Arts-based pressure group, Federation Of Concerned Arts Professionals (FOCAP) has called on the Minister of Tourism and Creative Arts, Barbara Gyasi, to brief the media on the status of investigation into the organization of the 2018 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), which was hosted in Ghana.
A leading member of FOCAP, Kojo Preko Dankwa speaking in an interview with Togo Borga on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, it was important for Ghanaians to know whether we made profit or incurred debts after the ceremony.
Ghana in 2018 won a three-year bid to host the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) aimed at promoting a distinct and rich African music worldwide, engaging millions of fans by propelling African music to glorious pinnacles beyond the borders of Africa.
Ghana met all parameters of the African Union Commission-AFRIMA including immigration and visa application management, availability of functional airport and good land transportation system, venue infrastructure, hotels and hospitality facilities as well as adequate provision of security for guests and officials.
However, Kojo Preko tells Togo Borga the MoU in its current state was shaky because Ghana does not know its faith as to whether the bid to host the event this year was still valid.
All efforts to reach authorities behind the issue have proved futile, he lamented.
He posited that the credibility of AFRIMA was at stake hence the need for authorities to speak.
The previous Minister for Tourism, Catherine Afeku in 2018 announced that government supported the event with $4.5 million for the three years but in 2018, $ 700,000 was spent.
Mr. Preko reacting to the amount demanded for accountability with regards how the allocation was done in order to ensure transparency.
The 2019 edition was launched in May this year.
According to the press statement, the Main Awards Ceremony, a four-day fiesta of music, glamour, Afrocentricism and entertainment, holds from November 6 to November 9 in the official awards Host City.
It will be preceded by Welcome Soiree, AFRIMA Music Village, the Host City Tour, the Africa Music Business Summit, and the exclusive Nominees Party.
But Mr. Preko believes the previous event organized in Ghana has not been accounted for and until the media demand for the status of the report, we would not know what really went into it.
AFRIMA, in partnership with the African Union, is a music property that recognises and rewards the work and talent of a myriad of African artistes from the old to the new generation of musicians.
It also stimulates conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the world about the potential of the creative arts for real humanizing enterprise on the continent, contributing significantly to social cohesion, national, regional and continental integration as well as sustainable development in Africa.
The live awards show is broadcast to over eighty countries around the world.
The 2018 edition of AFRIMA awards ceremony was hosted by the Republic of Ghana, through the partnership of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.