AFRIMA Defers 2020 Awards Ceremony Over COVID-19

by Yinka Akanbi

Organisers of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) have announced the postponement of the 2020 edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) to 2021 due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

A statement issued by the organisers said the decision to suspend the 7th Annual Edition of the main awards ceremony was reached after monitoring the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic and careful consultations with stakeholders around the world.

“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,” the statement partly reads.

The statement further said that the cancellation brings with it great opportunities for future awards planning and preparation by utilizing the digital platforms and gains the new normal has thrust upon the world of concerts, conferences and festivals, some of the activities which make up the annual AFRIMA event calendar.

The annual AFRIMA awards ceremony is a five-day event, comprising live music, red carpet, social networking and unending entertainment. Events and activities include an all-night live concert show called the AFRIMA Music Village; the music industry business conference and exhibition called the Africa Music Business summit; the Host City Tour; and the live broadcast (TV and Online) Main Awards Ceremony.
Last year’s award held in Lagos after Accra, Ghana hosted the continental event in November 2018.

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