Four states were in the race to host the third edition of AFRIMA 2016, Calabar (Cross River State), Lagos (Lagos State), Port Harcourt (Rivers State) and Uyo (Akwa Ibom State). However, Lagos State has emerged as host for the event that is slated to take place between November 4 and 6, 2016.
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode today said the winning of the hosting right of the 2016 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) by the State has further confirmed the fact that Lagos is now the cornerstone for driving African arts and culture.
Governor Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja, when he received AFRIMA delegation led by Head of Culture of African Union Commission, Ms Angela Martins and AFRIMA President, Mike Dada, expressed excitement at the development and accepted the hosting right, saying that it was in sync with his passion of using tourism, hospitality, entertainment, arts and sports to promote excellence.
“I want to thank the African Union and the organizers of the All Africa Music Awards for finding it worthy to once again pick Lagos as the host city. We are very glad that Lagos has become more or less the cornerstone for driving the African arts and culture.
Speaking also was the representative of the African Union Commission, Yvette Ngandu, who emphasized that the aim of the African union commission is to promote the cultural and creative industry and this has been effectively done with the AFRIMA initiative.
Ngandu said: “The main goal of the African Union Commission is the development of continental policies and to monitor the implementation of such policies in the African union member states.
“And the support it renders to AFRIMA finds expression in practice.”
Some of the notable names in the entertainement industry who were part of the delegation include Innocent Idibia, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Seyi Shay, Praise, Simi, Olisa Adibua, Tee Mac, among others.