The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has stated that Nigeria’s current visa policy is having a positive impact on the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).
He said this in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by a ministry spokesman, Segun Adeyemi.
Mohammed, while pledging the Federal Government’s full support for the successful hosting of the 2019 AFRIMA which will be held in Lagos from November 20 to 23, 2019, said part of the reasons why Nigeria has successfully hosted the music awards is because the country has relaxed its visa regime, with the visa on arrival policy, thus making it easier for people to come in.
“I think it’s on record that the AFRIMA editions that have been held in Nigeria have been among the most successful,” he said.
According to him, AFRIMA is one of the biggest awards for the music industry in Africa, and what government has done in the past is to provide the enabling environment for the
awards to take place.
”This year again, we are ready to partner AFRIMA professionally, give them the maximum support such as effective media coverage and also help them in reaching out to other critical stakeholders,” the minister said.
AFRIMA, which was first held in 2014, was established in collaboration with the African Union (AU) to reward and celebrate musical talents and creativity in Africa as well as to promote African Cultural Heritage. The theme of this year’s edition is ”Feel Africa”.