AFRICAN UNION DECLARES LAGOS AS THE OFFICIAL HOST CITY OF AFRIMA 2016

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L-R: Head, Culture Department, Social Affairs Division, African Union, Ms. Angela Martins with the Executive Governor of Lagos State, H.E Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the State House, Alausa during a courtesy visit by Officials of AU and AFRIMA Executives at the State House, Ikeja, recently.

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L:R: Coordinator, Secretariat of the African Union Panel of the Wise, AU, Ms.Yvett Ngandu Presenting 23.9 Carat Gold Plated AFRIMA Trophy to the Executive Governor of Lagos State, H.E Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode during a courtesy visit by Officials of AU and AFRIMA Executives at the State House, Ikeja, recently.

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.

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Director, Brand and Communications, AFRIMA, Matlou Tsotsesi Unveiling Lagos State as the Host City for the 2016 All Afrca Music Awards (AFRIMA 3.0) in Lagos, recently.

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L-R: The Executive Governor of Lagos State, H.E Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and the 2015 AFRIMA Winner, Best Artiste in Africa RnB and Soul, Praiz during a courtesy visit by Officials of AU and AFRIMA Executives at the State House, Ikeja, recently.

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).

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L-R: President/Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mike Dada; Coordinator, Secretariat of the African Union Panel of the Wise, AU, Ms.Yvett Ngandu; Head, Culture Department, African Union, Ms. Angela Martins; Executive Governor of Lagos State, H.E Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; AFRIMA 2014 Winner, 2face Idibia and Director, Brand and Communications, AFRIMA, Ms. Matlou Tsotsesi during a courtesy visit by Officials of AU and AFRIMA Executives at the State House, Ikeja, recently.

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The Executive Governor of Lagos State, H.E Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (Front Row, Middle) with the cross section of AFRIMA delegates at the State House during a courtesy visit by Officials of AU and AFRIMA Executives at the State House, Ikeja, recently.

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Iheanyi Igboko is a social advocate, educator and journalist/blogger; working actively in the education and human development sector. He is passionate about promoting access to quality education, increasing youth active participation and engagement, and empowering young people to develop solutions to their problems. He craves unending hopes of a better Nigeria that will meet the hopes and aspirations of her citizens; and committed to building a nation that will seamlessly harness and develop her numerous human and capital potentials.

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