Olisa Adibua and AFRIMA Consultant, Regional Partnerships and Sponsorship, Dr. Bukola Bello-Jaiyesimi.

Meanwhile, the calendar unveiling of the 5th AFRIMA took place later in the day at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra where the theme of the awards, Africa is Music, was also revealed to the large gathering of the African and international media.

The ceremony was attended by record label owners, practitioners and music artistes, such as Sarkodie (Ghana); 2Baba (Nigeria); Victoria Kimani (Kenya); Becca (Ghana); Ahmed Soultan (Morocco); Stanley Enow (Cameroon); Seyi Shay (Nigeria); Emtee (South Africa); Falz (Nigeria); Fancy Gaddam (Ghana); Stanley Adjetey (Ghana); Dark Suburb (Ghana); Zeynab (Republic of Benin) and Jah Phinga (Ghana).

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