Entertainment of Thursday, 3 December 2015
Months after resigning from Multimedia Group’s Hitz FM, radio personality and reggae musician, Abubakar Ahmed, popularly known as Blakk Rasta is set to stage a return to the radio business this month.
“I had a small tour. I went to America, Trinidad and Tobago… so I came back a few days ago. I’m getting ready, praying and preparing to bounce forward on radio… I appreciate the fact that people are asking where I am. It makes me feel good. Hopefully, we will be back on radio this month and the fire will be better,” outspoken Blakk Rasta told Happy FM.
He added he had been shooting videos since he returned from his trip. Blakk Rasta, however, did not tell which radio station he would be joining.
The ‘Salaga Soldier’ was hauled before Parliament’s Privileges Committee in June following his claim that over 80 percent of Members of Parliament smoke Marijuana.
Few days after he was pardoned by Parliament, Blakk Rasta resigned from Hitz FM where he was hosting the station’s mid-morning show, Taxi Driver.
He explained that his decision was informed by how ungrateful the station had been to him after he had been summoned before Parliament.
He told News-One:
“When I was invited by Parliament, my employers did not even sit me down before the invitation so we plan on what exactly we should say there and how things should go, they did not get a lawyer for me, nothing; nothing like that happened. Even my HR who was there knew next to nothing about the incident when he was questioned about the issue and what exactly I had said.
“I did not get any support from Multimedia, which I thought was unfair. I thought once I was with you, I should get your support. Even if you do not agree with what I said, you can go and say you do not agree and that you are pleading for clemency. But that was not done and I even had to look for my own lawyer.
“No one was interested in my wellbeing as far as that invitation was concerned; but they were rather interested in the story and in getting the news, so they [Multimedia] set up their gadgets and carried the news live both on radio and television.
“It has been a nice family but I now feel uncomfortable. I feel betrayed and I am not inspired anymore to work with these people. This slip could happen to anybody but it depends on how you handle it; but I was betrayed and I had to go look for my own lawyer, I went there on my own and even after that, not even one person from Multimedia has called me to talk to me about it and the way forward.
“What they rather did was to go ahead and ban my songs on radio saying that I do not attend station gatherings and all that so my songs should not be played on radio. What is this? I don’t intend granting interviews or talking about this because I have been working with this station for eight solid years.
“I think Multimedia is not appreciative of my work and commitment. Time and again, I have heard them make utterances that make me feel I am not appreciated and my die-hard passion is not appreciated. I put in all my passion and energy but this afternoon (Monday afternoon), I just decided to tender in my resignation.”
I was still on the radio [Monday morning] when I tendered my resignation. I have been with Multimedia for eight years and I think it is time to move on because I am no longer inspired there and of course, a few other things happened here and there that made me feel betrayed.”