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AFRICAN UNION TO HOST 6TH AFRIMA IN NIGERIA

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The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Committee of AFRIMA have announced that the 6th edition of the All Africa Music Awards themed ‘Feel Africa’ will be hosted in Lagos State, Nigeria in association with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigeria from November 20 to 23, 2019.

In partnership with the African Union, AFRIMA is a youth-focused music property that celebrates Africa, recognizes and rewards the work and talents of a myriad of African artists across generations.

AFRIMA is committed to the stimulation of conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the world about the potentials of the cultural and creative economy for real enterprise on the continent, contributing significantly to social cohesion and continental integration as well as sustainable economic growth and development in Africa by lending its voice to promotion of education and campaign against extreme poverty and preventable diseases.

‘Feel Africa’, is an initiative aimed at showcasing the African essence through its music and culture and inviting everyone to share in the experience of African unity, African passion, and African creativity. The theme takes inspiration from AFRIMA’s mission to change negative perspectives of Africa by promoting the cultural uniqueness of Africa as a means to counter issues hindering the unity, peaceful co-existence and economic growth of the continent.

Lagos State, rated as the largest music, entertainment and commercial hub in Western Africa and also renowned for its bubbly and hip lifestyle has hosted previous editions of AFRIMA from 2014 to 2017 with the support of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigeria. The support of the Government of Lagos State as AFRIMA Official Host City in 2016 and 2017 also fostered the smooth execution of the various AFRIMA events and facilitated the seamless engagement of corporate sponsorship/partnership at various facets of event planning and execution.

In her statement, Head of Culture, African Union Commission, Angela Martins says, “Nigeria playing host to the 6th AFRIMA is indicative of the beneficial relationship the country has developed with the AU & AFRIMA as we use this continental awards platform to strengthen Africa’s culture industries while also promoting the cultural identity and integration of Africans. 

We are also appreciative of Lagos State Government for hosting 4 previous successful editions of the annual awards programs of events. We are confident that hosting AFRIMA in Lagos state, Nigeria will in no small measure constitute significant achievements for the promotion of African Union’s cultural objectives through the AFRIMA platform”

Meanwhile, fans, followers and lovers of African music artistes have started visiting the AFRIMA online voting platform www.afrima.org that opened on Sunday, September 1 to cast votes for their favorite 6th AFRIMA Nominees. This voting process, which closes on November 22, will determine eventual winners in the 36 AFRIMA awards categories to be recognized at the main awards ceremony scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 23.

Also expressing high anticipation for the 6th awards ceremony, Associate Producer, AFRIMA, Adenrele Niyi comments, “The 6th AFRIMA finds home in Nigeria for the 2019 awards ceremony and we could not be more excited for this edition. We are coming out of a super successful 2018 edition in Ghana -the 5th AFRIMA was a milestone year for us. 

These are interesting times for African music as more of our creatives are defying the imaginary limitations of cultural diversity to collaborate and create magical music. Many of these works would be showcased at the awards events such as the AFRIMA Music Village concert and the Main Awards Ceremony.

Needless to say, the accomplishments of African music are far-reaching beyond the continent and we intend to create a 6th AFRIMA showpiece inspired by Afro-modernism. it is shaping up to be the best event Africa has ever seen”, Niyi added.

The 6th edition of AFRIMA will continue in the tradition of a four-day fiesta of music, glamour, Afrocentricism, and entertainment which will be experienced in the city of Lagos. Commencing with the Welcome Soiree on Wednesday, November 20, followed by AFRIMA Music Village on Thursday, November 21 by 6.00 p.m. prompt; Africa Music Business Summit on Friday, November 22 from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.; and the live AFRIMA main awards on Saturday, November 23 at 7.30 p.m. preceded by the live Red Carpet at 4.30 p.m.

The AFRIMA Music Village, Red carpet, and main awards events will be broadcast live to over 84 countries around the world including live streaming on the AFRIMA website and other online partner platforms.

