I’m honored When Africa Recognizes me – Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo, Beninese multi award winning singer and songwriter, has said that she is especially honored whenever she receives award from fellow Africans who recognise music excellence.

This, she said, recently in Cotonou, the capital of Republic Du Benin during a ceremony where she was presented with two trophies for Best Female Artiste West Africa and Best African Contemporary awarded at the 2014 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, which held on Saturday, December 24 in Lagos, Nigeria.

The AFRIMA trophies were presented to the legendary African singer by Jean-Michel Abimbola, the Minister of Culture, Republic du Benin, while Richmir Totah, AFRIMA Country Director, Republic du Benin, represented the International Committee of AFRIMA at the event witnessed by Angelique Kidjo’s family members and held in the Ministry of Culture, Republic du Benin.

Clutching her trophies with delight, Kidjo, whose ever evolving legacy as a music force on Africa has also earned her two Grammy Awards, the latest won at the 2015 Grammy held on Sunday, January 26, said,“I have received a lot of awards and trophies in my career, but I am honored and proud when it comes from my fellow Africans who recognise my merits and award me this prestigious trophies. Thank you to AFRIMA.”

In a recorded speech relayed at the AFRIMA main awards ceremony in Lagos, Kidjo expressed regret for missing the awards ceremony due to her then ongoing tour.

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