The thrills and spills of Ghana Meets Naija 2018

I would like to congratulate Empire Entertainment for consistently holding the Ghana Meets Naija concert for the past eight years.

Putting together a concert is no joke; the more reason we must encourage people who set out to embark on such ventures for the betterment of the entertainment industry.

Ghana Meets Naija is aimed at fostering a good business relationship between musicians in Ghana and Nigeria, which give music fans performances from both countries.

Even though the motive of the concert is not to see ‘who is who’, it has also been a veritable battle field for musicians from both countries to prove their mettle.

This year’s, as usual, came with suspense as music enthusiasts yearned to see their artistes perform and most importantly, which of the two countries would outshine the other.

Artistes from Ghana officially billed to perform were Kidi, Stonebwoy, King Promise, Fancy Gadam, Kuami Eugene and Yaa Pono.

Wizkid, Mayorkun, Mr Eazi and Dice Ailes were billed from Nigeria.

The programme took place at the Fantasy Dome in Accra on Saturday, 9th June 2018.

Timing

The concert which was advertised to start at 8:00pm began around 10:00pm.

As of 8:00pm, there were still very long queues of patrons entering the 18,000 capacity Fantasy Dome.

I was not happy about the late start, but I was not surprised because time consciousness in Ghana has been a traditional nemesis.

If you ask me, the show was dragged too much. It ended around 4:30 am on Sunday. This was because of the many ‘unbilled’ acts who performed before the main acts, and the protracted DJ interludes.

According to my sources, most of these ‘unbilled’ acts needed the platform to market their brands so they had to beg the organizers to be put on.

Security

The security men at the entrance were so rude to patrons in the discharge of their duties.

I don’t know where they came from, but some of them spoke in Nigerian accent.

I remember a few years ago, Charter House, organisers of Ghana Music Awards did same by employing people from Nigeria and other foreign countries as security personnel.

It took constant criticisms in the media before they changed.

This is not a xenophobic attack, I am just against their unprofessional attitude, not their ‘nationality.’

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