by: michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
Obour and his charges have executed another edition of the Musicians’ Union of Ghana (MUSIGA)’s annual presidential grand ball at the State Banquet Hall in Accra on December 29.
The fifth in the series, President Akufo-Addo who was the special guest honour touched on claims the Ministry of Trade and Industry charged between $25,000 and $100,000 to grant expatriates access to his seat at the first ever Ghana Expatriates Business Awards last month.
He submitted: “I hope that it will not be said that I asked people to pay a Gh¢1,500 to come and have dinner with me tonight. This is a MUSIGA Presidential Ball and it should stay as such else I’ll be the subject of parliamentary enquiry.”
This follows Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye summoning Parliament for an emergency sitting on Friday, January 5, 2018 to deliberate on the matter on the insistence of the minority.
On his governments commitment to the Creative Arts sector, he noted: “In 2018, we will, amongst others, continue with initiatives to improve the creative arts sector with the setting up of a fully functional creative arts secretariat and the commencement of feasibility studies to set up a creative arts fund all under the leadership of the dynamic Catherine Afeku, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture.”
MUSIGA President; Bice Osei Kufuor (Obuor) stressed the need for Aging Musicians’ Welfare Fund to safeguard the economic wellbeing of entertainers. The gala thus was put together to raise funds for the Aging Musician’s Welfare Fund, as well as the MUSIGA Academy.
Becca celebrated Awurama Badu, while Wutah hailed Paapa Yankson before dishing their own songs. Daddy Lumba, Nana Ampadu, A.B Crentsil and Ivorian heavyweight; Freddy Meiway were the other entertainers on the night.
Lifetime Achievement Honours were presented to 5 deserving recipients: Nana Ampadu, Jewel Ackah, Obuoba J.A Adofo, CK Mann and A.B Crentsil respectively who all took home ₵10,000, as well as a promise by Hon. Ken Agyapong to give them a monthly donation of ₵5000 each for the rest of their lives.
Paapa Yankson’s trumpet, flute and painting, Awurama Badu’s acoustic guitar and Agya Koo Nimo’s xylofon were all auctioned to support the Aging Musicians Welfare Fund.
Kwami Sefa Kayi steered the affairs of the night aided by DKB.
Photo Credit: enewsgh