Zimbabwean music icon, Oliver Mtukudzi, the Honourable Minister ofTourism, South Africa, Ms Tokozile Xasa, the Honourable minister ofCulture and Creative Arts, Ghana, Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, and the DeputyMinister of Tourism of Zimbabwe, the Honourable Anastacia Ndhlovu MP willbe amongst the Culture diplomats and dignitaries who will grace the AFRIMA2017 main awards ceremony red carpet and main awards ceremony holding onthe 12th of November 2017 at the Eko Hotels and Suites by 4PM.
Oliver Mutikudzi is regarded as one of Southern Africa’s legend andZimbabwe’s cultural icon of all time. The Afro-Jazz musician beganperforming deep traditional rhythms in 1977, His single Dzandiimomoterawent gold and first album was a huge success shortly. With Mutikudzi huskyvoice, his Tuku music spotlighted Zimbabweans and struggles and triumphsof Africans. Oliver Mutikudzi has to his credit 58 albums and hascontributed to music documentaries, film and drama productions in Africa.Mutikudzi has also won several home and international awards and hasperformed in Holland, Germany, South Africa, UK, US, Canada.
Ms Tokozile Xasa is the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of SouthAfrica, She has been a Member of Parliament since May 2009. She was thefirst female mayor of the Kei District Council, a district municipality inthe local government in the Eastern Cape from 1997-2000. She also servedas provincial treasurer of the African National Congress in the EasternCape, and as a member of the Provincial Legislature in the Eastern Capefrom 2001 til 2009. She also served as Deputy Minister of Tourism in2009-2014 before she assumed her new office as minister.The Honourable Minister of Tourism, Ghana, Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare is incharge of the realigned Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts.Since she assumed office she has successfully launched the ExploreGhana tostimulate and drive tourism which has achieved wide media coverage andpatronage from organisations. She has also devised means to enhancecapacity building, funding, and participation in international fairs andtourism projects in the country.
The deputy Minister of Tourism, Zimbabwe,Honourable Anastacia Ndhlovu MPis Zimbabwe youngest Member of Parliament who has been working with theminister to enhance the tourism sector.Meanwhile, Africans on the continent and in the diaspora are in eageranticipation for the AFRIMA 2017 main awards ceremony and the AFRIMA MusicVillage scheduled to hold on Friday, November 10 by 6PM. The Music Villageis an evening of non-stop open music festival of live performances fromAfrican stars and nominees, with an audience of 40,000 people. It willalso be broadcast live and produced by a prominent experientialmarketing/production agency in Africa, Backstage Pro.The annual All Africa Music Awards in partnership with the African UnionCommission, is a celebration of Africa by rewarding the creativity andoriginality of African artistes and songwriters with the resplendent 23.9carat gold-plated AFRIMA trophy. The 2017 Main Awards Ceremony, inassociation with Lagos State of Nigeria, the Official Host City, will be acolourful, performance-packed event graced by music stars, industrylegends, captains of industries, diplomats, government officials, musiclovers across the continent. The event is scheduled for Sunday, 12th ofNovember at 4PM (Red Carpet). The event will be broadcast live across 84countries in Africa.
Also lined up for this weekend of AFRIMA 2017 is Africa Music BusinessRoundtable in Association with TRACE with the theme, Digital Takeover:Shaping the Future of African Music (November 10) by 8.00am. AMBR is aplatform created by AFRIMA for engagement on music, money, media andevolving global business practices as they affect the creative industriesin Africa.