The International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has announced that All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Bola Tinubu, will be honoured with the prestigious award of ‘Pillar of Art and Culture in Africa’ at the 2015 award ceremony scheduled to hold on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Tinubu who was governor of Lagos State Nigeria from 1999-2007 has been a staunch supporter of arts, culture and creative initiatives for social change for decades, the organisers say.
He supported Fela on Broadway to be staged for the first time in Lagos in 2011.
Tinubu was selected among a pool of hundreds of illustrious sons and daughters of Africa considered for the award.
The honour was made known to Tinubu in separate letters from AFRIMA and the African Union Commission (AUC) as signed by Commissioner for Social Affairs, AU, His Excellency, Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko.
In his acceptance letter, Tinubu stated, “I accept this honour and look forward to the award. I identify with the mandate of AFRIMA working through the instrumentality of the African Union to showcase, preserve and globalise Africa’s rich heritage in the aspects of music and culture”
Confirming the award recognition on Tinubu by the AUC, President/Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mike Dada, stated that:
“AFRIMA is again aligning with the AUC’s values of promoting African identity and celebrating cultural diversity, creative industry for social change in Africa. We are happy to welcome His Excellency, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA 2015 in November.”
AFRIMA in partnership with AUC is a music and cultural initiative designed to celebrate, reward and showcase the rich musical heritage of African race and seek to reward excellence in the continent’s music and media industry as well as maximally expose African tourism and culture to a worldwide audience.
The 2015 ceremony is expected to be broadcast live to over 80 countries across the world with performance from African superstars like, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Yemi Alade, Busiswa, AKA, Sakordie, Charlotte Dipanda, Ahmed Soultan, Flavour, Alikiba, Vanessa Mdee, Olamide, Cassper Nyovest and Dark Suburb.