Prominent Nigerian artists are among African stars scheduled to perform at the 3rd All Africa Festival, held in early February in the United Arab Emirates. The list includes Kofi, Olamide, Omah Lay, Yemi Alade, Sales, and Diamond Platnumz.
The All Africa Festival (AAF), the UAE’s largest celebration of Africa’s rich and diverse cultures in all their vibrant expressions and representations, is set to make a return for its 3rd edition and will take place in the nation’s capital, Abu Dhabi. According to a statement signed by Nina Olatoke, CEO, and Co-Founder of the All Africa Festival, the event, scheduled for February 2nd to 4th, 2024, will see the UAE Africa Connect (UAEAC) platform operate as the festival’s strategic partner.
UAEAC is a platform that celebrates the harmonic and solid partnership between the UAE and Sub-Saharan Africa.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring back the All Africa Festival, with Yas Island in Abu Dhabi providing the perfect backdrop to take this event to new heights in driving our mandate to showcase and celebrate Africa’s vibrant entertainment, food, and cultural experiences to residents and visitors to the UAE and the GCC region at large.
“From humble beginnings in Dubai’s Creek Park in 2018 to two consecutive years hosting the Festival at the foot of Burj Khalifa in Burj Park, our history spans more than five years of curating and successfully producing a festival that welcomes all nationalities to come and experience the heartbeat of Africa through sound and displays of art, fashion, and cuisine.
“As we bring to life the electric, vibrant energy for which Africa is known through music performances, fashion, and art installations across the three days, we are truly honored to be working closely with UAE Africa Connect, our strategic partner, the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, as well as Miral, the leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences, in bringing this event to life.”
Nina said the stage will be set on the grounds of Etihad Park, located in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s landmark family entertainment destination, Yas Island, saying this fun-packed event will bring together residents and visitors alike for a 3-day long entertainment and culturally immersive extravaganza that includes performances from globally renowned music icons, as well as locally based talents and DJs, with representation from all regions of the African continent.
She said the decision to move the All Africa Festival to Abu Dhabi comes inspired by the nation’s ongoing commitment to fostering an inclusive and culturally diverse society, as well as having witnessed the growth in numbers of African expats living and working in the UAE.
Nina maintained that the “All Africa Festival seeks to, therefore, build on previous successes, attracting residents and tourists to what has become an annual event that celebrates not only the diversity of African culture but also the equally culturally diverse landscape for which the UAE is known.”