Amusement of Thursday, 4 February 2021
Resource: Abdul-Hanan Adam, Contributor
Five journalists in Ghana have petitioned Charterhouse Productions Ghana, organisers of the once-a-year Vodafone Ghana Songs Awards (VGMA) ceremony to endeavour to assure there is range and fairness in the awards.
According to the petitioners, the VGMA more than the many years has honoured mostly artistes who are living and operate in the nation’s capital Accra while all those in the remaining areas have been side-lined.
It mentioned the board of VGMA has no regional representation and questioned Charterhouse to expand the board to include other stakeholders from regions in Ahafo, Bono, Northern, Oti, Savannah, Upper East and West Locations of Ghana.
“We are by this petition, calling on Charterhouse and Vodafone Ghana to increase and include citizens from other ethnic backgrounds on the board and musicians in the awards.
“Again, we are by this petition, urging that there must be a single agent just about every, from the 16 regions of Ghana who are effectively experienced in Ghanaian music but are not artist managers,” the petitioners argued.
It added “We also urge that the present position quo where by some artist managers are users of the VGMA Board and other committees ought to be abolished due to the fact we strongly imagine it does not endorse fairness.
“It is our expectation that you take into consideration the deserves of this petition to market diversity and nationwide cohesion by means of the prestigious VGMA.”
Under is the total petition:
PETITION FOR Variety AND Balance ON VGMA BOARD AND NOMINATIONS
The Vodafone Ghana Songs Awards was proven in 2000 by Mascot to rejoice Ghanaian musicians. The awards are presented per year and are broadcast stay on countrywide tv.
It is arguably the major, most anticipated, most patronised and most important amusement celebration on the Ghanaian Social calendar.
Organized in partnership with the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and beneath the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Tradition, the Vodafone Ghana Audio Awards scheme, which is now in its 22nd 12 months, has developed into a Festival of Audio and Leisure that engages the overall region and past.
On the other hand, the present board for the VGMA underneath the leadership of Madam Theresa Ayoade, Main Govt Officer of Charterhouse Productions is without range and regional equilibrium.
Areas usually devoid of illustration involve Ahafo, Bono, Bono East, Northern, North East and Savannah Region.
The relaxation are Oti, Higher East, Higher West and Volta region respectively.
It is important to observe that, the the greater part (about 90 for every cent) of nominees for the yearly awards ceremony above the a long time are artists or musicians dependent in Accra, the nation’s money with out representation from other regions who compose music in their ethnic languages.
This petition is grounded in the fact that Charterhouse alone admitted as mentioned in the introduction that the Ghana Audio Awards was set up to rejoice “Ghanaian Musicians” and as such, the organizers should really increase and involve competent people/citizens from other locations onto the optimum conclusion earning system for diversity and representation.
All over again, it is an founded simple fact the title sponsor (Vodafone Ghana) has a massive subscriber foundation in some of the aforementioned locations without the need of illustration on the board and as properly as awardees.
We are by this petition, contacting on Charterhouse and Vodafone Ghana to develop and involve citizens from other ethnic backgrounds on the board and musicians in the awards.
Yet again, we are by this petition, urging that there ought to be one particular consultant each and every, from the 16 areas of Ghana who are nicely well-informed in Ghanaian music but are not artist managers.
We also urge that the present-day position quo exactly where some artist supervisors these kinds of are associates of the VGMA Board and other committees ought to be abolished due to the fact we strongly feel it does not market fairness.
It is our expectation that you take into account the merits of this petition to advertise range and countrywide cohesion by means of the prestigious VGMA.
Juliet Enam Obiri
King Zico Ishaq Newton
P.O BOX, 1977, Madina-Accra.