International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has signed a partnership agreement with Felabration 2016; the aim of the partnership is to bring more excitement to the yearly event met to celebrate the late music maestro and Afrobeat creator, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
The Associate Producer, AFRIMA, Ms. Adenrele Niyi stated that AFRIMA will fully partake in the event which theme is “Everybody Say Yeah Yeah”. The participation includes 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 with music and other side attractions. Winners at the school debate would benefit from the Educate-A-Child endowment, the organization’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) drive to raise the standard of education in Africa.
“We are set to replicate this commitment to education in Nigeria by donating prizes in the form of educational materials and equipment to both participating schools and winners at the Felabration 2016 Schools Debate. Our goal is to encourage young people that education is rewarding and to show that learning will help them understand and take pride in their cultural heritage. Remember Fela won the 2014 AFRIMA Legend Award which tells you that we are proud of Fela Kuti’s achievements and legacy as a music composer and artiste. Naturally, we are excited to be associated with a brand that celebrates artistic excellence as AFRIMA does.” Niyi disclosed.
Founder of Felabration and daughter of the late music legend, Yeni Kuti thanked AFRIMA for the gesture and urged more organizations 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.