Senegal’s government has agreed to host the eighth edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA). This was revealed at the Hotel King Fahd Royal Palace in Senegal during a joint world media conference for the host country unveiling.
The main awards ceremony will be held in a francophone country for the first time. In addition, the awards ceremony, which was originally scheduled for December, has been pushed back four weeks to January 12-15, 2023. This means that the voting deadline is extended until January 13, 2023, at 23:00. (CAT).
The announcement was made by the International Committee of AFRIMA, the African Union Commission, and the Republic of Senegal in a joint statement. Representatives of Senegal’s Minister of Culture and Communication, Dr. Masamba Gaye, African Union Commission officials, AFRIMA delegates, and stakeholders in African music were among those in attendance.
DJ Neptune (Nigeria), Iba One (Mali), DJ Moh Green (French-Algerian), Akhlou Brick Paradise, Jeba, Demba Guisse, Pa Gaye Mbaye, Kane Diallo, and Jamman from Senegal were also in attendance.
Angela Martins, the African Union Commission’s Head of Culture and Social Affairs Division, noted that the award has come a long way since its inception in 2014. She described AFRIMA as the only continental platform dedicated to promoting and disseminating musical works and the unrivalled talent of African musicians from both young and old generations.
The Senegalese Minister of Tourism and Air Transport, Alioune Sarr, who was represented by Philip Ba, assured the audience that the Senegalese government will partner and collaborate with AFRIMA to ensure the success of the event in Senegal, noting that Senegal’s President, Macky Sall, intends to position himself as the President of all African lovers of culture, which is what AFRIMA is all about.