AU names Tinubu pillar of art, culture

Leke Baiyewu

The African Union Commission is set to honour the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Bola Tinubu, with the ‘Pillar of Art and Culture in Africa’ award at the All Africa Music Awards in Lagos on Sunday.

The International Committee of AFRIMA made this known in Lagos during a ceremony revealing the activities of the awards.

“Tinubu was finally selected among a pool of hundreds of illustrious sons and daughters of Africa being considered for the award, who are lovers of arts and culture for social change,” a statement by AFRIMA sent to our correspondent said.

The statement said the honour had been made known to Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos State, in separate letters from AFRIMA and the AU, which were signed by the Commissioner for Social Affairs, AU, Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko.

It read, “He’s known to have stimulated conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the globe about the potential and values of the African culture and artistic legacy for the purpose of creating jobs, reducing poverty, inspiring social change and development, calling attention of world leaders to Africa and promoting the positive image of Africa to the world for global competitiveness.

“A staunch supporter of arts, culture and creative initiatives for social change for decades, he supported ‘Fela on Broadway’ to be staged for the first time in Africa in Lagos in 2011.”

In his acceptance speech, Tinubu was quoted as saying, “I accept this honour and look forward to the award. I identify with the mandate of AFRIMA working through the instrumentality of the African Union to showcase, preserve and globalise Africa’s rich heritage in the aspects of music and culture.”

Confirming the honour to be bestowed on Tinubu by the AUC, the President/Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mr. Mike Dada, was quoted as saying, “AFRIMA is again aligning with the AUC’s values of promoting African identity and celebrating cultural diversity, creative industry for social change in Africa.

“We are happy to welcome His Excellency, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA 2015, in November.”

The event is expected to be broadcast live to over 80 countries across the world, with African superstars like Ladysmith Black Mombazo, Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Yemi Alade, Busiswa, AKA, Sakordie, Charlotte Dipanda, Ahmed Soultan, Flavour, Alikiba, Vanessa Mdee, Olamide, Cassper Nyovest, Dark Suburb, among others, billed to perform.

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