Here’s One Key Thing That Was Missing At #VGMA22

Mr Drew performing at VGMA 22

The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is one of the biggest nights in the Ghana entertainment calendar.

It’s the appeal of the VGMA that brings music fans, musicians, politicians, businessmen and women and others together to celebrate a beautiful Ghanaian culture.

For the past 22 years, we have been treated to some amazing performances and this weekend’s VGMA was no different.

We also had the 360 requests and “who are you” wearing questions.

Obviously, various musicians including Diana Hamilton, KiDi, Adina and others were celebrated for their hard work.

However, judging by the times we are in and the fact that most of the people that were celebrated are young people, one very glaring thing was missing from the award show.

In the United States of America and other places where award shows of this nature are held, these are major platforms that are harnessed by the awardees and performers to make profound statements that advance the message of the people.

Black Lives Matter, anti-Trump rhetoric and the protection of other indigenous groups, including climate change, fighting against sexual abuse and mental health messages have often featured prominently on such stages.

However, here at home when young people are advocating for #FixTheCountry and even a number of musicians have also been agitating the shambolic nature of the royalties system in the country.

Nonetheless, the VGMA weekend went ahead with no mention of any of these campaigns.

When the attention of most Ghanaians was tuned to the VGMA stage, it was loudly silent on what was happening to young people in the country and the music industry at large.


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