FDA ban: Shatta Wale to lead protest march against directive
Dancehall musician, Shatta Wale, is calling on other musicians in Ghana to protest the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) ban against Ghanaian celebrities endorsing alcoholic beverages.
The outspoken dancehall artiste is calling on musicians to join him on a street protest to demonstrate against the ban.
Venting his spleen in a Facebook live video, the “Borjor” musician asked his colleague musicians to join hands to make the demonstration a success, pleading with President Akufo-Addo to review the ban because such endorsements served as a source of income for celebrities.
According to Shatta Wale, he could decide to stop ranting about the subject but he wants to use the opportunity to educate some musicians, in his view, have failed to grasp the full implication of the FDA ban.
“Some of us don’t have [a] problem. I will only say this because I want to educate most of the artistes. Most of the people don’t see it this way. Some think it’s about women and showing off.
“Why don’t we come together and demonstrate. We are always talking about ‘supporting your own’ but if we charge and march to their [FDA] office in unity then from there we move to the Flagstaff House asking the government to lift the ban,” he said in the video.
Reacting to Nigerian celebrities signing deals with Ghanaian alcoholic beverages after the ban, Shatta Wale said it will be in the right direction if the FDA reconsidered [lifting] the ban.
“Adonko wants to sign Ghanaian artistes too… We should let the government know how we need this business to happen. Some of you don’t know how lucrative ambassadorial deals are. People are paying attention to other things than what matters and it’s bad,” Shatta concluded.
They have, in equal measure, registered their displeasure towards the ban.