The International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards, (AFRIMA) says it has stripped Ghana of the hosting rights for 2019 and 2020 editions “over lack of capacity by the Host Country to meet the financial and contractual obligations entered into on July 12, 2018”.
According to a statement by AFRIMA’s Head of Media, Sola Dada, a copy of which was sent to The Daily Report, Ghana hosted the awards in November 2018, but AFRIMA says the country also didn’t meet expectations on that score.
The 2019 outing would have been the 6th in the series.
“It was a hard decision for us to withdraw the awards hosting rights for the next two years (2019 and 2020 editions) from the Republic of Ghana,” says AFRIMA International Advisor, Rikki Stein. “We have some fond memories of our time in Ghana immersing ourselves in the lifestyle and music and we have formed great friendships among the Ghanaian people. We look forward to returning to Ghana at a more opportuned time.”
Nigeria hosted the awards for four years in a row (2014-2017).
“The support of the Ministry of Information & Culture, Nigeria with sponsorship from the Government of Lagos State, Nigeria as AFRIMA Official Host City in 2016 and 2017 also fostered the smooth execution of the various AFRIMA events and facilitated the seamless engagement of corporate sponsorship/partnership at various facets of event planning and execution,” Mr. Stein added.
AFRIMA’s main awards ceremony holds in November in the official awards Host City, which will now be announced in August.