FOCAP, an advocacy and a pressure group has learnt with dismay an unfortunate decision taken by the Board of the 2019 VGMA and Charter House, organisers of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards to BAN both shatta Wale and Stonebwoy indefinitely from its music awards.
Focap is shocked the 2019 VGMA Board and Charter House has taken such a decision when they know that both Artists are in court at the moment and that they Charterhouse and the Board are aware that they are also to be blamed for the eventualities on that faithful night.
In the nominees handbook, it is stated clearly that only the artiste should go on stage when mentioned to pick up awards and any person(s) would be stopped by the stage security personnel at the event but this they clearly could not enforce and this greatly contributed to this incident.
1- Focap believes Charter House should also be blamed and punished for what happened during the Event on that faithful day .
2- The lives of over 4000 Ghanaians and Foreigners who attended the programme were in the hands and care of Charter House in terms of security arrangements
3- Will Charter House / VGMA Board and VODAFONE refund the cash of those who voted for their acts to win Artiste of the year and Popular song of the year?
4. Will VGMA Board refund part payment of people who bought tickets to watch Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale perform on stage and largely the VGMA Event itself?
FOCAP is asking “who watches the watchman” when it comes to Event organisers in this Ghana? It’s high time we seriously take a second look at our industry and put institutions right, good checks and balances and make sure our industry sees a great future .
We asking Gaming Commission, Office Of the Director of Creative Arts and Projects at National Commission on Culture, the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture and MUSIGA to step in and solve this canker.
FOCAP takes a strong exception in this ruling by Charter House in this brouhaha and is calling on all institutions, allied agencies and stakeholders within the Creative Arts to also bring charter house to book for not abiding by it’s own rules of the game. Let’s hold institutions accountable for their own mistakes they commit too.
He who calls for equity must come with clean hands.
Kojo Preko Dankwa
Mel kwesi Davis