African artistes, community leaders, political figures, dignitaries and other stars who are pioneers in music, arts and fashion will this year be honoured during the 2018 AMI Africa people’s choice awards.
Speaking during the launch of the awards at Mestil hotel in Kampala on Tuesday, Esaie Schnaps the CEO for the AMI awards incorporation said this year they would be looking at honouring celebrities who are pioneers in the various fields across the continent.
“We are dedicated to the well-being, prosperity and preservation of the youth communities and families everywhere around the world through our arts and cultures,”Esaie said.
He said that the awards’ mission this year would be honouring African artists and musicians in a bid to bridge the gap between Africa and the rest of the world.
According to Stella Nantumbwe, one of the organisers of the awards, the awards are an opportunity for African musicians to be able to show case what they have to the rest of the world.
“First, African musicians themselves can come together for better projects amongst themselves,”Nantumbwe said.
15 Ugandans nominated
According to the awards, 15 Ugandan musicians have been nominated in various categories to compete with other African artists in the 2018 AMI awards.
The Ugandan musicians nominated for the awards include Juliana Kanyomozi,Rema Namakula and Sheebah Karungi for the best female eastern artist; Eddy Kenzo, Good Lyfe and Bebe Cool for the best male eastern artiste.
Others are Lydia Jazmine,Irene Ntale,Ykee Benda,Vinka,Fik Fameica,DJ.Shiru,B2C,Beeni Gunter and Ziza Bafana.
Asked about the possibility of artistes rubbishing the awards, Nantumbwe urged Ugandan musicians to embrace the awards as a golden opportunity in front of them.
“It would be bad if our artists did not grab the opportunity in front of them. They should embrace the awards,” she said.
She added that the awards would be another platform for local artistes to compare their work with their colleagues from other countries in a bid to improve their products.