The All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, will present a two-year report of activities of the foremost awards event on the continent during the 3rd Ordinary Session of the Specialized Technical Committee Meeting on Youth, Culture and Sport (STC-YCS3) organised by the African Union Commission, AUC, in Algiers, Algeria from October 21 to 25, 2018 under the theme ‘The Role of African Youth in Building a Strong Culture towards Fighting Corruption”.
President and Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mr. Mike Dada will be presenting the report spanning July 2016 to September 2018 to the meeting of experts’ which will have in attendance senior officials of the African Union, experts from the Ministry of Youths, Sports and Culture of African Union member states and various stakeholders in the respective sectors.
This is following the usual practice of briefing the AU on its previous activities, also its preparations and planning towards the upcoming 5th edition to be held in Accra, Ghana from November 21 to 24, 2018.
This will include challenges, achievements and impact AFRIMA has made in the development of Youths in the arts and culture sector of the African economy, as well as the readiness and preparation of the host country, Republic of Ghana to make the 5th AFRIMA a huge success.
AUC STC-YCS3 will also include in-depth discussions on the sectors of youth, culture, and sports by participants and provide an opportunity for AU member states to discuss issues pertaining to the development of the youth, culture and sports sectors at the national, regional and continental level as well as establish synergies among the three sectors.
Participants will arrive at resolutions towards the discussed issues, while decisions will be adopted for implementation by member states.
In a letter dated 19th September 2018 with reference number DSA/CUL/16/3494.18 addressed to AFRIMA and signed by the Acting Director for Social Affairs, AUC, Dr. Marie-Goretti Harakeye Ndayisaba, reads “…It is in this context that I’m writing to invite you to participate in this important Ministerial Meeting and to present the report of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) from July 2016 to September 2018 to the Experts’ Meeting, for consideration and adoption.
The STC is set up by the African Union and serves as an Organ of the African Union in accordance with Article 5(1)(g) of the AU Constitutive Act.
Other reports to be presented during the sessions will include; Presentation of the Progress Report of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), Presentation of the Report of the 5th Pan- African Cultural Congress (PACC5), Presentation of the Report of the 1st African Union Pan-African Writers’ Conference (AU-PAWC1), Presentation on the African Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment (APAYE), Presentation of the Matrix of Implementation of Decisions on Sport of the STC-YCS2, amongst others.
The 5th edition of AFRIMA-GHANA 2018 is in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Republic of Ghana. Its main awards ceremony tagged “Africa is Gold” will have its programme spanning four days of exhilarating activities which are: AFRIMA Welcome Soiree on November 21; Africa Music Business Summit (AMBS) on November 22 at the Ballroom, Kempinski Hotel, Accra; AFRIMA Music Village from 5.00 p.m. till dawn at the Independence Square, Accra also on November 22; a tour of the notable sites and landmarks in Ghana on November 23 followed by Nominees Party from 10.00 p.m; and the main awards ceremony at the Accra International Conference Centre, AICC, Ghana, by 7.30 p.m with a live-broadcast red carpet commencing at 4.30 p.m. The events will be broadcast live to 84 countries across the globe.
AFRIMA, in partnership with African Union, is a music property that recognizes and rewards the work and talent of myriad of African artists from the old to the new generation of musicians.
AFRIMA 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.
UBA Ghana Donates African Literature Books To Four Senior High Schools To Mark Internatonal Day Of The African Child
UBA Ghana has donated boxes of various African Literature Books to four Senior High Schools to commemorate the 2021 International Day of the African Child
The beneficiary schools were Accra Academy Senior High School, Accra Girls’ Senior High School, Teshie Technical Institute all in the Greater Accra region and St Paul’s SHS in the Volta region.
The International Day of the African Child, is a day set aside to by the United Nations to celebrate Africa children on the 16th of June every year.
This donation is in line with the UBA Foundation commitment to the education of African Youth through the Read Africa Project.
Presenting the books to the various schools, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Henry Nii Dottey, said UBA is committed to rekindle the dwindling reading culture amongst African youths.
“The passion for reading informative and educative books is fast eroding due to the advent of materials on the internet and media content and this is part of the ills we want to correct in the continent’s educational sector”, he said.
He added: “Having identified the need to curb the trend across the continent, the UBA Foundation through the Read Africa has been donating books to encourage reading among junior and senior secondary schools students across Africa”.
Mr. Dottey also used the opportunity to call upon the schools to actively participate in this year’s National Essay Competition. He noted the National Essay Competition provides funding of up to US$10,000 annually and encourage all students to participate in order for them to enhance their chances of living the dreams of tertiary education in any part of Africa.
He added that the vision of Tony Elumelu through the Africapitalism project which seeks to use African resources to develop Africa can only start with the education of our people.
Mr. Emmanuel Ofoe Fiemawhle, Headmaster of Accra Academy and Mrs. Gifty Andoh, Headmistress of Accra Girls’ Senior High Schools both expressed their gratitude to UBA for the kind gesture demonstrated towards their schools.
They both assured UBA that the schools will put the books to good use and ensure students read them while encouraging them to start preparing towards this year’s National Essay Competition.
Sidney Williams tells Hammer, “You Know Too Well Not To Kiss Shatta Wale’s Ass.”
Sidney A. Williams, a Ghanaian entertainment critic and former radio producer for Y107.9FM in Accra, is dissatisfied with the recent words of renowned music producer Edward Nana Poku Osei, also known as “Hammer.”
