The Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union, H.E. Mrs. Amira ElFadil
Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Catherine Afeku
The 2018 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) annual calendar of programmes will be unveiled on Monday, May 21, 2018 by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with Government of the Republic of Ghana, and the International Committee of AFRIMA during a world media event and music conference scheduled for Accra, the capital city of Ghana.
Part of the agenda for the Calendar Unveiling of the fifth annual edition of AFRIMA is a Courtesy Visit to His Excellency, the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is set to receive African delegates and music stars attending the event from around Africa including the Head of Culture, African Union, Mrs. Angela Martins; President/Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mr. Mike Dada; Director, Brand Communications, AFRIMA; Ms. Matlou Tsotetsi; AFRIMA Regional Director; Western Africa, Mr. Don Obilor, the Ghanaian-UK AFRIMA Juror, (representing UK-Diaspora) and BBC-1 show host, Ms. Rita Ray and theAFRIMA Country Director, Ghana, Mr. Francis Doku.
Becca, Ghana Artiste (AFRIMA 2017 Nominee for Best Female in Western Africa)
Sarkodie, Ghana Artiste (2016 Nominee for Artiste of the Year, and 2017 Nominee for Best Male Artiste in Western Africa)
Wizkid, Nigerian Artiste (Winner 2017 Best Male Artiste in West Africa, Winner 2017 Artiste of the Year in Africa, and Winner 2017 Song of the Year in Africa)
Ahmed Soultan, Moroccan Artiste (2015 Winner for Best Male Artist in North Africa, and 2016 Winner for Album of the Year)
Also participating at the event are past AFRIMA nominees and winners, music professionals and executives, creative/culture industry policy makers, members of the media industry and other award-winning recording artistes living in Ghana and in other African countries.
Commenting on the event in line with government’s objective to develop sustainable tourism pivoted on Ghanaian arts and culture, Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Catherine Afeku, said: “Arts and culture, as a sector, remains one of Africa’s greatest strengths. As well as being a source of values, identity and a sense of belonging , the creative industries have become a driver of economic growth and job creation. In agreeing to host the AFRIMA 2018 Calendar Unveiling, the Government of Ghana is motivated by the need to harness the potential of the creative sector of Ghana to promote national and regional tourism. We congratulate the African Union for lending its weight behind this laudable effort”.
Eddy Kenzo, Ugandan Artiste (2017 Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa, and 2017 Album of the Year in Africa)
Stonebwoy, Ghana Artiste (Winner 2015 Best Artiste in Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall)
Hon. Afeku added, “The Government of Ghana recognizes the potential of the Creative Industries to shape and reinforce the country’s economic growth. Studies show that by the end of the first decade of this millennium, cultural activities contributed to 1.53% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of our country. Zeroing in on music industry, it is reported with some justifiable pride that that sector alone adds approximately GH¢100 million to GDP”.
Speaking on the collaborative work by the African Union and the International Committee of AFRIMA to create inventive solutions to achieving the AU Charter for African Cultural Renaissance and the Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries, the Acting Director for Social Affairs, African Union Commission, Madam Mariama Cisse revealed that partnerships with member AU states such as Ghana further galvanise the achievement of the AU policy on Africa transformation through social integration.