A 13-man International Jury of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA has arrived Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria.
The Jury in furtherance of their adjudication process following the closing of entries where 8,009 songs/videos were received for the 5th edition of the annual awards event.
This was disclosed in a press statement sent to Saturday Tribune.
According to the statement, ‘From Thursday, August 8 to Tuesday, August 14, event hospitality partner, Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, will provide a secure venue for the AFRIMA International Jury members.
They will be representing the five regions of Africa, the diaspora (Europe and North America) and the African Union Commission.
These are tasked with the responsibility of deciding which artistes and or recordings make it to the 5th AFRIMA Nominees’ List that would be unveiled to the world on Tuesday, August 14.
“The Jury’s responsibility involves screening, categorising, assessing, grading and selecting nominees into the 38 different Regional and Continental awarding categories who will vie for the 23.9 carat gold-plated AFRIMA trophy.
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“Bringing their wealth of experience and professionalism to play and boundless knowledge in African music, culture, and entertainment.
The week-long process will have the jurors working with expected fairness and transparency to arrive at a truly representative 5th AFRIMA Nominees List.
This reflects the creative energy and output of African music talents between the review period of August 1, 2017 to August 1, 2018,” the statement said.
Two members drawn from each region of Africa and one African music professional each representing the Diaspora; (i.e. Europe and North America), and a representative of the African Union Commission make up the member of jury for this year’s edition.
The 5th AFRIMA is scheduled to hold in November 2018 and programme of events will include the Africa Music Business Summit; The AFRIMA Music Village and the Main Awards Ceremony.
These events will be broadcast live to over 84 countries around the world.