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Music in Africa Foundation honors Eric Wainaina

BY 19.11.18

Kenyan musician Eric Wainaina was feted with the 2018 Music In Africa Honorary Award at the opening of the Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) on Thursday night.

The award which aims to recognise the outstanding contribution of notable musicians to their home country’s industry and that of Africa as a whole, was last awarded to Baaba Maal of Senegal. Wainaina is well known for his politically charged songs and his song “Nchi Ya Kitu Kidogo” has become an anthem for anti-corruption over the years. Speaking at the opening gala, Wainaina said "I’m honored to be counted worthy of the award. Kenya has a lot of talent and I encourage government agencies tasked with promoting art to give a clear guide on the criteria they use. We just came from Broadway where we staged the first Kenyan theatrical performance. Unfortunately, we didn’t receive much support from the government and I feel we missed a major opportunity to really brand Kenya.”

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