- Submission of entries starts May 30
By Tosin Ajirire
The calendar of events for the 2016 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has been unveiled.
The event, which was attended by officials of the African Union, stakeholders in the creative/entertainment industry, and award winning artistes from the continent, held in Banjul, Gambia last Tuesday.
Unveiling the calendar, President/Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mr. Mike Dada, announced the timeline for submissions of entries for this year’s awards. According to him, submission of entries will start on Monday, May 30 and closes on Saturday, July 30, 2016.
He urged all artistes, managers, producers, record label owners, publicists and agents to submit their works or those of their artistes within the stipulated time in order to stand a chance at the awards.
“No matter how popular an artiste or their works are, if they don’t submit them for the awards, they will stand no chance of winning as the AFRIMA Jury will not go sourcing for artistes’ works themselves,” he said.
Dada disclosed that the AFRIMA Jury would screen the nominees from August 10 to August 16, 2016 after the end of submissions while the full list of nominees will be unveiled on August 17, 2016.
He, however, said that the voting period for the general public would commence from August 26, 2016 while that of the AFRIMA Academy will start on September 26. The entire voting process will close on November 5, 2016.
Also, there will be a Nominees’ Party in Lagos on November 3, 2016, while the AFRIMA Music Village, a conference session where the African music industry will be discussed holds on November 4. The grand finale, the AFRIMA awards ceremony, which is the third edition, holds in Nigeria on Sunday November 6, 2016.