By Okafor Ofiebor
Rivers has been chosen as the state to host the 2020 AFRIMA ceremony, Secretary to the State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogo, said on Wednesday in Port Harcourt.
According to him, AFRIMA, which is one of the most glamorous and biggest musical awards in the African continent, will further promote Governor Nyesom Wike’s effort to showcase Rivers peace and hospitality to the world, as well as provide a solid platform for her exuberant youths in the creative enterprise to showcase themselves.
Danagogo disclosed this in his office when the management board of AFRIMA visited him on a courtesy call on Wednesday.
He added that AFRIMA, held in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AU), would boost the State’s economic growth, strengthen and promote the cultural identity and integration of Africans to the world.
“As host State vis-a-vis host nation, I believe our gains are immense. Apart from showcasing our peculiar culture in music and hospitality to the rest of Africa and the World, our young creative artists and stars stand to gain from those ahead of them with vast experiences in the music and creative industry”, he said.
He emphasized that the people of Rivers State were open to receiving the surge of visitors and stakeholders that would throng the state during the event.
The President and Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mr Mike Dada, said AFRIMA was established to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent, adding that apart from the main AFRIMA award ceremony, the host city stood to benefit from having the AFRIMA Music Village, AFRIMA Music Business Summit, and tour of host city amongst other events.