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AU unveils 6th AFRIMA Awards calendar


The African Union Commission, AUC, has formally unveiled the 2019 All
Africa Music Awards, tagged; 6TH AFRIMA, calendar of events at the African
Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday, May 13, 2019.

In a press release signed by the Acting Director, Social Affairs
Department, African Union Commission, Mr. Machacha Shepande, the first
activity on the continental awards event calendar is submission of entries
which open globally on to African music professionals
either living on the continent or in the diaspora from Wednesday, May 15
and closes on Friday, August 2, 2019. Further details on entry submission
guidelines are available on the AFRIMA website.

The submission of songs and videos must be produced or released under the
year in review i.e. August 1, 2018 to August 2, 2019. African music
artistes, managers, producers, record label owners, recording companies,
video directors, Disc Jockeys, Choreographers/dancers, publicists and
entertainment/music journalist are eligible to submit their works or
submit on behalf of their clients in any of the 36 AFRIMA award
Other activities on the event calendar are; the 13-man jury adjudication
process and nominees selection from August 6 to August 12. A ‘World Media
Announcement of 6TH AFRIMA Nominees’ List’ will take place on August 13 to
publicly unveil African artistes and/or works that have been nominated in
the regional and continental categories leading to winners of the AFRIMA
23.9 carat gold plated trophy.

On August 19, ‘AFRIMA Public Voting’ process will open to academy of
voters, African music fans and followers around the globe which closes 24
hours before the main awards ceremony, and would be monitored and audited
by a reputable International Auditing Firm.

According to the press statement, The Main Awards Ceremony, a four-day
fiesta of music, glamour, Afrocentricism and entertainment, holds from
November 6 to November 9 in the official awards Host City. It will be
preceded by Welcome Soiree, AFRIMA Music Village, the Host City Tour, the
Africa Music Business Summit, and the exclusive Nominees Party.

Other build up activities leading up to the main awards ceremony include
conferences, stakeholders meetings, festivals, speaking engagements,
University Campus Concert and courtesy visits to heads of governments and
leaders of institutions in corporate and government sectors across the
five regions of Africa to achieve an all-round engagement with all
relevant AFRIMA stakeholders.

AFRIMA, in partnership with the African Union, is a music property that
recognises and rewards the work and talent of a myriad of African artistes
from the old to the new generation of musicians. It also stimulates
conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the world
about the potential of the creative arts for real humanizing enterprise on
the continent, contributing significantly to social cohesion, national,
regional and continental integration as well as sustainable development in
Africa. The live awards show is broadcast to over eighty countries around
the world.

The 2018 edition of AFRIMA awards ceremony was hosted by the Republic of
Ghana, through the partnership of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and

Fans of African music globally can follow along and take part in the
AFRIMA 2019 events on social media, live stream on the AFRIMA website, the
AFRIMA App and by tuning to over 84 television stations which are AFRIMA


Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.