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AFRIMA Withdraws Hosting Rights From Ghana

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The International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards, (AFRIMA) has withdrawn the hosting rights from Republic of Ghana for the 2019 and 2020 editions of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, over lack of capacity by the Host Country to meet the financial and contractual obligations entered to on July 12,2018, necessary to retain hosting the biggest music event in Africa.

The decision was reached on Monday, July 15 after several months of meetings and consultations with relevant stakeholders to remedy the situation with the expectation that the Republic of Ghana would provide concrete assurances and guarantees to discharge its contractual obligations for hosting the 2019 and 2020 editions of AFRIMA after its disappointing performance on the contract during the 2018 edition of the Awards held in Accra between November 21 and 24 which the organisers successfully put together against all odds.

It would be recalled that decision of the African Union (AU) and AFRIMA to award a three-term hosting right (2018-2020) of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) to Ghana followed the declaration of the President of Ghana, His Excellency, Nana Akufo Addo of his desire to host the AFRIMA Awards in Ghana made on May 21, 2018 during the AFRIMA 2018 Calendar Unveiling Ceremony held in Accra. After initially complying to some of the host country responsibilities, Ghana’s hosting rights for the 5th AFRIMA was publicly announced by the African Union at the African Union Secretariat Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on September 5, 2018 and a letter signed by the Commissioner of Social Affairs, African Union, Mrs. Amira El Fadil dated September 13, 2018 to effect the hosting rights was dispatched to the Government of the Republic of Ghana through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Ghana.

According to the International Advisor, AFRIMA, Mr. Rikki Stein, while thanking the young people and the media in Ghana said; “It was a hard decision for us to withdraw the awards hosting rights for the next two years (2019 and 2020 editions) from the Republic of Ghana. As an awards owned for the African people, it is structured to travel around the continent giving the people the true African experience. We have some fond memories of our time in Ghana immersing ourselves in the lifestyle and music and we have formed great friendships among the Ghanaian people. We look forward to returning to Ghana at a more opportuned time. However, we cannot afford to compromise the standard of the laudable vision of AFRIMA to create a truly African brand that connects Africans and build the equity of Africa. The situation faced in Ghana has the potential to erode the goodwill and giant strides we have achieved in Africa through the awards”.

Mr. Stein, a former Manager and friend of Afrobeat Legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, added that AFRIMA is geared to increase the tourism and entertainment equity of a host country as the host receives an influx of international and Africa dignitaries, AFRIMA nominees, music stars and executives who attend the four-day programme of activities. AFRIMA further offers benefits that would help in raising the continental and international profile of the host country, including an opportunity to tap into the millions of participants and followers of the growing African music.

The African Union had enjoyed a successful and effective hosting partnership with the Federal Republic of Nigeria that won the right to host the four editions of AFRIMA –from 2014-2017.

“The support of the Ministry of Information & Culture, Nigeria with sponsorship from the Government of Lagos State, Nigeria 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”, Mr. Stein explained.

“Our concerns are genuine and worrying. We must see a commitment from the Host Country government to secure suitable venues in advance for holding the AFRIMA Awards ceremony and events, to provide suitable hotel accommodation in advance for nominees, artistes and guests of the Awards and to provide and process visas -on-arrival in advance and in good time for guests, nominees, artistes, contractors and other relevant stakeholders attending the Awards. If these are not in place, then we have a recipe for disaster on our hands”, he stated.

The International Committee of AFRIMA has said it is working to determine a new host country for the 6th edition of the annual All Africa Music Awards AFRIMA and this will be announced in August 2019. After five outstanding editions of AFRIMA from 2014 to 2018, the 6th edition will continue in the tradition of celebrating the scintillating musical culture of Africa by featuring exhilarating Pan-Africa events through the lifespan of the calendar year in 2019.

The events on the AFRIMA 2019 calendar include the ‘Call for Entry/Entry Submission’ opening on May 15 to end on August 2, a process when African music professionals from across the continent submit their musical works, songs and recordings via the official AFRIMA website www.afrima.org for a possible shot at nomination in one or more of the 36 categories of AFRIMA.

The 6th AFRIMA Main Awards Ceremony, a four-day fiesta of music, glamour, Afrocentricism and entertainment, holds in November in the official awards Host City. The four-day event commences with the Welcome Soiree followed by the AFRIMA Music Village, the Host City Tour, the Africa Music Business Summit, the exclusive Nominees Party and concludes with the live Awards Ceremony. 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 partners.

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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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