Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Flavour, Brymo and 11 other Nigerian artistes made the nominees list unveiled by AFRIMA in Lagos for this year’s edition of Africa’s leading music awards.
The list, which was unveiled by the African Union and the 13-man Jury of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) at the Protea Hotel, GRA, Ikeja in Lagos, was streamed online.
The 2016 awards are tagged AFRIMA 3.0.
Those in attendance were officials of the African Union Commission, members of the AFRIMA Jury, members of the International Committee of AFRIMA, past AFRIMA winners and nominees, media executives and other stakeholders in the creative/entertainment industries of Africa.
The Moderator of the adjudication process, Mr. Mike Strano, stated that about 2700 entries from African music professional were received during the period of May 20, 2015 to July 30, 2016.
While describing the nominations process as careful and thorough, Strano, who is also the Regional Director, Eastern Africa/Co-Producer, AFRIMA, harped on the Jury’s resolve to be fair and transparent.
He said: “The Jury is very careful about being accurate right from the process of verifying eligibility of entries to the process collating and finalising results. It is an evolving process but one we work painstakingly at to ensure transparency and fairness”.
“There are 34 categories of the award but only 10 are released today August 22, which are the Regional Categories. A new category introduced this year is the “People’s Choice Award” which comes out from a healthy debate by the International Committee of AFRIMA and the Jury.”
The Best Female Artistes and Best Male Artistes of the five regions have been released while the nominees in the continental categories will follow suit seven days after.