It was a phenomenal moment for all music lovers across Africa as the International Committee of All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, in partnership with African Union Commission, AUC, announced the nominees for the 2015 edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) at an international media conference which took place on Friday, August 14,, 2015 at Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
Nominees are contending for the coveted AFRIMA 23.9 karat gold-plated trophy in 33 categories divided into the regional and continental categories and including the AFRIMA Legend Award and music/entertainment journalist of the year award.
In the Inspirational category, Gospel sensation Monique and Ogecha will be contending with other nominees for the award while Darey, Timi Dakolo and Gospel group Difference will also be contending in the Best Male Inspirational Music category.
See the categories below:
Best Male Artist in Inspirational
|Darey||Pray for Me||Nigeria|
|Prince Eyango||Merci Seigneur||Cameroon|
|Timi Dakolo||Wish Me Well||Nigeria|
Best Female Artist in Inspirational
|Becky Joe||How Great||Nigeria|
|Betty Akna||Africa United||Equatorial Guinea|
|Lab’l||Ma ve wa Ngan||Cameroon|
|MoniQue||Na You Dey Reign||Nigeria|
Revealing programmes of AFRIMA 2015 event, the President/Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mike Dada said: “Recipients of the AFRIMA Legendary Award and the Africa Entertainment/Music Journalist Award will be decided by the International Committee of AFRIMA and revealed at the main awards ceremony on Sunday, November 15 while songwriter and producer of the year will be wholly decided by the academy.”
He added that: “The five star awards ceremony will be preceded by the AFRIMA Music Village between November 13 and 14, a two-day festival style outdoor concert of non-stop music, funfair and exhibition from countries in Africa and performances by African artistes. There will also be an African Music Summit on November 13, themed “Reviving the Business of Music in Africa“. The one-day conference will be a platform for the music industry stakeholders to engage and deliberate on how the industry can be nurtured and be a major contributor to national and continental economies.”
“AFRIMA in partnership with the African Union Commission is aimed at celebrating the rich musical heritage of the African continent. We want to use AFRIMA as a pedestal to explore the power of music as a tool of integration and prosperity in Africa despite the challenges it faces” Mr Dada concluded.
AFRIMA will be held in Nigeria to be broadcast to 84 countries on 109 television stations across the world with the support of its media partners.