In furtherance of the social responsibility initiative of the All Africa
Music Awards, AFRIMA in partnership with the Africa Union, the
continental awards project has donated computers, exercise books and
other writing materials to participating schools at the recent
FELABRATION 2016 Senior Secondary School debate.
The Senior Secondary School debate was held at the Freedom Park, Broad
Street, Lagos on Wednesday, October 5 with the topic: ‘Reparation, Yes
or No”. This forms part of the programme of activities for FELABRATION,
the annual festival organised to celebrate the legacy of late music
maestro and Afrobeat creator, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Highlighting AFRIMA’s objectives in partnering Felabration 2016 edition
in the schools debate, Country Director, Nigeria/Co Producer,
AFRIMA, Mr Kingsley James, said it created another platform for the
AFRIMA Foundation to purse her Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
activities in Lagos State, the 2016 Official Host City for AFRIMA
through its Educate-A-Child (Our Voice) initiative. “AFRIMA is committed to reducing illiteracy in Africa via the
Educate-A-Child Campaign (our voice) initiative by driving support for
investment in education, formal and informal, by African leaders”,
Speaking at the opening of the debate, founder of Felabration and
daughter of the late music legend, Ms. Yeni Kuti, stressed the need for
students to be adequately equipped with the knowledge of history
for the promotion and development of African’s rich culture and heritage.
She said, “The topic was chosen to test the knowledge of the students on
history. We needed to challenge their knowledge of Africa’s history and
for students to learn new things about their heritage. We want to
keep Fela’s love of culture and learning alive among young people. This
debate isn’t about relating history but by relating it to their
understanding. It is not a competition but a test of knowledge and to
encourage all and no school would be exempted from receiving gifts.”
10 Senior Secondary Schools in Lagos State namely: Aunty Ayo Girls
Comprehensive Senior Secondary; Community Senior Grammar School,
Gberigbe; Epe Senior Grammar School; Cayley College; Lagos City Senior
College; Vivian Fowler Memorial College; St Gregory’s College; Atunrase
Senior High School; Army Children Senior High School, Ikeja;
and Dowen College, were represented by their students who turned out in numbers.
After a brilliantly engaging session by the student debaters judged by
Mr. Kunle Bakare (Publisher, Encomium Magazine); Ms. Princess Abumere
(Entertainment Editor, Pulse NG); Mr. Kingsley James;
Mrs. Morayo Afolabi-Brown (TVC broadcaster) and Mrs. Jumoke
Alawode-James (TVC broadcaster), the first prize was clinched by Dowen
College, coming second was Vivian Fowler Memorial College and in third
position, Aunty Ayo Girls Comprehensive Senior Secondary.
After receiving their winner’s prizes and other gifts handed out by Mr.
Kingsley James, the excited students and schools’ management officials
present at the event thanked AFRIMA for the generous donation.
AFRIMA’s Country Director also urged the Felabration Festival Organising
committee to get involved in the AFRIMA 2016 programme of events from
November 4-6, 2016 which includes the Africa Music Business Summit on
Friday, November 4 and the AFRIMA Music Village, an open concert-style
festival featuring nominees and other top billed
music stars, also on Friday, November 4.
In partnership with the AUC and the Official Host City, Lagos State,
AFRIMA 2016 grand awards ceremony holds on Sunday, November 6 with
thousands of guests expected in Lagos for the various events.