AU, AFRIMA partner for Felabration 2016

Yeni Kuti, flanked by Kemi Ashefon (left) and Adenrele Niyi

Following the successful release of the full nominees list for the 2016 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Committee of AFRIMA have entered into partnership with Felabration 2016, the annual festival organised to celebrate the late music maestro and Afrobeat creator, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Associate Producer, AFRIMA, Ms. Adenrele Niyi made this known to the Founder of Felabration and daughter of late music legend, Ms. Yeni Kuti, during a recent courtesy call to the AFRIMA Secretariat in Lagos.

According to Niyi, AFRIMA will be fully involved with Felabration 2016 from the first event, the Senior Secondary Schools Debate, which holds on Wednesday, October 5, and from Monday, October 10 when the week-long festivities commence.

“Our goal is to encourage young people that education is rewarding and to show that learning will help them understand and take pride in their cultural heritage. Remember Fela won the 2014 AFRIMA Legend Award which tells you that we are proud of Fela Kuti’s achievements and legacy as a music composer and artiste. Naturally, we are excited to be associated with a brand that celebrates artistic excellence as AFRIMA does,” she said.

Responding, Yeni Kuti thanked AFRIMA and the AU for the gesture and urged more organisations to emulate them.

AFRIMA Project Director, Kemi Ashefon, was also present to receive Yeni.

The theme for the 2016 edition of Felabration is “Everybody Say Yeah Yeah.”