All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has applauded the new African passport which was launched recently at the 27th AU Summit, in Kigali, Rwanda.
The award show organizers have hailed the proposed plan for the new African passport which is to be used across the continent, although it is currently only accessible to heads of states.
They especially applauded the ultimate goal of the new African passport, which is to realize the dream of visa-free travel for African citizens within the African continent by 2020.
President/Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mike Dada said;
“The African Union’s plan to allow free movement of citizens within the African continent, is a stepping stone towards building stronger unity among African nations and this is what we at the International Committee of AFRIMA have been canvassing and propagating for years in line with the AFRIMA’s vision.”
“For us in AFRIMA, it is a strong step towards making every African citizen to think and act beyond national identities and identify themselves as citizens of the African continent with a sense of pride that: ‘I am an African.'”
Mike Dada then went on to state specifically how it would ease up some challenges with the vision of the group;
“We have found that it is easier to travel to Europe and America from Africa than Africans travelling within Africa. Yearly, we face a big hurdle in visa processing, direct flights and protocol to bring in over 880 nominees/superstars and their guests, 150 production crew members, international media and over 2000 international invited guests to the AFRIMA Awards ceremony annually.”
He said that the new African passport would ease and facilitate “one objective of AFRIMA which is to engage all the stakeholders who are critical to the awards process to give them a platform for knowledge sharing and capacity-building on the continent.
AFRIMA has embarked and organized stakeholders’ engagements and press conferences in over 25 African countries in the five regions of Africa. This we will do until we cover the 54 member states.”
The All Africa Music Awards will be having its third edition from the 4th to the 6th of November and it will be hosted in Nigeria. Submissions are now open to music artists, producers, video directors, songwriters and music/entertainment journalists. Submission of entries closes on 30 July.