Afrimma’s best reggae dancehall artiste of the year, Stonebwoy shares his opinion on the ongoing Ghana and Nigeria support issue raised by fellow colleague Shatta Wale.
After his successful show at the Accra sports stadium on the 25th of December 2021, Shatta Wale made a statement regarding the support Ghanaians give to Nigerian artistes but they the Nigerians do not reciprocate the same energy.
This statement has many people from both countries share their opinion as some support Shatta Wale and others vice versa.
The 5 times Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) reggae dancehall artiste of the year, Stonebwoy took to his social media platform and shared his opinion on the issue. He wrote;
“We were all African before we got separated into individual nations. African history and migration studies confirms that there is more that unites us than divide us. As the big family that we are, we all draw diverse creative inspiration from one another – no wonder than that we have similar cultures and values across the continent, and this cross pollination is clearly shown in our music and sound.
With the advent of the modern day nation – state, each independent nation is uniquely gifted in order to contribute its quota to the overall status of Africa’s entertainment and creative arts scene. To do this, we must support each other in equal measure.
Our brother nation Nigeria has done very well to mark many of the biggest milestone in the entertainment scene and is putting Africa on the global map due to the strength of its population (amongst other qualities).
Accordingly, our Nigerian brothers must consider that with their great power comes the responsibility of helping to forge a United African font by deliberately allowing music from the other African countries which pollinate Nigerian music to flourish on Nigerian platforms on local and international levels. This approach will enable the African sound to dominate the World as one big family and as a global force. That’s how we stand as one Africa.
My brother Shatta Wale’s approach may be wrong but the topic our brother nation Nigeria not reciprocating the love and support it receives particularly from Ghana is valid and deserves critical attention. Meanwhile, as the saying goes, we must love our neighbors as we love ourselves (not more than we love ourselves).
This means that Ghanaians home and abroad must emulate the Nigerians approach of prioritizing an agenda to invest in and support Ghanaian talent”.