Despite All Odds: Let’s Celebrate Obour – Diana Hopeson
Veteran gospel musician Diana Hopeson has said the administration of Bice Osei Kuffour popularly known as Obour deserves some celebration despite all odds.
The Former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) scored her successor an 80 Per cent on the bases of performing well over the 8 years of ruling despite the many criticisms.
Many musicians and stakeholders in the entertainment Industry over the period have accused the leadership of Obour and his executives of misappropriation of funds.
The accusations and allegations has left names at his end as ‘greedy chap’ chopping all the money at MUSIGA.
Nana Yaw Tabiri recently doubted the transparency in Obour’s administration, suggesting that he mismanaged some 2 million cedis that was given to the union a few years ago.
Diana Hopeson in an interview on Class FM said, “I will rate him 80 per cent; We always hope that the current years should build on what the older folks have done; to do better. So, it has been our desire to get the president who will go beyond where we have gone”.
According to her, the short of 20 per cent is because there were outstanding things she laid down the foundation for which there were high expectations of getting it done in the eight years tenure.
However, she expressed higher optimism and hope in the leadership of Obour and further encouraged young leaders to learn from their predecessors and perform better than they inherited.
In the meantime, the musicians’ body has set June 26 this year as the date for members to elect a new president with a five-member committee spearheaded to supervise the affairs of the upcoming election.
The committee has Smart Nkansah as its chairman, with former MUSIGA president Diana Hopeson as secretary. It also has Rev. Dr Mary Ghansah, Lawyer Jonathan Cudjoe and Trigmatic.
The committee will supervise the filing and the nomination processes and take care of vetting those who will hope to occupy the various position. It will also work with the Electoral Commission of Ghana to ensure a free and fair election.