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COMMENDS AFRICAN UNION’s SINGLE PASSPORT

The International Committee of The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has commended the African Union (AU) for the launch of a single, common electronic passport (e-Passport) for all Africans at the just concluded 27th AU Summit, in Kigali, Rwanda.

It also applauded the ultimate goal of the single passport which is set to realise the dream of visa-free travel for African citizens within the African continent by 2020.

In the same vein, the AU’s single, common electronic passport throughout the continent falls squarely within the framework of Africa’s Agenda 2063 and has the specific aim of facilitating free movement of persons, goods and services around the continent in order to foster intra-Africa trade, integration and socio-economic development.

Reacting to this development, President/ Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mike Dada, said, “The African Union’s plan to allowing free movement of citizens within the African continent is a stepping stone towards building stronger unity among African nations and this is what we at the International Committee of AFRIMA have been canvassing and propagating for years in line with the AFRIMA’s vision.

“For us in AFRIMA, it is a strong step towards making every African citizen to think and act beyond national identities and identify themselves as citizens of the African continent with a sense of pride that, ‘I am an African.’

“We have found that it is easier to travel to Europe and America from Africa than Africans travelling within Africa. Yearly, we face a big hurdle in visa processing, direct flights and protocol to bring in over 880 nominees/superstars and their guests, 150 production crew members, international media and over 2000 international invited guests to the AFRIMA Awards ceremony annually.”

“The single passport will also ease and facilitate one of the AFRIMA objectives which is to engage all the stakeholders who are critical to the awards process to give them a platform for knowledge sharing and capacity-building on the continent. AFRIMA has embarked and organised stakeholders’ engagements and press conferences in over 25 African countries in the five regions of Africa. This we will do until we cover the 54 member states,” he concluded.

In partnership with the African Union Commission, AUC, The All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, is a continental music and cultural initiative developed to celebrate, reward and showcase the rich musical heritage of Africa, stimulate conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the globe about the great potential and values of the African culture and artistic legacy for the purpose of creating jobs, reducing poverty, calling attention of world leaders to Africa and promoting the positive image of Africa to the world.

In line with the AFRIMA 3.0 calendar, submission of entries closes on July 30, 2016. There are 34 award categories open to music artistes, producers, video directors, songwriters and music/entertainment journalists as well as the hitherto unheralded music professionals.

The spectacular 2016 awards ceremony will be hosted in Nigeria in November 4-6. This will be preceded by the AFRIMA Music Village and Africa Music Summit

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AFRIMA COMMENDS African Unions SINGLE PASSPORT

The International Committee of The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has commended the African Union (AU) for the launch of a single, common electronic passport (e-Passport) for all Africans at the just concluded 27th AU Summit, in Kigali, Rwanda.

It also applauded the ultimate goal of the single passport which is set to realise the dream of visa-free travel for African citizens within the African continent by 2020.

In the same vein, the AU’s single, common electronic passport throughout the continent falls squarely within the framework of Africa’s Agenda 2063 and has the specific aim of facilitating free movement of persons, goods and services around the continent in order to foster intra-Africa trade, integration and socio-economic development.

Reacting to this development, President/ Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mike Dada, said, “The African Union’s plan to allowing free movement of citizens within the African continent is a stepping stone towards building stronger unity among African nations and this is what we at the International Committee of AFRIMA have been canvassing and propagating for years in line with the AFRIMA’s vision.

“For us in AFRIMA, it is a strong step towards making every African citizen to think and act beyond national identities and identify themselves as citizens of the African continent with a sense of pride that, ‘I am an African.’

“We have found that it is easier to travel to Europe and America from Africa than Africans travelling within Africa. Yearly, we face a big hurdle in visa processing, direct flights and protocol to bring in over 880 nominees/superstars and their guests, 150 production crew members, international media and over 2000 international invited guests to the AFRIMA Awards ceremony annually.”

“The single passport will also ease and facilitate one of the AFRIMA objectives which is to engage all the stakeholders who are critical to the awards process to give them a platform for knowledge sharing and capacity-building on the continent. AFRIMA has embarked and organised stakeholders’ engagements and press conferences in over 25 African countries in the five regions of Africa. This we will do until we cover the 54 member states,” he concluded.

In partnership with the African Union Commission, AUC, The All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, is a continental music and cultural initiative developed to celebrate, reward and showcase the rich musical heritage of Africa, stimulate conversations among Africans and between Africa and the rest of the globe about the great potential and values of the African culture and artistic legacy for the purpose of creating jobs, reducing poverty, calling attention of world leaders to Africa and promoting the positive image of Africa to the world.

