AFRIMA Picks Pearl Thusi, Eddie Kadi As Hosts
The International Committee of AFRIMA has announced that South Africa-born Pearl Thusi and British-Congolese Eddie Kadi will host the main Awards Ceremony of the 6th All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA. Billed for on Saturday, November 23, at the Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos State, the event will open with red carpet reception at 4p, while the live broadcast would commence at 7.30pm.
With proven top notch screen and stage experience in the media, entertainment and comedy industry within and outside Africa, these two African superstars will bring their expertise and experience to bear while anchoring the programme of events at star-studded Africa’s biggest music night which will see winners of the 6th edition of the awards emerge.
Pearl Thusi, South Africa’s most sought after actress, TV presenter, MC, radio personality, model and businesswoman, is no stranger to the AFRIMA awards hosting duties. The talented and engaging Thusi hosted the 5th AFRIMA main awards held in Accra, Ghana on November 24, 2019. She boasts of a formidable breakthrough in her career, having gained popularity on the international movie scene with her lead role in Universal Film produced, The Scorpion King: The Book of Souls, alongside Zach McGowan, and her recurring role in ABC’s Drama Series Quantico.
Eddie Kadi, better known for his witty, clean and conscious jokes, is fast becoming a strong force in the British comedy scene. The multi-award-winning comedian moved from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the UK at the age of 8 and has since accrued success in his comedy career that includes sold-out concerts at the Hammersmith Apollo, London 02 Arena, and the IndigO2. Kadi has been able to use his gift and roots in African culture to break social barriers and unify cultures. In October 2019, he opened the music concert ‘Starboy Fest’ for Nigeria’s Afrobeat artiste, Wizkid, at the London 02 Arena.
“I’m so excited, especially as a South African, to be an instrument of love and celebration of the African music industry. African entertainment and all her arts constituents are my biggest passion – learning and growing with them to leave a legacy that is enriching and powerful to the generations to follow. And the annual AFRIMA is the perfect platform for me for this ideal,” Thusi said.
In similar vein, Eddie Kadi expressed his eager anticipation to join other African talents in Lagos for the main awards events. “There is no better feeling than being on the continent celebrating our uniqueness. I’m always excited to join my brothers and sisters in highlighting the diverse culture and talents we have across every corner of the continent. I would like to thank AFRIMA for this great platform and look forward to a great night in Lagos.”
On how the hosts were selected, AFRIMA Associate Producer, Adenrele Niyi, said, “At each edition of the annual main awards ceremony we are committed to present to Africa and the rest of the watching world an extravagant awards show steeped in African entertainment, culture and lifestyle. The hosts play key roles in interpreting and delivering the content for these on the live stage. Pearl and Eddie are two of the best in their respective fields of work.”
Pearl is a second-time awards host and has an insight into the experience AFRIMA creates on stage. As well, Eddie is no stranger to diverse global audiences and comes packed with confidence and humour. The French-speaking Eddie will also cater to the Francophone audiences in Africa and around the world. We are quite happy about our selection for hosts this year and we look forward to a great night at the awards ceremony.”
The 6th Main Awards show will once again honour and reward relentless African creatives in the music and culture industry who have shown dynamism in the production and expression of their crafts. There would be special recognition and honour to veterans of African music whose personality and musical arts have contributed immensely to the advancement of the music and creative sectors of the continent and brought about positive international perception of African heritage and arts.