CAF Awards: Shatta Wale Will Keep His $30,000 Advance Payment Despite Not Performing
The CAF (Confederation of African Football) awards which held at the Accra International Center, Ghana on Thursday came under heavy criticism because the show’s music performance was dominated by Nigerians while Ghanaian musicians were literally missing.
Ghanaian acts, Shatta Wale and Kidi were the two artistes billed to perform at the awards but Shatta failed to perform.
In an interview on Zylophone FM, a radio station in Ghana, Shatta said that an unknown person called him and informed him that he was going to perform at the CAF Awards. Strangely, he wasn’t given any contract to sign and only $30,000 was given to him. This amount, he said, is a far outcry from what he was given at the 2016 CAF awards. He also said that he has taken the money to be a gift.
Ghanaian Afro-soul singer, Efya sang the national anthem while Kidi performed when guests were leaving the venue.
Meanwhile, AITEO, the sponsors of the awards, has tendered an apology for the act.
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CAF AWARDS – A CLARIFICATION
“Following the hugely successful CAF Awards event on Thursday, 4 January 2018, we feel constrained to offer both clarification and explanation as to the circumstances that led to the non-involvement of one national performer in the entertainment aspect of the event.
We start, in the first and primary instant, by apologizing for non-outing of Ghana music star Shatta Wale at the event.
This omission, contrary to some reported media accounts, was not deliberate. Far from it. Shatta is an artiste whose work and reputation we continue to hold in the exalted heights that he has attained. It is this appreciation that to led to his inclusion amongst those listed to perform. That this did not happen did not occur through any actions on the part of the organisers. As sponsors charged with the implementation of various parts of the arrangements on the day, we take responsibility for the omission and offer our unreserved apologies to the Government and good people of Ghana. We are, nevertheless, able to confirm that every arrangement was made for Shatta Wale to appear and perform at the event. Constraints beyond our control caused an enforced departure from that scheduling. The circumstances that brought about this situation are deeply regretted.
It is indisputable that we, as a company, hold His Excellency, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo and the Government and good people of Ghana in the highest esteem. This appreciation is evident in the dispatch with which the choice of Ghana as hosts was made; our commitment to deployment of considerable domestic support in organizing and delivering the event; the high level of commercial activity directly impacting the immediate community by the event as well as the significant and well deserved enhancement of Ghana’s standing in the global football community. These were all the factors that we as an organization earmarked as irreducible minimums in electing to stage the event in Ghana. We can say, with some assuredness, that those objectives were substantially achieved. It is important to note that even within the entertainment aspect of the programme, Ghanaian interest was very visibly represented in one half of the presenting team for the event.
We take this opportunity to reiterate our most profound gratitude to His Excellency, President of the Republic of Ghana, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo for greatly enhancing the stature of the event not only by his presence but his impressive display of knowledge of Ghanaian, African and world football. His Excellency enraptured a world audience with his vast knowledge and we cannot thank him enough. We also wish to appreciate, especially former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Dr Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR of Nigeria, former President John Jerry Rawlings of Ghana and his wife, the First Lady-designate of Liberia, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, Nigeria, FIFA Secretary General Fatima Samora, members of the Ghana Federal Executive Council, the leadership of CAF, the Ghanaian Football Association and Nigeria Football Federation. We are very proud to have been involved in this event with such distinguished and accomplished company. We recognize the errors that occurred and pledge our commitment to making necessary” adjustments in future.
Senior Manager, Media and Communications
Shatta Wale is an award-winning producer and musician in Ghana. He is popularly known for his 2014 hit song, Dancehall King.