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Charterhouse Petitioned for diversity in VGMA Board, Nominations

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Five journalists in Ghana have petitioned Charterhouse Productions Ghana, organisers of the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) ceremony to endeavour to ensure there is diversity and fairness in the awards.

According to the petitioners, the VGMA over the years has honoured largely artistes who live and work in the nation’s capital Accra whereas those in the remaining regions have been side-lined.

It said the board of VGMA has no regional representation and asked Charterhouse to expand the board to include other stakeholders from regions in Ahafo, Bono,  Northern, Oti, Savannah, Upper East and West Regions of Ghana.

“We are by this petition, calling on Charterhouse and Vodafone Ghana to expand and include citizens from other ethnic backgrounds on the board and musicians in the awards.

“Again, we are by this petition, urging that there should be one representative each, from the 16 regions of Ghana who are well knowledgeable in Ghanaian music but are not artist managers,” the petitioners argued.

It added “We also urge that the current status quo where some artist managers are members of the VGMA Board and other committees should be abolished because, we strongly believe it does not promote fairness.

“It is our expectation that, you consider the merits of this petition to promote diversity and national cohesion through the prestigious VGMA.”

Below is the full petition:

PETITION FOR DIVERSITY AND BALANCE ON VGMA BOARD AND NOMINATIONS

Introduction

The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards was established in 2000 by Mascot to celebrate Ghanaian musicians. The awards are presented annually, and are broadcast live on national television.

It is arguably the Biggest, most anticipated, most patronised and most significant entertainment event on the Ghanaian Social calendar.

Organized in partnership with the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards scheme, which is now in its 22nd year, has grown into a Festival of Music and Entertainment that engages the entire country and beyond.

However, the current board for the VGMA under the leadership of Madam Theresa Ayoade, Chief Executive Officer of Charterhouse Productions is without diversity and regional balance.

Regions usually without representation include Ahafo, Bono, Bono East, Northern, North East and Savannah Region.

The rest are Oti, Upper East, Upper West and Volta region respectively.

It is important to note that, majority (about 90 per cent) of nominees for the annual awards ceremony over the years are artists or musicians based in Accra, the nation’s capital without representation from other regions who compose music in their ethnic languages.

This petition is grounded in the fact that, Charterhouse itself admitted as stated in the introduction that the Ghana Music Awards was established to celebrate “Ghanaian Musicians” and as such, the organizers should expand and include qualified persons/citizens from other regions onto the highest decision making body for diversity and representation.

Again, it is an established fact the title sponsor (Vodafone Ghana) has a large subscriber base in some of the aforementioned regions without representation on the board and as well as awardees.

We are by this petition, calling on Charterhouse and Vodafone Ghana to expand and include citizens from other ethnic backgrounds on the board and musicians in the awards.

Again, we are by this petition, urging that there should be one representative each, from the 16 regions of Ghana who are well knowledgeable in Ghanaian music but are not artist managers.

We also urge that the current status quo where some artist managers such are members of the VGMA Board and other committees should be abolished because, we strongly believe it does not promote fairness.

It is our expectation that, you consider the merits of this petition to promote diversity and national cohesion through the prestigious VGMA.

Thank you.

Signed,

Abdul-Hanan Adam

Melvin Tarlue

Juliet Enam Obiri

King Zico Ishaq Newton

Mohammed Abdul-Fatawu

P.O BOX, 1977, Madina-Accra.

0249313313

27/01/2021

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Ladies and gentlemen, lunch is served!

Showmax premiers its first comedy-drama series in West Africa, Ghana Jollof, which premieres on the African streaming service on Friday, 22 October 2021.

Ghana Jollof tells the sizzling story of two young Nigerians, Jasper (Funnybone) and Romanus (Akah Nnani), who move to Ghana in search of greener pastures.

In the trailer, things start up with a first-time meeting between Nnamdi (Uzor Arukwe, who starred as dreaded crime boss Knight in Sugar Rush), Jasper (AMVCA-winning actor/comedian Funnybone), Kweku (heartthrob James Gardiner from Ghana’s popular telenovela Dede) and Romanus (AMAA nominee/Youtuber Akah Nnani). Subsequently, Jasper and Romanus head out to Ghana to jollof, kicking off a series of adventures… and misadventures.

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“I’ve always wanted to create something that would be a collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana, and Ghana Jollof is a realization of that dream,” says Basketmouth. “From the cast to the crew, everyone gave of themselves to create a show deserving to be Showmax’s first comedy-drama from West Africa. We all can’t wait for the fans to see what we’ve cooked up.”

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Ghana Jollof will be available for streaming across Africa and in the UK. The show will have 13 episodes to devour, with new episodes dropping every Friday from 22 October 2021.

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Earlier on in the year, there were several social media protests led by Efia Odo and others asking the government of the day to fix the country.

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He was brought to the station by police and is currently in police custody.

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