Ghanaian dancehall artist Livingstone Etse Satekla has issued a statement apologising for pulling a gun on stage at the just ended Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
The musician pulled a gun when Shatta Wale and an entourage stormed the stage moments after he (Stonebwoy) had been declared Reggae/Dancehall artist of the year.
Read the full statement from below.
I would like to extend my sincerest apologies and deepest regrets for the part my conduct played at what should have been the biggest celebration of Ghanaian music last night.
In seeking to entertain Ghanaians, I have been the victim of incessant vilification and physical attacks in recent times. My own dear wife has in the past suffered a knife attack at a concert — an attack that had been meant for me and which resulted in her been rushed to a hospital. This for me has been quite alarming with regards to my security.
Such unfortunate incidents have clearly had an impact on the sense of alertness of my entire team and I. Violence can easily result in trauma — especially violence against those closest to us.
Stonebwoy is a very respectful and well mannered musician. Highly spoken of amongst his equals and the masses both locally and internationally, due to the high level of respect I show to all and the high levels of comportment coupled with hardwork.
I have been going through difficult times despite the gains my team and I have made musically in raising high the flag of Ghana and also at the 20th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. I however accept that no matter the provocation there must be an attempt to remain calm.
I am taking remedial measures to ensure that there will never be a repetition of such actions. These include improving the security measures within my team. These immediate actions are to ensure that such acts do not recur, nor in any way affect my person or my profession.
It is my ardent hope that the show will be remembered for the showcase and appreciation of talents and not the few minutes of regretful haywire. I will continue working with Charterhouse and hope this won’t in any way affect my relationship with them.
To Vodafone Ghana, my sincerest apologies to you for bringing your brand to a low moment like this. As artistes, we appreciate what you invest and continue to invest in our talents. We hope you will continue to support Ghanaian music.
To all Ghanaians, let us come together in unity and rise above fuelling needless rivalries.I urge all fans to keep calm and desist from all forms of violence.
The Stonebwoy you know always comes in peace and I will always advocate for peace. “