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Following the successful release of the full Nominees List for the 2016 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, the African Union Commission, AUC, and the International Committee of AFRIMA have entered into partnership with Felabration 2016, the annual festival organised to celebrate the late music maestro and Afrobeat creator, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
The 2016 edition of Felabration has the theme ‘Everybody Say Yeah Yeah’. According to Afrima Associate Producer, Ms Adenrele Niyi, 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). It is an Africa-wide campaign that took AFRIMA to Bakoteh Proper Lower Basic School, Banjul, Gambia, in May 2016 to interact with the teaching staff and students. The visit to the school was part of the programmes lined up for the AFRIMA-AUC joint media/cultural conference held in Gambia on May 24, 2016. During our visit, AFRIMA donated educational materials, computers and musical equipment to the school.”
The Associate Producer stated that in keeping with the objectives of the CSR to raise the standard of education in Africa and create conducive learning environments for African children, participating schools and winners at the school debate would benefit from the Educate-A-Child endowment.
Responding, Yeni Kuti thanked AFRIMA and the AU for the gesture and urged more organisations to emulate AFRIMA. “We are delighted that AFRIMA awards 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.”
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