All Africa Music Awards is the biggest music event on the continent. It offers benefits that would help in raising the continental and international profile of the host city, including an opportunity to tap into the millions of participants and followers of the growing African music.

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Lions Club To Undertake Free Health Screening At Adamorobe On December 1

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Health care in many parts of Ghana continues to be a challenge for residents, and in recent months, the focus on the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the advocacy and support for other life-threatening diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS.

For this reason, members of Lions Club International, District 418, Ghana, plan to hold a free health screening at Adamorobe, in the Akwapim South District, on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

Lions, together with St. Paul Anglican Child Development Center, and with support from a team of medical personnel and pharmaceutical suppliers, plan to screen residents for diabetes, malaria and HIV/AIDS. There will also be free eye and dental checks on the day.

The team will use the opportunity to also provide community members with important education on how to recognise, prevent and treat these diseases to ensure that their spread is controlled.

In a statement, the Lions Clubs explained that the date was chosen in order to tie together the celebration of World Diabetes Day (WDD), which is celebrated annually on 14 November, and World AIDS Day, which occurs on 1 December every year. The statement said that this year’s respective themes of “Access to Diabetes Care: If not now, when?” and “End Inequalities.

End AIDS” are “most significant” because underprivileged communities such as Adamorobe are being left behind on such essential services. “Lions are community leaders and facilitators, and we need to do all we can to improve access to important health care facilities and personnel.”

The Lions Club is the world’s largest service organization, made up of men and women who volunteer their time to identifying and solve community needs and challenges. This activity is being hosted by the Accra Ebony, Accra Diamond, Adenta Mountain View, and Accra Harmony Lions Clubs.

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IBA ONE, WIZKID, NIKITA KERING, FLAVOUR, BLAQ DIAMOND, MAKHADZI, FALLY IPUPA, KOFFI OLOMIDE, OTHERS WIN BIG AT AFRIMA 2021

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The biggest Music Awards in Africa, All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2021 ended on Sunday, November 21, 2021, after four days of scintillating and world- class production of events as Iba One, Wizkid, Nikita Kering, Fally Ipupa, Mahadzi, Blaq Diamond, koffi Olomide and other African music superstars within the continent and the Diaspora were recognized and celebrated for their creativity through music. AFRIMA 2021 held from November 18- 21 at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria with live broadcast on 84 television stations in 109 countries.

The surprise of the night was Malian Singer, Iba One who emerged the top winner in five categories including ‘Best Male Artiste in Western Africa’, ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Artiste, Duo, or Group in African Pop’. He also won in the ‘Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music’ and ‘Songwriter of the Year’ categories.

Wizkid who was nominated in six categories followed closely, winning in the ‘Best African Collaboration’, ‘Song of the Year’, and ‘Artiste of the Year’ categories with his hit song, ‘Essence’ featuring Tems. Kenyan teenage singer, Nikita Kering bagged two awards in ‘Best Female Artiste in Eastern African’ and “Best Artiste, Duo, or Group in African RnB’ categories. AFRIMA 2021 youngest nominee, 13-year-old Shanah Manjeru from Kenya emerged as the winner in the ‘Best African Female Artiste in Inspirational Music’ category.

Winners in other categories of the award are ‘Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa’ (Dizzy Dros – Morocco),  ‘Best Female Artiste in Western Africa’ (Djelykaba Bintou – Guinea), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Traditional’ (Yonas Maynas -Eritrea), ‘Breakout Artiste of The Year’ (Djelykaba Bintou-Guinea), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Jazz’ (Hornsphere-Kenya), ‘Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa’ (Cleo Ice Queen-Zambia), ‘Best African Artiste, Rapper or Lyricist’ (Elow’n -Cote D’Ivoire), ‘Best African DJ’(Dj Sinyorita-Tanzania), ‘Best African Video’ (Steven Awuku-Guinea), ‘Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa’ (Manal-Morocco), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Reggae, Ragga’ (Stonebwoy feat. Davido – Ghana), ‘African Fans Favourite’ (Fireboy DML-Nigeria), ‘Best Male Artiste in Central Africa’(Fally Ipupa feat. Dadju-Congo, Democratic Republic), and “Best African Artiste, Duo, Group or Band’ (Sauti Sol feat. Bensoul, Nviiri The storyteller -Kenya).

