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5th AFRIMA: Ghana Accepts Official Host Country Right

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The Government of the Republic of Ghana has accepted Official Host Country rights for the 5th All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA-Ghana 2018 with the awards programme of activities scheduled to hold between Wednesday, November 21 and Saturday, November 24 in Accra, Ghana in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Committee of AFRIMA.

The host country rights acceptance was conducted at a media announcement held on Tuesday, September 18 at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra, following the official unveiling of the 5th AFRIMA Host Country by the African Union on September 6, 2018 at the African Union Commission Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the delivery of the Official Host Country letter to the government of Ghana on September 16, 2018.

Leading the Ghanaian government delegation to the media announcement was the Honorable Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Catherine Afeku accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri; Ag. Chief Director, Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Vitus-Otto Langmagne; Director, Creative Arts Council, Ghana, Ms. Gyankroma Akufo-Addo; and Advisory Board Member, Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Ghana, Okatakyie Nana Anim 1.

Speaking at the event where she received the Hosting Right Certificate and the 23.9 carat gold-plated AFRIMA Trophy on behalf of the government and people of Ghana, the Minister expressed her delight at the opportunity given to Ghana to host the biggest music event in Africa.

“We want the people of this beautiful country to see this as a call to duty; a call to every creative artiste in Ghana, from the North to the south, to the east and the west. We, the good people of Ghana, would have to show the rest of Africa and the world that we are up to this task and well prepared to deliver a world-class music event in Africa”.

“And I trust in you, seeing the plethora of attendees here today just for the acceptance tells me that we are well prepared and ready to take Africa by storm. The narrative of Africa must change and it will change through music. We can use music as a conduit for peace and send a strong signal to the rest of the world that Africa has its challenges but we have overcome most of them. Our young people are talented, intelligent and they are ambassadors of hope to the next generation”, Hon. Catherine concluded.

Expressing similar enthusiasm, Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri stressed that the people of Ghana were excited about hosting AFRIMA while also indicating President Nana Akufo-Addo’s interest in the AFRIMA project. “The President has personally demonstrated and expressed his interest in this event, following its presentation by the minister to the cabinet, and the cabinet has also embraced it”.

The Deputy Minister went further to reiterate that Ghana has been a leading pioneer in the Pan African movement, “Ghana has a history of leading the Pan-African movement with its first President Kwame Nkrumah being a founding member of the AU, championing the Pan African course, AFRIMA project is in line with deepening the spirit of Pan Africanism in the African continent”, he said.

In his address, the President/Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mr. Mike Dada spoke on the objective of AFRIMA as a major communication tool to promote the African heritage through its talents and arts.

Mike Dada explained the values of AFRIMA with an acronym; FACE IT, which stands for Fairness, Accountability, Creativity, Excellence, Integrity and Transparency.

“We use the power of superstars to communicate the beauty, glamour and positive side of the Africa continent to the rest of the world. AFRIMA not only provides opportunities to the nominees but the host country as well, in showcasing the unique artistic, tourism and economic potentials of her culturally dynamic and beautiful cities”.

Answering questions from the media, Mike Dada encouraged the nominees to reach out to their teeming followers and solicit for votes on the AFRIMA website, explaining that it is the artiste with the highest votes who will be awarded the 23.9 karat gold plated trophy. Sharing the story of relatively unknown Ghanaian music artiste in the 2014 edition of AFRIMA, Mr. Dada said “Wiyaala, she won two AFRIMA awards based on the votes by her fans and this subsequently opened her up to countless opportunities”.

Members of the International Committee of AFRIMA present included; Ms. Matlou Tsotetsi, Director, Brand Communication; Mr. Ernest Ewane, AFRIMA Regional Director, Central Africa; Mr. Don Obilor, AFRIMA Regional Director, Western Africa; Mr. Francis Doku, Country Director, Ghana; Mr. Kingsley James, Co-Producer/Country Director, Nigeria and Mr. Olisa Adibua, Associate Co-Producer/AFRIMA Jury Member.

