In the wake of the untimely demise of Nigerian pop sensation Mohbad, the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, has taken a solemn stance on the urgent need to regulate and institutionalize the African music entertainment industry.
AFRIMA, alongside countless African youths and music enthusiasts, has mourned the loss of this rising star.
Mohbad’s sudden and mysterious passing on September 12, 2023, left the music world in shock, prompting an ongoing police investigation to uncover the circumstances surrounding his death.
The 27-year-old artist, known by his alias “Imole” (Light), was a beacon of talent and promise.
His creative prowess and remarkable lyrical talent had captivated the hearts of millions worldwide.
Mike Dada, President and Executive Producer of AFRIMA, issued a heartfelt statement lamenting the loss of this promising African talent.
He emphasized the pressing need to institutionalize the music and entertainment industry across the continent to combat unprofessional practices that have persisted for too long.
Dada stated, “We extend our deepest condolences to Nigeria’s music industry, Mohbad’s family, and his devoted fans during this painful time.
“Mohbad’s passing is a tragic loss for Africa’s burgeoning music and entertainment scene. We pray for his eternal rest and offer our support to his grieving loved ones.”
AFRIMA is therefore spearheading a critical mission to mobilize stakeholders within the African creative industry, with a primary focus on Nigeria.
Their goal is to establish a framework of regulations and industry standards that will apply to music record labels, performing artists, music publishing companies, entertainment lawyers, and other professionals.
Dada stressed the importance of creating legislation that defines industry standards and promotes compliance, preventing the music industry from devolving into an unregulated free-for-all.
He added, “African nations must establish Music Institutes to ensure the ongoing certification of practitioners.”
To advance their mission, AFRIMA is utilizing its platform to organize a stakeholder summit that aims to engage legislative bodies across Africa through the African Union.
The organization urges all stakeholders, including government officials, artistes, record labels, producers, promoters, managers, brands, songwriters, and various other industry players, to actively participate in this essential process.
Their call includes submitting proposed legislation for comprehensive review and consideration.
In the same vein, AFRIMA, standing as a beacon of hope, it advocated for a structured and regulated music entertainment industry that will honor the legacy of talents like Mohbad and ensure the growth and professionalism of Africa’s vibrant musical landscape.