Ambode hosts Africa as AFRIMA holds sway

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LAGOS, NOVEMBER 14, 2016 – The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, last weekend, threw the doors of the state open as he hosted the 2016 edition of the annual All Africa Music Awards.

The event witnessed an array of officials of the African Union and African music superstars; AFRIMA past winners; 2016 nominees; top government functionaries; members of the diplomatic corps, corporate Africa, stakeholders in the creative/ entertainment industry in Africa, media executives, and music artistes.

With 42 countries of the African continent in attendance including African Union officials, Nigerian Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, was represented by Senator Babafemi Ojodu.

The governor had, on Saturday November 5, hosted foreign delegates and nominees of AFRIMA, ambassadors and the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Zimbabwe, Honourable Anastarcia Ndulovu, to a dinner at the State House, Ikeja.

While welcoming his guests at the Governor’s Lodge, Ambode reiterated Lagos State’s vision of making the city an undeniable entertainment capital of Africa, as well as being the hub of creative expressions in the continent. This, he opined, will open up the economic-viable state for more foreign and local investors.

On Sunday, at the Eko Hotel and Suites, the governor played host to over 5,000 guests and 2100 international delegates at the third annual All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA which was broadcast live to countries around the world.

Ambode was accompanied by his wife, (Mrs.) Bolanle Ambode; the state’s Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, and hundreds of government officials including commissioners, has successfully placed Lagos as the first state in the country and on the continent to officially host thousands of Africa’s stars in the city.

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