In a somber development, the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has expressed its deep condolences following the untimely passing of Nigerian artist, Mohbad, also known as Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba.
The 27-year-old promising musician, renowned by his stage name “Imole” (Light), met a mysterious demise on September 12, 2023, an incident currently under police investigation.
AFRIMA’s President and Executive Producer, Mike Dada, conveyed heartfelt sentiments, lamenting the loss of a budding talent within Africa’s burgeoning music industry.
He stressed the critical need to formalize and regulate the music and entertainment sector to combat prevailing unprofessional practices.
In an effort to address this, AFRIMA is spearheading a campaign to mobilize stakeholders in the African creative industry, with a focal point on Nigeria, aimed at establishing structured operations and enforcing industry standards.
This initiative encompasses the enactment of legislation to govern various facets, including record labels, performing artists, music publishing entities, and legal professionals.
Dada further emphasized the necessity for regulatory measures, stating,
AFRIMA is also advocating for the establishment of a Music Institute to periodically certify practitioners, a step seen as crucial in maintaining industry integrity.
The organization is leveraging its platform to orchestrate a summit engaging the legislative arm of governments across Africa through the African Union.
AFRIMA urges a broad spectrum of stakeholders, ranging from government officials and agencies to artists, record labels, producers, legal professionals, and various industry professionals, to actively participate in this pivotal endeavor.
The All Africa Music Awards, renowned as the apex of African music globally, stands at the forefront of advocating for the elevation and formalization of the African music and entertainment industry.