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AFRIMAs unveil activities for 2022 edition of the ceremony

The international committee of All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMAs) has unveiled the calendar for the 2022 edition of the continent’s most anticipated All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMAs).

One of Afrobeats leading voices, Wizkid was named Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration, and Song of the Year at the 2021 AFRIMAs in Lagos, Nigeria.

Held in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), at a press conference at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday, the awards, which were first held in 2014, seek to celebrate outstanding musical work on the continent while promoting African cultural heritage.

The calendar for the year begins with the entries of submission, which starts Monday, May 30, 2022, and closes on Friday, August 5, 2022. Works must have been published between August 20, 2021 and August 5, 2022 to be eligible.

The activities continue with a pre-screening process, which is to be held between the 5 and 8 August, 2022, where entries will be vetted by a special committee at the International Secretariat of AFRIMA, and categorised in accordance with AFRIMA entry submission guidelines.

The main screening process, which is tagged as the adjudication process, which will follow immediately from August 9 to 16, 2022, and will be undertaken by an International Jury of AFRIMA, comprising a 13-man panel of experienced African music experts and practitioners drawn from the five regions of Africa and the diaspora. 

The nominees will be announced on August 17, with voting opening on the AFRIMA website on August 24th. PricewaterhouseCoopers, an international auditing firm, will monitor the voting process, which closes 24 hours before the awards ceremony.

The main awards night, scheduled for November 3–6, will be the culmination of the activities, which will include a welcome soiree, the AFRIMA Music Village, a host city tour, the African Music Business Summit, and a nominees’ party. The AFRIMAs have not yet confirmed the host city.

“Africa remains resilient and progressive in everything, and this is why our entertainment sector continues to make such huge leaps globally,” AUC director for health, humanitarian affairs and social development Cisse Mariama Mohamed said. “At the forefront of this lies our resolve to unite the continent through entertainment. AFRIMA is committed to this mission, upholding this tradition of celebrating the scintillating musical culture of Africa by featuring exhilarating pan-African events throughout the year. We are looking forward to celebrating the richness of the African continent alongside AFRIMA in November.”

One of Afrobeats leading voices, Wizkid was named Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration, and Song of the Year at the 2021 AFRIMAs in Lagos, Nigeria. Malian singer Iba One won five awards , the most on the night.

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