By Ene Onoja
Nigerian singer and songwriter, Wizkid, was conspicuously missing as nominees in the regional categories for the sixth edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) were unveiled at a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday.
Davido, Kizz Daniel and Burna Boy will be competing for best male in Western Africa, with Shatta Wale from Ghana and Salif Keita of Mali also in contention.
Teni, Simi, Aya Nakamura, Mzvee, Yemi Alade and others will be competing for the best female category in Western Africa.
The continental categories comprising of different genres of music will be released on Friday, August 23 following an auditing process from the international auditors of AFRIMA.
Drawing from their pool of experience and professionalism, the 13-man AFRIMA jury, underwent a week-long process of thoroughly screening, categorising, assessing, and grading from the thousands of entries in order to arrive at the best reflection of rich and creative talents embedded in African music.
The reviewed songs were produced from August 1, 2018 to August 2, 2019.
Speaking on behalf of the AFRIMA jury at the press conference, Chris Syren, representing Southern Africa, gave a report on their activities, highlighting the quality of works received, criteria for selection and the voting process.
Mr Syren commended AFRIMA for its sense of inclusiveness and unity at leading the conversation of using music as a tool for integration and shared prosperity in Africa.
Africa Union Head of Culture, Angela Martins, via a videoconference expressed her excitement of this year’s AFRIMA, its capacity to promote the African culture positively as well as called for more support for the continental initiative.
The AFRIMA online voting platform is set to open to the public on Sunday, September 1 and will run till November 22, where both continental and regional nominees in the 36 AFRIMA awarding categories will compete against one another for the coveted 23.9 carats gold-plated trophy.