On Republic Day, July 1, 2014, Ghana marked its 54th anniversary of weaning itself from British colonial rule. To commemorate the day, a musically show dubbed ‘Republic Day World Cup Bash’ was organised in Tema by Speech Production in collaboration with Tema based PUB 24/7.
According to Mr Enock Agyepong, CEO of Speech Production, the sole aim for putting up the show was to help reduce pressure in the system as a result of the high cost of living.
“The reason for organising the bash was to reduce the pressure in the system” he said.
He continued that, “When you look at the rising cost of living, increases in tariffs and demonstrations here and there, we had to help bring the pressure down, there is the saying that when you have thousands of reasons to give up in life just try and find one reason to live and as entertainers that’s what we could do.”
He said generally, he was impressed with the way and manner in which the crowd conducted themselves.
He said initially when they went for the police permit in order to organise the show, the police refused, citing examples of Adom FM Temafest where some shooting incidents happened which forced the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) to place a ban on the celebration of the famous Adom FM’s carnival, TemaFest within its metropolis.
But later, they were given the green light to go on with the show after they had promised that, they were going to ensure a trouble-free event and “trust me for the first time we had an incident free outdoor program in Tema”, he said.
After a successful event, Mr Agyepong is admonishing the TMA authorities to rescind its decision concerning the ban on TemaFest.
“You see the 1983 coup affected music and musicians as a whole negatively and we should not get to a stage where we would be told that we can’t organise outdoor musical concert in the night because the crowd becomes uncontrollable, what then would become of all these musicians in Tema? He asked.
“I hope the Police Council would reconsider their decision.”
The ‘Republic Day World Cup Bash’ witnessed performances from Joe Frazier, singer JM de Voice, half member of the duo; Akesifour who also performed their biggest hit ‘African Girls’ on the night.
Other performances were Method Ranking, Slim Jae, Oman de Soldier and other up and coming musicians. There was also a segment for models from Salbani Modeling Agency to cat-walk on the stage to the delight of the crowd.
That segment turned out to be the high point on the night as most patrons grabbed their phones to capture photographs of the models, especially the ladies when they graced the stage to show off their cat-walking skills.
Prime 89.1FM’s Adjumawura Yaw Nkrumah was the MC for the night.
Even though it was difficult to get sponsors because of time constraint, Mr Agyepong appreciates Pasante Condoms, JAGD bitters and Renajoe Hotel for coming on board.
He ended by saying that, “I would once again thank the police for the tight security and also the crowd for comporting themselves because we all feel proud when names like Sarkodie and R2Bees are mention just because they come from Tema.”
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