…As Conakry hosts African Union stakeholders’ meeting

The officials of African Union Commission (AUC) and members of the 
International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) were 
hosted by the government and people of the Republic of Guinea during the 
African Union Stakeholders’ meeting held between Thursday, June 13 and 
Saturday, June 15, 2019 in Conakry, the capital city, to propagate the 
idea and objectives of AFRIMA in line with the AU Agenda 2063, Charter 
for African Cultural Renaissance and the Plan of Action on Cultural and 
Creative Industries.

The stakeholders’ meeting was in a bid to get the Charter for African 
Cultural Renaissance ratified among Pan African countries, alongside 
promoting the AFRIMA objectives and its programme of events for the 6th 
edition which commenced on May 10, 2019 and culminates in the main 
events in November 2019.

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Sports, Guinea, received the delegation 
of AU and AFRIMA officials on behalf of the government and on hand to 
meet the delegation were other stakeholders from the creative and arts 
industry including music professionals, music executives, members of 
cultural group association, members of Guinea Dance Troupe and the 

The African Union and AFRIMA delegation included the Head of Culture, 
African Union, Ms. Angela Martins; the President/Executive Producer, 
AFRIMA, Mr. Mike Dada; Director General, African World Heritage Fund, 
Varissou Shuaib and Director of the Observatory of Cultural policies in 
Africa (OCPA), Professor Lupwishi Mbuyamba, who paid a visit to the 
National Museum in Conakry where they were treated to a display of 
Guinean’s rich culture and heritage, with artefacts and ancient musical 
instrument reflecting the cultural journey of the Guineans.

Speaking on behalf of the ministry, Monsieur Fodeba Isto Keira, the 
Secretary General/Permanent Secretary expressed happiness that the AU 
and AFRIMA visited the Republic of Guinea for the purpose of entrenching 
the values and opportunities in the culture and creative industry in 
Africa. He pledged the support of the government and people of Republic 
of Guinea to the AFRIMA initiative.

The team also paid a courtesy visit to the President of the National 
Assembly of the Republic of Guinea, His Excellency, Dr. Claus Kory 

Addressing attendees and journalists, Mr. Dada enjoined participation of 
African music lovers in the ongoing entry submission for the 6th edition 
of AFRIMA, where eventual nominees compete in the 36 various categories 
to win the AFRIMA 23.9 carat gold-plated trophy. He also reiterated that 
entry submission of songs closes on August 2, 2019 to which some 
respondents pledged to uphold the AFRIMA objectives in accordance with 
the AU policy on Africa transformation through social integration, a 
mission embarked upon by AFRIMA since its first edition of the awards 
event in 2014

The 6th edition is a four-day packed full of exhilarating activities 
scheduled to hold in November. AFRIMA, in partnership with the African 
Union, is a music property that recognises and rewards the work and 
talent of a myriad of African artists from the old to the new generation 
of musicians. Through its conference, AFRIMA also stimulates 
conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the 
world about the potential of the creative arts for real humanising 
enterprise on the continent, contributing significantly to social 
cohesion, national, regional and continental integration as well as 
sustainable development in Africa. The award show is usually broadcast 
to over eighty countries around the world.

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