After months of intensive deliberations, Nigeria has finally won the rights to host the Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA). This decision was made by the International Committee of AFRIMA on October 5 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.
According to AFRIMA’s Brand Communication and Sponsorship Director, Matlou Tsotetsi who addressed journalists at a press conference held on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the Four Points by Sheraton, Lagos, Nigeria was selected to host the pan-African music award, beating four other countries - Gabon, South Africa, Namibia and Kenya - because of the booming business of music in the country and its growing entertainment and event – hosting infrastructure.
"We took a lot of factors into consideration before Nigeria was eventually considered and nominated just like we did last year in Namibia before we arrived at the last five countries", she explained to the journalists.
Nigeria will host the music awards for the next three years. Other countries bidding for the right to host after Nigeria will be announced in 2015. The award ceremony will come up on Saturday, October 25, 2014 and will be broadcast live to 84 countries on 109 television stations across the world in the English and French languages.