President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) praised the multi-award-winning music veteran, Koffi Olomide, for bagging the Legend Awards at the 2021 All-Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).

DRC President Hosts AFRIMA Legend Award Winner, Koffi Olomide
L -R AFRIMA Legend Award Winner; Koffi Olomide, Felix Tshisekedi; President, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the Official Residence, Camp Tshatshi Palace, Kinshasa, on Tuesday, February 14, 2022

While hosting Koffi Olomide at the official residence at Camp Tshatshi Palace, Kinshasa, yesterday, Tuesday, February 14, 2022, the President said that the award was both a significant achievement for not just the singer, but the entire country. Olomide also presented his 24-carat gold-plated plaque to the President.

DRC President Hosts AFRIMA Legend Award Winner, Koffi Olomide
L -R AFRIMA Legend Award Winner; Koffi Olomide, Felix Tshisekedi; President, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the Official Residence, Camp Tshatshi Palace, Kinshasa, on Tuesday, February 14, 2022

President Tshisekedi, in recognition of Olomide’s work, also awarded the 65-year-old Soukous singer as the country’s ambassador of culture.
While receiving his diplomatic passport from President Tshisekedi, Olomide promised to maintain a reputation worthy of emulation by African youths.

 

DRC President Hosts AFRIMA Legend Award Winner, Koffi Olomide
L -R AFRIMA Legend Award Winner; Koffi Olomide, Felix Tshisekedi; President, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the Official Residence, Camp Tshatshi Palace, Kinshasa, on Tuesday, February 14, 2022                                                                                                                                                                   

This appointment would see Olomide, who has been active in the Congolese music industry for over five decades, help boost DRC’s increasing attempts at repositioning its cultural and creative economy.

DRC President Hosts AFRIMA Legend Award Winner, Koffi Olomide
AFRIMA Legend Award Winner, Koffi Olomide

Recall that the Congolese Rumba was officially added to the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) heritage list, last December, sparking hope for the country’s cultural progression.

DRC President Hosts AFRIMA Legend Award Winner, Koffi Olomide
L -R AFRIMA Legend Award Winner; Koffi Olomide, Felix Tshisekedi; President, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the Official Residence, Camp Tshatshi Palace, Kinshasa, on Tuesday, February 14, 2022

Koffi Olomide is a multi-award-winning artist and founder of the Quartier Latin International Orchestra. With over 30 studio albums to his credit, the singer has carved a reputation as one of the fundamental growth pillars of the Congolese, and by extension, the African music industry.

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