AFRIMA 2021: Organisers receive record 8,880 entries as nominees’ list out September

AFRIMA 2021: Organisers receive record 8,880 entries as nominees’ list out September

The organisers of the All Africa Music Awards, (AFRIMA), have received a record entries of 8,880 for the 2021 edition of the show.

The organisers said despite the debilitating effect of COVID-19 on culture and creative industry, this year’s entries represented an 8.86 percent increase on the 2019 edition, highest since the inception of the awards in 2014.

According to a press statement by the producers of the show a copy of which was obtained by The Reporters Nigeria, this year’s entries were received from 50 African countries across the five regions of to the continent and 10 countries from Europe and North America including Spain, United Kingdom (UK), United States of America (USA), France, Portugal, among others.

“The African Union Commission (AUC) and The International Committee of All Africa Music Awards, (AFRIMA), are pleased to have received a staggering number of 8,880 (Eight thousand eight hundred and eighty) entries for the AFRIMA2021 Awards at the close of submission of entries on August 20,202,” the statement read.
“Now in its eighth year, AFRIMA, the ultimate recognition of African music globally honours African artistes, music producers, songwriters, video directors, Disc Jockeys, Choreographers/dancers, and movie/film producers living on the continent or in diaspora as well as International acts with the 23.9 carat gold-plated AFRIMA trophy.”

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The organisers also stated that adjudication on the entries would commence on August 26 while the list of the nominees is scheduled to be released in September.

In the statement, Head of Culture, African Union Commission, Angela Martins was also quoted to have said, “The increased interest in the awards is a clear indication that AFRIMA, a platform of bringing Africans together through the instrumentality of music and culture, is growing immensely across Africa and globally, which is a very important goal for us. Also, it is a signal that artists and actors in the music industry are becoming resilient in the face of global challenges.”

According to the Head of Communication and Partnership, AFRIMA, Zineb Seyad, stated “We are encouraged by the number of entries received for the 2021 AFRIMA. Of the 8,880 entries submitted this year; West Africa leads the pack with 30.4% of the total entries followed by Eastern Africa with 28.8%, Southern Africa with 22.9%, Central Africa and North Africa and International acts have 12.3%, 4.9% and 0.7% respectively.

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