 The well attended event had dignitaries from all walks of life including ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps from 18 countries, chief executive of corporations, African Union Commission officials, executives of music labels and recording companies as well musicians across the world.

Other winners according to the result presented by the global auditing firm, Pricewaterhousecoopers (PWC) are ‘Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa’ (Eddy Kenzo-Uganda), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Rock’ (RASH-Kenya), ‘Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa’(Blaq Diamond -South Africa), ‘Best Global Act’ (Beyonce feat. Wizkid, Blue Ivy Carter & SAINt JHN-United States), ‘Best Female Artiste in Central Africa’-(Shan’L  feat. Fally Ipupa – Gabon), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Contemporary’ (Majoos feat. Koffi Olomide-Congo, Democratic Republic), ‘Producer of the Year’ (Legendury Beatz-Nigeria), ‘Best Female African Act in Diaspora’ (Naomi Achu-Cameroon/United States), ‘Most Promising African Artiste’ (El Grande Toto feat. Damso-Morocco), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Electro’ (Makhadzi feat. Mr Brown-South Africa), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography’ (Flavour feat. Fally Ipupa & Diamond Platnumz-Nigeria), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Hip Hop’ (Cheque feat. Fireboy DML-Nigeria), and ‘Best Male African Act in Diaspora’ (Rotimi-Nigeria/United States).

For her role in the movement to make Juneteenth a national holiday in commemoration of the June 19, 1865 announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general, Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for slaves in Texas, African-American 95-year-old activist, Opal Lee was given a lifetime achievement award at AFRIMA 2021. The award was received by her granddaughter who came into Lagos from the United States. Congolese Soukus singer, dancer, producer, and composer, Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, known professionally as Koffi Olomide received AFRIMA 2021 Legend Award.

The award ceremony which was preceded by red carpet was electrified by many artistes with performances from Shanah, Patoranking, Makhadzi, Ruger, Zuchu, Ladipoe, Olakira, Chike, Blaq Diamond, Platini P, Calema, Remy Adan, Nomcebo of the Jerusalema fame, Zoe Modiga, Sorais Ramos, D’Banj, Cavemen and Aramide who rendered a song in honour of the late Sound Sultan and other music super stars that died in the year under review and during COVID-19 pandemic.

The President and Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mike Dada, said: “AFRIMA was created to tell a positive African story through music rather than complain and lament about the negative perception of the continent by others.”

Since 2014, AFRIMA in conjunction with the African Union Commission has been regarded as the ultimate celebration of African talent in the continent and the Diaspora.

