Entertainment of Sunday, 5 February 2017
Source: Onua FM
Ernestina Afari also known as Silky Sweet, a regular entertainment pundit on Onua 95.1 FM’s entertainment talk show Anigye Mmre, has said VGMA awards to any gospel artiste under Media Excel Productions record label are questionable.
George Quaye, who is the Head of Communications at Charterhouse, organizers of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), accused some gospel artistes of bribing him. “I have been offered bribes by Gospel artistes, if I could or anybody on the board could alter results, some of the bribes are very lucrative and because it is impossible we are unable to take it.”
The statement did not go down well with some persons within the creative arts industry. This included gospel musician Cwesi Oteng, who first took to Twitter and described the statement as “stupid”.
He also urged fellow Gospel musicians to boycott the Ghana Music Awards until the people who offered bribes were brought to book since the comment was a total disrespect to gospel musicians.
A member of the panel of the show on which George Quaye made the allegation was Kwesi Ernest, the Chief Executive Officer of Media Excel Production, a record label known for investing in gospel music.
SP Kofi Sarpong, Joyce Blessing, Rose Adjei, Bernice Offei and Abena Ruthy are among artistes produced by Media Excel.
Silky Sweet said Kwesi Ernestshould have spoken against George Quaye for the comments. She told host Christian Agyei Frimpong that all the awards picked by artistes under the record label Media Excel are questionable.
Michael Boateng, popularly known as Mike 2, who is the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Concerned Radio Presenters, in a statement has called for George Quaye and the board members of the prestigious awards scheme to resign and, subsequently, investigated over the bribery allegation.