Big Events Ghana, organizers of the prestigious gospel awards event, Africa Gospel Awards Festival (AGAFEST) has announced South Africa as the new host from 2020 to 2025.
At a press conference last Wednesday, held at the Alisa Hotel, the Chief Executive Officer of Big Events Ghana, Prince Mackay disclosed that the objective of South Africa hosting the event for the next five years is to promote unity amongst gospel artistes across Africa.
In achieving this feat, the organizing committee has agreed to allow other African countries the opportunity to also host the annual.
“The vision of AGAFEST is to reach out to all gospel stars in all Africa nations to promote one purpose which is to celebrate and acknowledge the excellence of gospel talents. It is in this regard that South Africa has accepted the hosting right for five years,” Prince Mackay stated.
Ayanda Ncwane, the Chief Executive of Ncwane Communications who has been announced as president AGAFEST, South Africa stated that gospel artistes should not be apologetic about the gospel and to claim their rightful positions in the industry.
“I always say apart from Superman, Batman and Deadman, I honestly believe that Gospel artists are the real Super Heroes. Gospel music is the only genre that gives hope and resonant people from their challenges,” she said
Ncwane further disclosed that the AGAFEST platform would be a channel to help get other African gospel music on other African countries’ platforms and collaborate with their gospel stars as well.
“Let’s break down the boundary that separates us and divide us and become one Africa through the AGAFEST platform,” she noted
Ms. Matepe, the South African High Commission representative to Ghana, also indicated that Ghana handing over the AGAFEST baton to South Africa to host for five years shows a strong bond between them.
She noted that the AGAFEST platform would be used to promote cultural diversity and tourism among the African States.
The maiden edition of AGAFEST was hosted in Ghana in March 2019.
AGAFEST South Africa 2020 which is scheduled for October 30, 2020, is anticipated to be the biggest gospel awards festival in Africa.