The event was also attended by music superstars from Ghana including 5th AFRIMA nominees and past winners such as Domino, an award winning reggae and dancehall artiste; Stonebwoy (2014 winner and 5th AFRIMA nominee for the category of Best Artiste/Duo/Group in African Ragga, Reggae & Dancehall); Kuami Eugene, (5th AFRIMA nominee for Most Promising Artiste in Africa, and Best Artiste/Duo/Group in African Pop); King Promise (5th AFRIMA nominee for Best Male Artiste in Western Africa and Most Promising Artiste in Africa); female rapper and singer Feli Nuna; Afro-dancehall artiste, Epixode; award-winning Jazz Artiste, Steve Bedi and a host of others.

The awards holding from November 21 to 24, to be known as the 5th All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA–Ghana 2018 will have main awards program spanning four days of exhilarating activities which are: AFRIMA Welcome Soiree; Africa Music Business Summit; AFRIMA Music Village; Media Interviews/Meet & Greet; and a tour of the notable sites and landmarks in Ghana.

In partnership with the African Union, the All Africa Music Awards is the biggest music event on the continent and the awards ceremony will be broadcast live to 84 countries across the globe.

 

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Kendall Jenner’s Stalker, John Ford released & re-arrested

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Kendall Jenner’s new stalker, John Ford has already been released but then re-arrested on Thursday.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Ford repeatedly scaled the mountainside at Kendall Jenner’s exclusive gated community and ended up on her property, was released Wednesday, and the circumstances are interesting.

As we reported, Ford was arrested Tuesday after he was found sitting on Jenner’s porch and was immediately placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold. He was taken to L.A. County Hospital where he was evaluated by a psychiatrist.

The psychiatrist determined he was mentally stable so he was released Wednesday.

However, LAPD re-arrested Ford, booked him for criminal trespass and violating a restraining order and he was taken to jail, and bail was set at $30,000.

TMZ gathered that soon arraign Ford and a judge could actually release him on his own recognizance pending trial.

 

 

 

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CNN meets Nigerian footwear designer Kene Rapu

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On this week’s episode of African Voices, CNN International meets Nigerian footwear designer, Kene Rapu to learn more about how she grew her business and became the successful entrepreneur she is today.

Rapu explains how her interest in fashion began at an early age: “I was always, it sounds a little bit cliché, but I was always stylish because I was passionate, people would ask me for advice. Modelling got me into the fashion world [and I] made a lot of connections from working with Lagos Fashion and Design Week over the years… I did some beauty competitions, I was interested in fashion and beauty, but I wouldn’t say that I knew I was going to get into fashion as a business.”

She explains how a career in fashion wasn’t her first choice and that she originally studied law: “As a Nigerian, you always go for something safe and lawyers are safe… I figured out during my law school year that I didn’t want to practice law… I decided I wanted to go into fashion. I went back to the London College of Fashion and got a master’s degree in fashion entrepreneurship.”
Rapu began designing shoes after experiencing limited shoe options. She tells CNN: “I don’t wear heels, so I am very limited in my choice of footwear, and that’s how it really started…

Sometimes you would order abroad and having someone [who is] travelling bring it in, or you would have to go and search for something cute. It wasn’t at your door step… I found there was that need, which I didn’t find anyone filling at the time.”

Speaking about how her company started, she explains: “I started from home. I worked with local cobblers [and] we made the slippers. And I remember, everyone was like, ‘Oh, we love your slippers, where did you get them from?’ And people started placing orders. That’s really how [we] started…. We opened our first store three years ago.”

Rapu explains to the programme how her designs are influenced by her identity and why she’s proud to support ‘made in Nigeria’: “Our styles are also very much a reflection of myself. The brand is my name, so it is intertwined. We work a lot with Ankara print, which is sort of linked to Nigeria, and so that has influenced us… You see a lot of Nigerian women wearing this print, so they’re excited when they see the print in slippers, as well… The Nigerian fashion industry is growing… There was a point where no one really used to buy things made in Nigeria. We would either buy things that were imported from abroad or we would shop abroad … We weren’t really buying Nigerian. Overall, I would say the past ten years, there’s almost been a wave to buy Nigerian [products].”
Since starting her business in 2011, Rapu has continued to grow her company and was chosen to participate in the prestigious Tony Elumelu Foundation Program. Moreover, Kene Rapu was named one of Forbes Africa’s top 30 game-changers under 30. About the honour, Rapu tells CNN: “[It] was exciting, which was a great honour. I was very humbled… When I look back, I think, ‘How did this thing even? You know, this is insane. This is ridiculous. How did you get to this level?’”
In addition to running her footwear company, the young designer also helps inspire others and give back to the community. She tells the programme: “I started a workshop series at the end of last year… And by the time we were done they were so happy. They couldn’t even believe it. They were like, ‘There must be a catch. Why would you tell us all this information?’… I feel like because I have been blessed to have exposure, to have a good education, to have access to fantastic mentors, I think it’s only nice to pay it forward.”

