…as six new jurors get appointed
The official jury for the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) have arrived in Lagos for an 8-day adjudication process which would herald the list of nominees for this year’s edition of the continental awards.
According to a statement by the organisers, the adjudication process will be followed by an event on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 to publicly unveil the nominees.
It added that the AFRIMA Voters Academy, as well as music fans and followers around the globe, will begin to participate in the public voting process, which will be held on the AFRIMA website www.afrima.org.
“Nominees with the highest votes would emerge winners in their respective categories.
“The technical and public voting process, which closes 24 hours before the awards ceremony, would be monitored and audited by a reputable international auditing firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers” the statement added.
In a related development, the International Executive Committee of AFRIMA, in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), has appointed six new jurors from different African countries to its jury panel, with a view to bolster the dynamism and inclusiveness of its adjudication operations.
Joining the existing jury from the West African region is Motolani Alake, a seasoned music critic and journalist from Nigeria, as well as Guy Neza, an acclaimed music record executive, music and event production consultant and strategist from Côte d’Ivoire.
Joining the East African section of the jury is Angela Kariuki, better known as Camille Storm, a leading Kenyan A&R/PR professional and journalist.
On the Central African axis, Emile Ngomba, a seasoned music executive and producer from Cameroon who is reputable for nurturing budding talents to global superstars for over three decades.
Joining the Southern African arm of the jury is Adam Tiran, an acclaimed record executive, DJ and radio host, from South Africa.
Lastly, joining the Northern African section of the jury is Hossam El-Gamal, an Egyptian music executive, and Vice-President of the popular African streaming service, Anghami.
Commenting on the development, AFRIMA’s Associate Producer and Executive in charge of the Jury/adjudication, Olisa Adibua, noted that “Once again, AFRIMA is making impressive leaps towards thriving as a dynamic and progressive cultural figure in the African creative scene. The restructuring within the jury represents our core values of FACE IT, which stands for Fairness, Authenticity, Credibility, Excellence, Integrity and Transparency.
“This adjudication for the AFRIMA 2022 edition, which is our 8th annual edition, is geared to be even more inclusive and thorough in reflecting the best of talent within our creative space through adhering to a transparent and credible process that AFRIMA is known for since inception.”