The Musicians Union of Ghana has held an orientation programme for its Pro members and some celebrity artistes at the Coconut Grove Hotel in Accra. The programme focused on MUSIGA’s STAR-Ghana supported project dubbed “Using Music as a Tool for National Cohesion during Election 2016”.
The programme was addressed by the Director of Special Projects and Communications, Ahuma Bosco Ocansey aka Daddy Bosco who took the participants through the various components of the MUSIGA campaign.
According to him, the project is part of MUSIGA’s contribution to peaceful and credible elections in November. He said the project will entail peace walks and fora in all the ten regions, musical concerts in three regions and social media activations by top musicians among others adding that the project is made possible with the support of STAR-Ghana.
The first leg of the regional peace walks will take place in Tamale on June 9 followed by Bolgatanga on June 11, Wa on June 14 and Sunyani on June 17. The second leg kicks off in Takoradi on June 23 followed by Cape Coast on June 24, Ho on July 7, Koforidua on July 9, Kumasi on July 27 and Accra on August 30. The Union will also host musical concerts in Tamale on August 14, Techiman on September 24 and climax in Accra on November 5, two days before the elections.
The MUSIGA Communications Director noted that musicians have a huge responsibility to educate their fans on the need for peaceful and credible elections in November and encouraged the musicians to use their social media presence to drive home the message of peace.
Another speaker at the programme, Nana Yaw Darkwa who is the spokesman for the MUSIGA President and is also a University of Rhodes certified nonviolence conflict reconciliation expert spoke about the Role of Celebrities in a Peaceful and Credible Election. He called on the musicians to be active participants in the maintaining the peace of the country to ensure a violence free election. He said Ghanaians should not delude themselves about the peace in the country noting that the threat of violence during the elections is real citing the verbal violence that is displayed on our airwaves.
On his part, the MUSIGA President Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour said the Union is committed to contributing to a peaceful and credible election this year. He also commended the MUSIGA Pro members for their passion to ensure that the music industry in Ghana grows to provide the necessary contribution to nation building.
Present at the meeting were the VGMA Artiste of the Year EL, award winning rapper Joey B, ace producers Hammer and Appietus, hiplifers Old Solja and MUSIGA Director of Hiplife Smart Nkansah. Others were the MUSIGA Administrator Rev Fiifi Agyarkwa Khan, National Organizer Chizzy Wailer and 2nd National Vice President Rev Dr Thomas Yawson who moderated the event.