The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has conferred its highest Honours to media conglomerate, Dr. Osei Kwame Despite; former First Lady Dr (Mrs) Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings and Midland Savings and Loans Ltd; for their immense contributions, in various capacities, to the arts and entertainment industry of Ghana, especially the music section.
Dubbed Music Industry Pillar Awards, it was part of the second edition of the MUSIGA Grand Ball 2014 held last Friday, September 5, 2014 at the Banquet Hall of the Statehouse.
“In addition to her support for the Arts industry, Dr (Mrs) Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings was highly instrumental in the allocation of the current MUSIGA Headquarters to the Union. This was at a time when MUSIGA desperately needed a headquarters commensurate with the growing stature of the Union”, the Citation said.
In a video message, the former First lady of the Republic said: “This is not just an honour; it’s a reflection of how the music industry does not forget those who help in propelling it’s success. I am more than grateful”
A citation to Peace FM owner, Dr. Osei Kwame Despite, read: “At a time when most media organizations in Ghana were busily promoting western music, Dr. Osei Kwame Despite, introduced Peace FM which devoted 99% to Ghanaian music. Even before his foray into the media, he had established himself as a leading producer and distributor of Ghanaian music having worked with the tallest list of Ghanaian artistes. Till today, his Despite Music Shop continues to be the one-stop shop for all kinds of Ghanaian music serving as a depository for music over the years. The addition of Hello FM, Okay FM, Neat FM and U-TV to his media group meant even more exposure for Ghanaian music and culture. Dr. Osei Kwame Despite has given the single biggest media support to MUSIGA activities”
The final of three awards, went to Midland Savings and Loans, with a citation reading: “You’ve been working with key industry stakeholders on various projects, including giving over two Million Ghana Cedis in Loans to musicians in the AJUMAPA Loan Scheme. You have supported the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Car Prize donation; Ghana Music Week and the Grand Ball. Also, you have supported the Government-sponsored KPMG Research on the Music Sector, aimed at establishing the economic contribution of music to Ghana’s economy”.
In his acceptance Speech, Mr. Michael Adjouvu, Managing Director of Midland Savings and Loans, expressed deep appreciation for the award. “We were doing our bit, not knowing it would be appreciated this much. We thank the industry and promise to do even more”
Presented by Johnnie Walker, Huawei, Midland Savings and Loans and Tigo; the 2014 Grand Ball was held on Friday 5th September 2014, at the Banquet Hall, State House. It was produce by Showbiz Africa for MUSIGA and dubbed the Greatest Benefit Dinner & Concert for Corporate Ghana and Society’s most influential.