The Lagos State Government has formally accepted the hosting right of the 2016 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, saying it is line with its passion for using tourism, hospitality, entertainment, arts and sports to improve.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode affirmed that the winning of the hosting right of the 2016 AFRIMA by the state confirmed that Lagos had become the cornerstone for driving African arts and culture.
Governor Ambode expressed excitement over the honour bestowed on Lagos as he received AFRIMA delegation led by Head of Culture of African Union Commission, Ms Angela Martins and AFRIMA President, Mr Mike Dada.
“I must say that though this is the third time that Lagos is hosting it but this is the very first time that the Lagos State Government will be practically involved and that goes to show that there is a convergence of vision between what the African Union stands for and what this particular administration stands for,” he explained.
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“We are big promoters of our culture, we believe so much in heritage, we believe also that the creative part of the African identity is yet to be tapped and obviously, we need to intervene in some of the things that are being done individually to be able to put things together so that we can together drive the African identity,” Governor Ambode stated.
The Governor said; “I believe that talents abound in Africa, which informed why my government has been working hard to promote African artistes.’’
He challenged those in the creative industry to key into the N25bn Employment Trust Fund set up by his administration.
The AFRIMA President, Mike Dada commended the Governor for his passion in developing and promoting arts and culture in the continent.
“Out of the States in Nigeria that received letters from the leadership of the African Union through the Commissioner for Social Affairs, His Excellency Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Lagos won the rights to once again host the 2016 edition of AFRIMA…The development is a great achievement for both the Union and the State,” the Head of Culture of African Union Commission, Ms Angela Martins stated.
According to the Lagos State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, the hosting right of AFRIMA further attests to the commitment of Governor Ambode to promote culture, arts and tourism.
Ayorinde reeled out many achievements of the present administration in the sector such as the expansion of the One Lagos Fiesta, the hosting of the International Jazz Festival at the Lagos House, and the upcoming celebration of Lagos at the Toronto International Festival in September.
He added that Ambode’s administration has continued to use the sector to achieve excellence.