The seventh edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) scheduled to hold in Lagos, Nigeria from December 2 to 6 has been postponed to 2021 because of COVID-19.
The African Union Commission (AUC) and AFRIMA committee took the decision last week after several months of monitoring the coronavirus pandemic and careful consultations with stakeholders on the continent and around the globe.
A statement from the organisers says “the cancellation brings with it great opportunities for future awards planning and preparation by utilising 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.”
It added that the health and safety of AFRIMA stakeholders is of utmost importance.
“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.
“We work day and night each year to ensure we provide a world-class and safe awards event. Now, we are focusing all of our efforts on making our future events even better.
“We hope that the world will be able to take adequate action and that the spread of the virus will soon be contained.
“We would like to thank all our stakeholders and partners for their support, open discussions and encouragement,” the statement continued.