A member of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards board, Mark Okraku-Mantey, has stated that the board’s decision not to nominate Shatta Wale for this year’s event unless he completes the process of officially apologising for maligning it “has nothing” to do with the artiste’s issue with Yola Ayewode of Charterhouse Productions Limited.
Speaking on Hitz FM’s Daybreak Hitz on Wednesday, Okraku-Mantey said the artiste has been disrespectful to the board and the scheme, hence the decision not to include him until he renders an unqualified apology.
He mentioned that Shatta Wale sometime ago tweeted he was auctioning his 2014 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards plaques for two Ghana Cedis because he did not value it.
“He wanted to sell his plaque for GH¢ 2; we all know what that means. It’s a sort of ridicule. He also said he didn’t need the awards. I want to emphasize that it has nothing to do with his issue with Yola. These are personal stuffs. He disrespected the board and the scheme,” Okraku-Mantey noted.
It would be recalled that prior to the 2015 edition of the event, Shatta Wale came out to ask the organizers not to nominate him and that if they did nominate him, he would sue them.
This was after Charterhouse hauled him to court over a video he posted on social media that the latter felt was defamatory to its Yola Ayewode and the company.
Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer of Charterhouse, George Quaye has responded to concerns by a section of the public on why the board did not prompt Shatta Wale earlier to apologise than to wait till few days to the release of the nomination list.