Ghanaian – British Afrobeat musician, Fuse ODG has waved into the discussion of whether it was right for dancehall musician, Shatta Wale to call his own country- Ghana “a village”. According to the Fuse, it is plainly incongruous to tell Ghanaians in the diaspora to come to Ghana and on the same stage, proclaim Ghana as a village.
It will be recalled that Shatta Wale at a recent performance at the Indigo O2 Arena in London, openly said “Ghana is a village” and asked the audience to repeat after him which they refused.
Shatta Wale was seen in a viral video saying – “I just wanna share that word with you. Shatta Wale is a very nice guy. All that you keep reading about me on google from Ghana…Ghana is a village, say village, village.”
It was reported that the audience actually started booing him offstage for his statement for which he replied — “no no, girls let me tell you, don’t get pissed. Look at how you are looking beautiful, nice, sexy, sumptuous.”
The statement has attracted mixed reactions in Ghana especially after Shatta came out days after with a video on social media, alleging that his “Ghana is a village” was to address the bad situations in the country.
But speaking on Peace FM’s entertainment review show, Fuse ODG said that, even though Shatta Wale has been misunderstood on many occasions for being open and expressive, telling people abroad that Ghana is a village isn’t the way to attract them into the country.
“Just like Shatta Wale tells people about his nice songs when he has a show to attract them to come to the venue, it’s the same way we have to tell people about our good sides to attract them. We should tell them to come to Ghana for themselves, not to come and help anyone. If they come to help build the country, they must do that for themselves” – the “bra fie” singer opined.
“It’s good to tell people to come back to Ghana, but they won’t come if you tell them it’s a village so they should come. America has bad places, but they don’t show that on TV. Ghana is not a village, it’s a great place to have a good time. Every country has problems so if Ghana is a village then all countries are villages” — Fuse ODG said in an interview Peace FM.