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All roads lead to Windhoek, capital of Namibia, southern Africa, as the *International Committee of AFRIMA (All Africa Music Awards)* will be holding a congress at the prestigious Hilton hotel, Windhoek next weekend to review and screen the fourteen countries bidding for the hosting right of AFRIMA for the next four years. The committee  which comprises of representatives from 48 African countries has the sole responsibility to screen the 14 bidding countries to five based on the quality of their bidding document and presentation.

Bidding for hosting rights, which began in September last year, was received from 14 African countries - Nigeria inclusive .The fourteen countries seeking the hosting rights are; Zambia, South Africa, Gabon, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, DR Congo and Kenya. Others are Mozambique, Nigeria, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Namibia and Algeria.

According to South Africa based Emmanuelle Namun-Biko, Director of media and communication of AFRIMA, “The international committee of AFRIMA is committed to fair and professional screening of the bidding countries based on the lay-down criteria in order to give Africa the best it deserves.

Obviously, it is going to be a herculean task selecting the top 5 especially due to the high number of quality bidding and presentation we received. Above all, we will do our work without fear or favor.

The factors being considered in selecting the final five are quality of the bid, information on security, Availability of Venue, Tourist site & destination attractiveness, environment and infrastructures, availability of functional International airport and good transportation system as over

5000 visitors are expected”, she concluded.
AFRIMA, All Africa Music Awards, is expected to be a world class and the biggest event in Africa that will rival Grammy Awards with live performance and television broadcast show that portrays the best of Africa to the rest of the world. It will be beamed live in 116 countries on 142 television stations with over 700 million viewers across the globe.

The idea of AFRIMA is to promote and showcase African music to the largely untapped African population and to the global audience. Also, to promote unity and peace in Africa through instrumentality of music.