Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has described music as part of the African Culture and reiterated the need for music and culture to be commercialised in order to create jobs and reduce poverty among African youths.
He stated this when the African Union Commission (AUC) and the international committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), paid him a courtesy visit at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, as part of activities in the build-up to the 2016 edition of AFRIMA.
Obasanjo commended AFRIMA and AUC for unifying Africa through music and implored AFRIMA and AUC not to relent in achieving their objectives and called on brands and governments in Africa to partner with AFRIMA.
He recalled similar projects while he was president, like All African Games (COJA 2003) and Festival of Art and Culture in Africa (FESTAC ‘77) as platforms for promoting African culture and unity that require huge resources to organise.
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