Controversial Ghanaian dancehall artiste Shatta Wale has been disqualified for the 2016 edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. According to the Board of the awards, the decision was taken as a result of the dancehall artiste’s consistent attacks on the Board and the organizers of the awards, Charter House. Theresa Ayoade, CEO of Charter House, said Shatta Wale doesn’t qualify for this year’s awards unless he completes the process of officially apologizing for “maligning” the Ghana Music Awards Board.
Shatta Wale, who won the Artiste of the Year at the 2014 edition, had criticized the awards and its Board of lacking credibility and had declared that he does not want to be nominated this year. He was however quick to announce that he will submit his works for nominations due to pressure from his fans. He personally went to the offices of the organizers to submit his songs on January 13 – 12 days after the nominations were open for this year’s awards.
Shortly after the press conference, Shatta took to Facebook, saying:
"WHY SHOULD I ALWAYS I APOLOGIZE FOR THE MONSTER YOU HAVE MADE ME BECOME WHEN NO ONE HAS EVER APOLOGIZED FOR MAKING ME THIS WAY.IF YOU PUT ME IN A CAGE LIKE AN ANIMAL AND FEED ME WITH FRESH BLOODY MEAT FOR YEARS,IMAGINE WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I BREAK THE CAGE AND COME OUT,I WILL BE FORCED TO LIVE THE BLOODY WAY YOU TRAINED ME"
Shatta Wale has had his fair share of troubles with Charter House. The events outfit in 2014 sued the dancehall artiste for GHc10 million (about $2.5 million) for defamatory comments, made in four videos, he uploaded to online social media platform, Facebook. Before the suit, the artiste had a fall out with the music awards organizers earlier in 2014 over his performance fee for the awards night. He boycotted the event but was still crowned Artiste of the Year for 2014.
Story by Ernest Dela Aglanu