Nigerian musician, Sir Shina Peters; actor and comedian, Chika Okpala; broadcaster, Bisi Olatilo, actress, Alex Lopez, and Kenyan actress, Ruth Maingi, are some of the entertainers to be honoured at the 2017 Afro-Heritage Broadcasting and Entertainment Award (AHBEA) in Houston, Texas, the USA on October 21.
Due for honour in the Legend category are Rachael Oniga, Clem Ohameze and Raymond Ofula from Kenya.
Those to be honoured in the Icon category include Muyiwa Ademola, Rasaq Ajao, Seyi Shodimu, Sanni Danja, Fathia Balogun, Regina Askia, Bimbo Akintola, Victoria Inyama, Juliet Ibrahim and Dineo Mofammere (South Africa).
Organisers of the event, in a statement issued in Lagos at the weekend, said aside from the two main categories, AHBEA will also honour and celebrate late African entertainers with awards in the posthumous category.
Hosts for the event are Uti Nwachukwu from Nigeria and Ella Mensah from Ghana.
AHBEA is put together to celebrate and honour African entertainers who have spent 20 years and above in the industry.
It is also to celebrate and honour Africans supporting and promoting African arts, culture and language.
The objective of the award, according to organisers, is also to use African stars to sensitise young Africans in diaspora about the good things happening in Africa against the negative stories being churned out about the continent in the media.
It is also designed to among others, create a work bond between African entertainers in Africa.