On being a woman in business, Rapu simply says: “I’m a woman, obviously, but I see myself as what am I good at? How can I fulfil my purpose? How can I work my hardest? How can I do what I need to do? I feel like we all really just need to work together, to be the best we can be.”

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2018 AUC STC-YCS3; AFRIMA to present 2-year report in Algeria

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The All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, will present a two-year report of activities of the foremost awards event on the continent during the 3rd Ordinary Session of the Specialized Technical Committee Meeting on Youth, Culture and Sport (STC-YCS3) organised by the African Union Commission, AUC, in Algiers, Algeria from October 21 to 25, 2018 under the theme ‘The Role of African Youth in Building a Strong Culture towards Fighting Corruption”.

President and Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mr. Mike Dada will be presenting the report spanning July 2016 to September 2018 to the meeting of experts’ which will have in attendance senior officials of the African Union, experts from the Ministry of Youths, Sports and Culture of African Union member states and various stakeholders in the respective sectors.

This is following the usual practice of briefing the AU on its previous activities, also its preparations and planning towards the upcoming 5th edition to be held in Accra, Ghana from November 21 to 24, 2018. This will include challenges, achievements and impact AFRIMA has made in the development of Youths in the arts and culture sector of the African economy, as well as the readiness and preparation of the host country, Republic of Ghana to make the 5th AFRIMA a huge success.

AUC STC-YCS3 will also include in-depth discussions on the sectors of youth, culture, and sports by participants and provide an opportunity for AU member states to discuss issues pertaining to the development of the youth, culture and sports sectors at the national, regional and continental level as well as establish synergies among the three sectors. Participants will arrive at resolutions towards the discussed issues, while decisions will be adopted for implementation by member states.

In a letter dated 19th September 2018 with reference number DSA/CUL/16/3494.18 addressed to AFRIMA and signed by the Acting Director for Social Affairs, AUC, Dr. Marie-Goretti Harakeye Ndayisaba, reads “…It is in this context that I’m writing to invite you to participate in this important Ministerial Meeting and to present the report of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) from July 2016 to September 2018 to the Experts’
Meeting, for consideration and adoption. The STC is set up by the African Union and serves as an Organ of the
African Union in accordance with Article 5(1)(g) of the AU Constitutive Act.

Other reports to be presented during the sessions will include; Presentation of the Progress Report of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), Presentation of the Report of the 5th Pan- African Cultural.

Congress (PACC5), Presentation of the Report of the 1st African Union Pan-African Writers’ Conference (AU-PAWC1), Presentation on the African Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment (APAYE), Presentation of the Matrix of Implementation of Decisions on Sport of the STC-YCS2, amongst others. The 5th edition of AFRIMA-GHANA 2018 is in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Republic of Ghana. Its main awards ceremony tagged “Africa is Gold” will have its programme spanning four days of exhilarating activities which are: AFRIMA Welcome Soiree on November 21; Africa Music Business Summit (AMBS) on November 22 at the Ballroom, Kempinski Hotel, Accra; AFRIMA Music Village from 5.00 p.m. till dawn at the Independence Square, Accra also on November 22; a tour of the notable sites and landmarks in Ghana on November 23 followed by Nominees Party from 10.00 p.m; and the main awards ceremony at the Accra International Conference Centre, AICC, Ghana, by 7.30 p.m with a live-broadcast red carpet commencing at 4.30 p.m. The events will be broadcast live to 84 countries across the globe.

AFRIMA, in partnership with African Union, is a music property that recognizes and rewards the work and talent of myriad of African artists from the old to the new generation of musicians. AFRIMA also stimulates conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the world about the potential of the creative arts for real humanizing enterprise on the continent contributing significantly to social cohesion, national, regional and continental integration as well as sustainable development in Africa.

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