The African Union Commission (AUC) has announced Lagos State as the official Host City of the third edition of The All Africa Music Awards.
The announcement ceremony, which took place at Protea Hotel, GRA, Ikeja in Lagos on Monday August 15, 2016, amidst pomp, was attended by officials of the African Union; members of the international committee of AFRIMA; AFRIMA 2015 winners; top government functionaries; stakeholders in the creative/ entertainment industry in Africa, media executives, and musical artistes.
Formally declaring Lagos as the official city to host AFRIMA 2016 edition, the Head of Culture, African Union Commission, Ms. AngelaMartins posited that taking a decision on the Centre of Excellence was a herculean task because all the cities targeted were equal to the task in terms of infrastructure, tourism potential and richness of culture but Lagos State has an edge in key areas.
Prior to the prestigious occasion, AU had targeted four cities as potential hosts for the continental awards ceremony. These cities were: Calabar (Cross River State), Lagos (Lagos State), Port Harcourt (Rivers State) and Uyo (Akwa Ibom State).
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode said that 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, just as he expressed his administration’s commitment to continue to support the talents in the industry and promote cultural heritage of the continent.
“Our vision to promote art, culture & tourism is in line with the objectives of AU & the Int’l Committee of AFRIMA. Our government will continue to support the creative industry and make Lagos the hub of entertainment in Africa. Lagos Remains the Cornerstone for Driving African Arts and Culture”, he said.