The International Executive Committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), in conjunction with the African Union Commission (AUC) has released the official list of nominees for the 2022 edition.
Culled from a total of 9,067 entries submitted- the highest number ever recorded by the awards, since inception – the AFRIMA jury selected a total of 382 nominations across 39 categories, to represent all five regions in Africa, as well as in the diaspora.
Recall that the jury, composed of a 12-member panel of music experts, as well as the AUC, held a 10-day adjudication process in July to sieve out the best of entries from the fray to make up the list.
A statement released by the organisers over the weekend indicated that only entries within the validity period of August 20, 2021 to August 5, 2022, were considered for nomination for this year’s awards.
The awards ceremony is slated to hold between December 8 and 11 later this year.
Leading the nominations on a regional basis this year is the West-African region with 134 nominations, representing 35 percent; while the East-African region follows closely with 69 nominations, representing 18 percent; the Soutthern African region races closely with 68 nominations, representing 17.8 percent; while Central African region pulls in its weight with 52 nominations, representing 13.6 percent. The North African region follows closely with 49 nominations, representing 12.8 percent.
Also, the global music region, which represents music from Non-Africans in the diaspora who still contribute to the growth of the African region, sums the list with 10 nominations, representing 2.6 percent.
Public voting will start on September 25 as the whole continent awaits the unveiling of the host city for this year.