RESPONSE FROM SOME BLOGGERS AND MEDIA GURUS TO SHATTA WALE’S APOLOGY
There is a good old saying “To err is human but to forgive is divine”. I know most of us have heard it before.
The Bible has said in Mathew 18: 21-22 “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times: but, until seventy times seven”.
Now Ghanaian self acclaimed dancehall king Shatta Wale known in private life as Charles Nii Armah Mensah wrote an apology letter to the Ghanaian art industry for his outrageous behavior towards anyone some weeks ago. The letter read;
“Letter To the Industry Share It I was making a point maybe my approach was Bad but that point I was trying to make still holds?
LETTER TO THE INDUSTRY… PEACE, BE STILL Mark 4:39.
Every birth brings to every household good tidings and blessings. You and I brought joy on this plane and are blessings onto our folks and the universe as a whole.
The instance I set eyes on MAJESTY, calm and peace went up my spine, his cries were distinct with words saying “make peace daddy” I have struggled with this message for a while and prayed over it. Anytime I held him in my arms those are the words that resounds in my soul.
I have been through a lot and thankful to the lord for all my trials and tribulations. He made me strong and has always won victory for me in the face of adversity. He’s kept his promise and has never disgraced me. He has in many ways spoken to me and I have listened. He’s spoken to me again and I humbly oblige.
By this piece, I am calling for a suspension of hostilities in our industry and would like to ask for pardon if by my actions or inactions caused grief to all industry persons. My code of belief has always been to wrestle against sinister motives and overcome hurdles in our industry that seeks to pull down and impoverish the Ghanaian artiste and the industry as a whole.
I mean well and hold on to my philosophy, I believe all in the industry shares the same vision and ask we join forces to wrestle our demons to see our industry thrive for posterity.
Apologies to my brother Samini and his family, to Mr. Ayoade and the staff of charterhouse and GhOne, to every journalist, blogger, media house, presenter and my colleague artistes I may have stepped on.
Lately there’s been an external attempt to start a feud between me and my younger brother Stonebwoy, but we are above it. Let’s bust a tune fi dem, I say to my young brother. To my brother Samini, I say we owe the world collaboration and a worldwide Peace Tour.
I hope my message will not be misread and misconstrued. I am not asking Charterhouse to withdraw their case against me or sought after awards and also not seeking to win the media over. Thank you. I am carrying out the highest order as a servant of God onto mankind.
God bless Ghana and our entertainment industry. Let’s get together and forge ahead.
Charles Nii Armah Mensah.
Now I tried to find out from some bloggers and media gurus, on whether the apology from Shatta Wale should in anyway be accepted or not since that was not the first time he had offered apology publicly. I bet you are inching to know the answers I got. Well I spoke to several people, some confined in me but were not read to be heard publicly others did. Below are some written comments from some well known Ghanaian bloggers;
Ebenezer Nii Anangfio of ghanagist.com said “we are not interested on commenting on it”.
Eugene Osarfo-Nkansah of peacefmonline.com commented “Only Time Will Tell”
Elorm Beenie, a publicist also said “Well he has spoken his mind. I respect his decision and thoughts but I can’t say much. He addressed Samini and others (but not me), so I can’t talk for Samini. Samini himself has the power to respond or otherwise, based on his own decision”.
Some other gurus including Eben Afum of flex newspaper, KMJ of Smattys Productions and a Broadcaster, also spoke to me with their thoughts, listen to the audio below, enjoy and share your views as well.
STORY BY: NTEWUSU PHILOMINA LISA
BREEZE 90.9 FM, ACCRA. GHANA
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