The Rivers State Government has approved the hosting of 7th edition of the All African Music Awards popularly called AFRIMA in Port Harcourt.
AFRIMA is one of the most glamorous and biggest musical awards in Africa.
The Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, made this known in his office when the management board of AFRIMA paid him a courtesy visit in Port Harcourt.
Tammy Danagogo said hosting AFRIMA in Rivers State will boost economic growth in the state.
Dr.Danagogo also said the event will promote, strengthens cultural identity and integration of Africans to the world.He emphasized that Rivers State is open to receiving the surge of visitors and stakeholders that would troupe into the State during the AFRIMA event.
The Secretary to the State Government said the move is part of efforts to restore the glorious days of the Garden City and recreate its vibrancy.
“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.
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.
He noted that, apart from the main AFRIMA award ceremony, the host city stands to benefit from having the AFRIMA Music Village, AFRIMA Music Business Summit, a tour of the host city, amongst other events.
The meeting was also attended by the Permanent Secretary, Special Service Bureau Office of the Secretary to the State Government.