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AFRIMA set to celebrate Afrobeat legend Fela



AFRIMA set to celebrate Afrobeat legend Fela
Three weeks after unveiling the nominees list for the 2016 edition of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, with Tiwa Savage and Wizkid leading the way with five and three nominations respectively, plans are underway by the African Union Commission, AUC, and the International Committee of AFRIMA to celebrate Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
The organisers of the annual awards have entered into partnership with Felabration 2016, the annual festival organised to celebrate the late music maestro after a courtesy call was made by Founder of Felabration and daughter of the late music legend, Ms. Yeni Kuti.
Throwing more light on the development, the Associate Producer, AFRIMA, Ms. Adenrele Niyi revealed that the theme for this year’s edition of Felabration is tagged “Everybody Say Yeah Yeah”.
Ms Niyi, noted that AFRIMA will be fully involved with Felabration 2016 from the first event, the Senior Secondary Schools Debate, which holds on Wednesday, October 5, and from Monday, October 10 when the week-long festivities commence.
“There’s no better way to begin this partnership with Felabration than through the school debate for secondary school students in Lagos State. It creates the perfect platform for the AFRIMA Foundation to purse her Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities in Lagos State, the 2016 Official Host City for AFRIMA through our CSR initiative, Educate-A-Child (Our Voice).
In her response, Yeni Kuti thanked AFRIMA and the AU for the gesture and urged more organisations to emulate AFRIMA.
“We are delighted that AFRIMA will be participating in Felabration 2016 starting with the school debate; it’s been a challenge hosting this school debate and to have AFRIMA come in through the Educate-A-Child CSR is a relief. Each year, the debate has been very interesting and the schools and students benefit greatly in terms of exposure to new knowledge and the opportunity to increase the educational materials available for learning.”
Ms. Kuti added that the topic for this year’s debate, “Reparation: Yes or No?” will challenge the students to delve into African history and learn new things about their heritage. “We want to keep Fela’s love of culture and learning alive among young people,” she said.
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