All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, has stressed the importance of regulating and institutionalizing the music entertainment industry as he joins millions of African youth and music fans in expressing their grief over the death of the Nigerian singer Mohbad (Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba).
Mohbad died under mysterious circumstances on Tuesday September 12, 2023, a development which is still under police investigation.
The 27-year-old budding music star, also known as Imole (Light), was a very promising young artist whose creativity and incredible gift allowed him to produce some very thrilling lyrics that warmed the heart millions of fans around the world.
AFRIMA President and Executive Producer, Mike Dada, in a statement, while lamenting that Africa has shockingly lost a promising talent in its growing music industry, noted that the institutionalization of the music industry Music and entertainment remains a top priority to curb the unprofessional practices that exist within the industry in Africa.
He said: “On behalf of the AFRIMA International Committee, we extend our condolences to the Nigerian music industry, parents and fans of Mohbad, on his painful demise. Mohbad’s death is a tragic event that has deeply saddened us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of the deceased during this difficult time.
“With his demise, Africa has lost a promising talent in our growing music and entertainment industry. We pray to God to grant him eternal rest and to grant his parents, family and many fans the fortitude to bear his irreplaceable loss.
“AFRIMA is spearheading efforts to mobilize creative industry stakeholders in Africa, with a focus on Nigeria, to establish institutionalized operations and regulate the music entertainment industry. »
According to Dada, “this includes the enactment of legislation that sets industry standards, regulations and compliances for music record labels, performing artists, music publishing companies, entertainment lawyers and other professionals.
“It is necessary to have a law that regulates the music industry to prevent it from becoming an unregulated music industry, because currently the entry requirements are low, so anyone can wake up and create a music label. To solve this problem, African countries need to establish a music institute to regularly certify practitioners.
He also said that AFRIMA was leveraging its platform to organize a stakeholder summit aimed at engaging the legislative branch of governments across Africa through the African Union.
“AFRIMA urges stakeholders, including relevant government officials and agencies, artists, record labels, A&Rs, producers, promoters, artist managers, brands, songwriters, DJs and video vixens, video directors, production and equipment rental companies, publishing companies, streaming service companies. , entertainment lawyers, royalty companies, choreographers/dancers, entertainment/music journalists and media, culture and music enthusiasts, other supporting professionals: camera operators, editors, makeup artists, hair stylists, costume designers, among others, to participate in this crucial process. We urge stakeholders to submit their proposed legislation for review and consideration,” the AFRIMA President said.
AFRIMA (All Africa Music Awards) is the pinnacle of African music in the world.