Organisers of the yearly All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, have picked Ghana as the host of the 2018 edition.
The award, which is expected to take hold from November 21 to 24, was announced by the organising committee of AFRIMA.
Fifth in its series, the event was established by the International Committee of AFRIMA, in collaboration with the African Union, AU, to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting the African cultural heritage. Its first four editions (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) were hosted in Lagos, Nigeria.
Amira Elfadil, AU commissioner, in a statement said: “We are counting on the Republic of Ghana to fulfill 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 favorable economic advantage on the global stage.”
Activities that will precede this year’s edition include the AFRIMA Welcome Soiree; Africa Music Business Summit; AFRIMA Music Village; media interviews/meet and greet; and a tour of the historic Elmina Castle in Ghana.
Top African artistes who have emerged winners in the award include Olamide, the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Don Jazzy, Davido, Tuface Idibia, Angelique Kidjo, P Square, Fally Ipupa amongst others.