To hold in Nigeria, the host country, this was made known after the jury emerged from a rigorous period of collating, screening, grading and auditing the flood of quality entries received.
A statement signed by the awards’ Project Director, Adenrele Niyi, said that AFRIMA, which is in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), will be rewarding excellence in the continental music and media industry at the main awards ceremony on Sunday, November 9.
Holding for the first time this year, the ceremony will be broadcast to 84 countries on 109 television stations.
The AFRIMA Jury, made up of seasoned African industry practitioners, were in Lagos, Nigeria, between July 31 to August 6 for the week-long adjudication of entries from artistes, songwriters, video directors, producers as well as journalists. The result of the Jury’s work and the thorough collation by AFRIMA’s Kenya-based internal auditors has produced the highly-anticipated list of nominees.
Nominees are vying for the coveted AFRIMA trophy in 32 categories divided into the regional and continental categories and including the AFRIMA Legend Award –a honour for a great African who has contributed immensely to the advancement of African music, the creative sector in general and impacted on the positive image of the continent and its global reckoning.
The award project opened entries on May 15 and closed the submission of entries on July 21 in the process receiving a staggering total of 2,025 works for assessment submitted by African music industry artistes, professionals and journalists.