AFRIMA Awards 2020 Suspended Due To Covid-19 Pandemic
The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), one of the biggest African award shows, have decided to postpone this year’s event.This is due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. AFRIMA has now been rescheduled for 2021.
According to the official statement, the decision to cancel this year’s 7th edition was taken after several months of studying the pandemic. The African Union Commission and AFRIMA also said that the postponement will pave way for new and creative ways to host events.
The official statement read:
“The health and safety of the community of AFRIMA Stakeholders is of utmost importance to us. Many of our awards nominees and delegates travel from different parts of the continent and from other parts of the globe to Africa each edition. And fully understanding the risks involved with such movements, the suspension of the 2020 edition of AFRIMA is the only prudent course for us.”
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“We work day and night each year to ensure we provide a world-class and safe awards event. Now, we are focusing all of our efforts on making our future events even better. We hope that the world will be able to take adequate action. And that the spread of the virus will soon be contained.”
It added, “We would like to thank all our stakeholders and partners for their support, open discussions and encouragement. We will continue to work with every one of you and share more information about our plans for the coming year. Which has been declared by the Policy Organs of the African Union as the year of Arts, Culture and Heritage and will be celebrated under the theme Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want.’
The statement further continues;
“The All Africa Music Awards being a music property that recognises and rewards the work and talent of a myriad of African artistes from the old to the new generation of musicians will without doubt fully contribute to the AU year of arts, culture and heritage, through the promotion of the creative industries of music and audio-visual.”
“The continental awards stimulates conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the world about the potential of the creative arts. And it’s for significant contribution for social cohesion, national, regional and continental integration as well as sustainable development in Africa.”
Meanwhile, the annual AFRIMA awards is usually a five-day event featuring music concerts, networking series, and the award ceremony.
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