S/NWINNERCATEGORYCOUNTRY
1SHAN’LBEST FEMALE ARTIST CENTRAL AFRICAGABON
2FALLY IPUPAMALE ARTIST CENTRAL AFRICADR CONGO
3NIKITA KERINGBEST FEMALE ARTIST IN EASTERN AFRICAKENYA
4EDDY KENZOBEST MALE ARTISTE IN EASTERN AFRICAUGANDA
5MANALBEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN NORTHERN AFRICAMOROCCO
6DIZZY DROSBEST MALE ARTISTE IN NORTHERN AFRICAMOROCCO
7CLEO ICE QUEENBEST FEMALE SOUTHERN AFRICAZAMBIA
8BLAQ DIAMONDBEST MALE SOUTHERN AFRICASOUTH AFRICA
9IBA ONEBEST MALE ARTISTE WESTERN AFRICAMALI
10DJELYKABA BINTOUBEST FEMALE ARTISTE WESTERN AFRICAGUINEA
11FIREBOY DMLAFRICAN FAN’S FAVORITENIGERIA
12IBA ONEALBUM OF THE YEARMALI
13WIZKIDARTISTE OF THE YEARNIGERIA
14NAOMI ACHUBEST AFRICAN ACT IN THE DIASPORA (FEMALE)CAMEROON & (USA)
15ROTIMIBEST AFRICAN ACT IN THE DIASPORA (MALE)NIGERIA & (USA)
16WIZKID, TEMSBEST AFRICAN COLLABORATIONNIGERIA
17DJ SINYORITABEST AFRICAN DJTANZANIA
18SAUTI SOLBEST DUO, GROUP OR BANDKENYA
19ELOW’NBEST AFRICAN RAPPER LYRICISTCOTE D’IVOIRE
20STEVEN AWUKUBEST AFRICAN VIDEOGUINEA
21STONEBWOYBEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN REGGAE, RAGGA & DANCEHALLGHANA
22NIKITA KERING  BEST ARTISTE, DUO, OR GROUP IN AFRICAN R & B SOULKENYA
23FLAVOURBEST ARTIST OR DUO IN AFRICAN DANCE OR CHOREOGRAPHYNIGERIA
24CHEQUEBEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN HIP HOPNIGERIA
25HORNSPHEREBEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN JAZZKENYA
26RASH BANDBEST IN AFRICAN ROCKKENYA
27YONAS MAYNASBEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN TRADITIONALERITREA
28MAKHADZIBEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN ELECTROSOUTH AFRICA
29MAJOOSBEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN CONTEMPORARYDR CONGO
30IBA ONEBEST ARTISTE, DUO, OR GROUP IN AFRICAN POPMALI
31SHANAH MANJERUBEST AFRICAN FEMALE ARTISTE IN INSPIRATIONAL MUSICKENYA
32IBA ONEBEST AFRICAN MALE ARTISTE IN INSPIRATIONAL MUSICMALI
33DJELYKABA BINTOUBREAKOUT ARTISTE OF THE YEARGUINEA
34EL GRANDE TOTOMOST PROMISING AFRICAN ARTISTEMOROCCO
35LEGENDARY BEATZBEST PRODUCER OF THE YEARNIGERIA
36WIZKID, TEMSSONG OF THE YEARNIGERIA
37IBA ONE  SONG WRITER OF THE YEARMALI
38KOFI OLOMIDELEGEND AWARDDR CONGO
39OPAL LEELIFE-TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDUSA
40BEYONCEBEST GLOBAL ACTUSA

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Nguvu Launches Men’s Grooming Kit With Reggie Rockstone

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Nguvu, Ghana’s leading producer of all natural and authentic shea butter cosmetic products has announced the launch of its latest Mr. R2G Men’s Grooming Kit.

In addition to the launch of the grooming kit, management of Nguvu have also unveiled Reggie Rockstone as the brand ambassador for the line.

As the iconic male figure he is in the Ghanaian society, Reggie Rockstone epitomizes all that the Nguvu Mr. R2G Men’s Grooming Kit stands for hence the decision to associate him with the brand.

The Mr. R2G Men’s Grooming kit is third gift set under the Nguvu Man range of products and consists of whipped shea cream, hemp hair oil, activated charcoal soap and a travel size comb set (wooden comb/mini scissors/suede portable pouch).

All products are made with carefully and sustainably sourced raw materials and are 100% natural. Furthermore, the products are made in Ghana and approved by the Food and Drugs Authority.

Speaking on the launch Francesca Apeagyei Co-Founder, Head Business Development at Nguvu, said “We are proud to introduce our new range of natural products under the Nguvu Men’s range to our customers.”

“As an authentic Ghanaian business, we are committed to innovation and ensuring that we make products that are safe as well as relevant to our customers and important to the times we live in. The R2G as we all know it as Refuse to Grow Men’s Grooming Kit is for the everyday man who wants to establish and maintain healthy hygiene habits for the good of his physical and overall quality of life”

Nguvu [in-goo-voo] simply means ‘strength’.

Nguvu is the quality of being a woman: Strong, Capable and Productive. For us, strength represents the beautiful women who work hard to pick and process our Shea Products.

Therefore, whenever you support Nguvu, you directly support thousands of women in rural Ghana to raise their standard of living and provide quality education for their children.

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