‘VGMA Ready To Dialogue With Shatta Wale’

Shatta Wale, Theresa Ayoade


Organisers of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) have expressed readiness to dialogue with dancehall act Shatta Wale over his return to the scheme.

CEO of the VGMA, Theresa Ayoade said they will be happy to engage Shatta in a decent conversation.

Shatta and fellow artiste, Stonebwoy faced a two-year ban from the award ceremony. This was after they engaged in a brawl on stage at the 2019 VGMA.

After the ban was lifted, Stonebwoy returned to the scheme but Shatta didn’t.

According to him, he would only return to the scheme if organisers invited him and they reach a consensus.

“VGMA is my ex-girlfriend, anytime they want to come back I am here. I feel because they are the ones organising this and there should be a nice approach. They should also find someone from the office to come and invite me to come on board and it will be beautiful. We should take this like that…we have to understand that united we stand divided we fall,” he said on Hitz FM.

Shatta Wale emphasised that he doesn’t regard the scheme as an enemy, and as such, he believes that both parties can create something magical when his proposed steps are considered.

Speaking in an interview with JoyNews, Mrs. Ayoade said the organisation’s doors are open to welcome the controversial artiste.

“We are open to a conversation… We want to be inclusive as possible… We are happy to have a decent conversation, similar to what we had with Stonebwoy’s team. We are ready to sit down and discuss matters as mature adults,” she indicated.

“We want to ensure that the scheme is respected. Any artiste who agrees to be part of the scheme should abide by its outcomes. It is crucial to treat the scheme with respect, just as we respect every musician. We expect the industry to reciprocate that respect, considering we are collaborators within the industry,” she added.