In line with the AFRIMA 3.0 calendar, submission of entries closes on July 30, 2016. There are 34 award categories open to music artistes, producers, video directors, songwriters and music/entertainment journalists as well as the hitherto unheralded music professionals.

The spectacular 2016 awards ceremony will be hosted in Nigeria in November 4-6. This will be preceded by the AFRIMA Music Village and Africa Music Summit

Two BASE jumpers drown in Big Sur tragedy

A BASE jumper who parachuted off a bridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean likely drowned, as did the man who heroically jumped in to try and save her, according to police.

The two thrill-seekers have been missing in the Big Sur area since Saturday morning.
Monterey County Sheriff’s officials say a video from a helmet camera shows Mary Katherine ‘Katie’ Connell, of Ventura, descending nearly 300 feet and landing on Bixby Creek, which feeds into the Pacific.
Shortly after the landing, three large waves overtake her and she vanishes from view, presumably having been dragged out to sea.
Sheriff Steve Bernal says her companion, identified as a BASE jumping instructor from Finland, then leaped off the bridge to help her, reported the stationKION.
While the male victim’s name was being withheld by the authorities pending the notification of next of kin, it is believed that the man who attempted to save Katie Connell was Rami Kajala.

According to his Facebook page, Kajala, a Finnish national, was a BASE jumping instructor and flight suit designer who was friends with Ms Connell.

His final status update, dated January 13, featured more than a half-dozen photos of the young woman jumping from a cliff in Perris, California, in one of Kajala’s custom-made ‘tracking’ suits.

According to his website and his social media postings, Kajala had been BASE jumping since 2003 and had 2,500 jumps to his name. In 2013, he started the company RavenBase.com, which manufactures and sells tracking suits designed to fly.
‘BASE’ is a term that stands for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: building, antenna, span and Earth.
Practitioners of the extreme sport parachute or wingsuit-fly from man-made structures or cliffs.

Kajala, who referred to himself as a ‘master jedi tracker,’ operated a BASE jumping school offering courses in the art of tracking.

John Legend, Kelly Rowland others attend Balthazar Getty’s 41st birthday

KUWTK star Kourtney Kardashian posted several photos from the 41st birthday party of actor Balthazar Getty, which was held at The Nice Guy in Los Angeles.

Stars in attendance include John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen, Kelly Rowland, Channing Tatum’s wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Minka Kelly and others.

Nigerian man arraigned before Dubai court for attempting to withdraw money from another man’s bank account

An unemployed Nigerian man was on Monday, January 18, brought before Dubai Criminal Court for trying to withdraw more than Dh500,000 from another man’s bank account using an Emirates ID card.

In court, he admitted using an Emirates ID card belonging to someone else, forging the bank account withdrawal slip by signing it and adding his personal details, using the forged slip, and attempting to fraudulently obtain Dh580,000.

The ID card which belonged to a man from Kenya who lost his wallet in March last year.

Two months later the Nigerian was contacted by a friend who had found the Kenyan man’s wallet. He asked the Nigerian to visit the bank on Khalid bin Al Waleed Road in Dubai, use the ID card to pose as the Kenyan and withdraw Dh580,000 from his account.

In return, he would be paid Dh50,000, the friend told him. The fraud was thwarted when a bank employee spotted the difference between the Nigerian and the photo on the ID card.

The man fled the bank, but was arrested five months later.

The man whose name was not revealed will be sentenced on February 8.

Georgia state lottery winner murdered in home invasion

20 year old Craigory Burch Jr, who won $434,272 (£305,000) in the Georgia state lottery Fantasy5 draw in November has been murdered during a robbery at his home.

On Thursday night, armed raiders broken into Burch’s home, where he was with his girlfriend and children, WALB reported.

The three masked robbers burst into the property and held Burch at gunpoint and demanded his wallet, girlfriend Jasmine Hendricks said.

She told the local station:

    “When they came in, he said, ‘don’t do it bro. Don’t do it in front of my kids. Please don’t do it in front of my kids and old lady’.
    “He said I’ll give you my bank card.”

Burch is then believed to have thrown his trousers at the gunmen, who rummaged through the pockets looking for his wallet.

When they failed to find it, they reportedly shot and killed him before fleeing.

Hendricks fled and raised the alarm, she told the station.

Police are still hunting the suspect.