Sidney’s dissatisfaction comes at the back of Hammer’s recent utterances about Ghanaian journalist Arnold Asamoah Baidoo who described dancehall artiste Shatta Wale as the most “inconsistent and confused” artist.
In a post, Hammer shared a different opinion saying;
“I can’t believe people are celebrating you for being so disrespectful to another human being in the name of what, opinion?” You people live quietly behind closed doors with your imperfections and just because someone’s life is public you think you can have an opinion?
In a new video shared on YouTube, Sidney who feels disappointed at Hammer’s utterances is heard saying;
“The attack on Arnold is so unfair. It’s so uncalled for. Knowing who Hammer is and the kind of things he’s doing can only be equated to ass-kissing. When people go wrong, it’s only right you allow them to be straightened than to jump behind them for whatever reason.”
He went ahead to advise Hammer to protect his image than speak to kiss ass which will eventually open him up for attacks and insults.
“You only need to be protecting your legendary status and achievements at this time than opening yourself up for attacks for actually saying things that lacks credence.”
Watch Sidney Williams speak out on the Shatta Wale, Hammer and Arnold debacle.
Kida Kudz Celebrates 2pac’s Birthday In Epic Tribute Video For ‘Makaveli’
Nigerian rapper, singer and songwriter hailing from London via Lagos and back Kida Kudz shares an unbelievable tribute video for ‘Makaveli’, his sonic homage to the late Tupac Shakur.
Referencing the ‘Hit ‘Em Up (Dirty)’ video, the Biggie & Tupac Doc by Nick Broomfield, the iconic NY Times cover alongside Snoop and Suge Knight, his appearance in Juice and more – it’s a perfectly executed tribute that was conceptualised and styled by Kida himself.
A track that he recorded at home in the UK where he was speaking about how he and his people move in life, ‘All my jigga’s anti-social’, it naturally progressed into being quite inspired by Makaveli and Tupac’s spirit and attitude – one of his biggest influences.
Following the lyrically potent first single Animalistic’ that explored incarceration and his euphoric house and dancehall infused Bella Smhurda assisted ‘Ball Till We Fall’, ‘Makaveli’ is the third single taken from his highly anticipated new mixtape TOP MEMBA out July 9th and available to pre-order now.
Speaking on the video, Kida said: “Makaveli was shot by my friend Visionnaire Pictures. The idea came from both of us putting our heads together to think of the best 2Pac images and recreate them on a budget in the studio. I styled myself using vintage pieces and a lot of clothes I already owned as I love 90’s fashion… I got the pieces from my wardrobe, ordered some, and got my family members to help out with styling …The thought was to bring 2pac back to life, trying to get it as close as possible…. It’s an energised video from head to toe.”
Since its announcement and release of accompanying singles this Spring, TOP MEMBA is already set to scorch the scene this summer with early support from the likes of Highsnobiety, The Line of Best Fit, Complex, Dummy, Notion, CLASH, DJ Target and more. Aptly and affectionately named after Kida’s fans to whom this mixtape is dedicated to, this highly anticipated 10-tracker was written in the afterglow of the birth of his first son at his home in London, making this his most intent and personal body of work to date.
Born in ‘IB City’ Ibadan, Nigeria and raised by his serial entrepreneur mother, Kida Kudz always had an intense love for music counting the likes of Lil Wayne, Tupac, DMX, BBK, Fela Kuti, Haruno Ishola, Tuface and Ebenezer Obey as some of his most vital influences. After winning two high profile talent competitions in Nigeria as a young boy, Kida’s unrelenting work ethic and drive led him to move to London, UK, when he was 14 to take his craft more seriously studying Music Technology, Audio Engineering, Music Business and Media Production at college and university.
Thrust into a completely new environment and culture at such a decisive age, like many young African immigrants in the UK Kida battled with issues around acceptance and identity but found solace in music. The sound you hear today self-coined ‘AFRO JIGGY’ is the perfect manifestation Kida’s dual identity and artistic sensibilities blending the best the UK and Africa has to offer that’s lead him to collaborate with the likes of Ms Banks and Pa Salieu on Juls’ ‘Like Tu Danz’, Burna Boy on the ‘Issa Vibe Remix’ and Chip on his 2020 debut mixtape Nasty with the single ‘Red Flag’.
No stranger to the limelight, Kida Kudz’ authentic, intelligent and vibrant output has had incredible co-signs from Playboi Carti and A$AP Rocky as well as gaining fans in the likes of HYPEBEAST, RedBull, TRENCH, GRM Daily, Complex, Hunger, CLASH and more. He has graced festival stages from Oh My to Afronation and his distinguished personal style and keen eye for fashion has led to collaboration with Daily Paper, Tommy Hilfiger, Clarks and more.
TOP MEMBA TRACKLIST:
- Figure 8 Ft. Gemitaz
- Nobody Ft. Tanika
- Cherry Mango Ft. Made Kuti
- Ball Till We Fall Ft. Bella Shmurda
- Ghetto Riddim Ft Bobby 6ix & Daddy 1
- Never Saw Us
WATCH: ‘MAKAVELI’: https://platoon.lnk.to/makaveli-video
STREAM/SHARE ‘MAKAVELI’: https://platoon.lnk.to/makaveli
PRE-ORDER TOP MEMBA: https://platoon.lnk.to/Top-Memba
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