The much awaited All Africa Music Awards AFRIMA 2019 has come and gone with so many Nigerian artists including other super stars across Africa smiling home with Awards in various categories.
The awards show which was held in Lagos, hosted a lot of the biggest and new African talents.
Nigerian Innocent Tuface Idibia got Special Recognition Award alongside Tiwa Savage who won the Best Female Artiste in Western Africa for her song “One” while Joeboy won the Best African Duo or Group in African Pop for his song “Baby”.
Others include Burna Boy’s who won the Album of the Year and the Best Male Artiste in Western Africa for his song “Ye”, while Wizkid’s song – Fever – featuring Tiwa Savage, won the Song of the Year.
And from South Africa, Nadia Nakai went home with the best female artist in southern Africa award and Best African Rapper/Lyricist.
Legend of the year award went to Awilo logoma while a seventeen year old Nikita kering went won the best female in Eastern Africa and revelation of the African continent award amongst others.
The Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mr. Mike Dada said that the organization is using culture and art as a platform to change the narratives of unemployment, extreme poverty and homelessness on the continent.
According to him, there are so many youths that still roaming the streets because they have no hope of where to get their next meal, calling on government and well-meaning Nigerians to help in reducing the ravaging high poverty rate in the country.
“No one is saved in this country until the poverty rate is reduced and the youths are giving hope. Let us do something to alleviate the sufferings and hardship in Nigeria.” He added.
On his part, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, assured that the Government is on the move to remove all impediments to the growth of the Creative Industry, as part of the ongoing efforts to encourage the growth of the sector.
The Minister said the government is providing the necessary framework to ensure that listeners of music pay for it.
He also gave the assurance that internet data must be cheaper and owners of content will start making more money from the use of their works.
“As we head into 2020, the successful commercialization of the Creative industry is our number one priority. It will create jobs, reduce crime, be a major source of foreign exchange and thereby reduce our dependence on oil, rebrand our country internationally and boost our GDP.
“We in government are tackling all impediments to that impede the thriving of the industry. We are making cheaper and longer term financing available for the industry, especially for infrastructural projects, like concert halls across the six geo-political zones of the country, as recently announced by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
We are also making efforts to make data cheaper and owners of content must make more money from the use of their works.” he stated.
This year’s AFRIMA is the 6th edition.