I trust we all doing awesome by the abundant Grace of the most high God. My weekend was quiet and restful and I trust yours was good too.
I have some things bothering me that I want to get off my chest. Recently, RLG (a communications company here in Ghana) invited American R&B singer Chris Brown for a concert and the kinda things that went on during the show has given rise to this small piece of writing...
This singer whom the RLG paid a huge sum of cash to bring to our shores, quizzed the over a thousand crowd during his performance of how many of them smoked wee? After that question, the singer said “If anybody's tripping on y'all smoking wee, f**k them.” He then went ahead to bring out a neatly rolled stick of marijuana (wee, ganja, or "igbo" as my naija friends call it), and "puffed" it right before the glaring eyes of the security and the crowd which was a mixture of adults, minors and little kids.
As if that wasn't enough insult, producers of the show came out to say that, Chris didn't smoke as purported but rather an e-cigaret. imagine!
These are my concerns: Is it that we (Africans) don't appreciate the talents we have among us as much as we ought, that we are even making them wish that they were the ones who we are willing to give up an arm and a leg to go and watch? Instead of spending so much to bring foreign artists into the country, won't it better to invest that money in the local artist in order to boost our local entertainment industry, especially considering the fact that these guys (the local entertainers), no matter how controversial they get, will always seek recourse to the values and mentality of our society? Me, I like my country and the values we have as a people. Most importantly, it's important to me what my kids watch and what information they are imbibing all in the name of entertainment.
Like seriously, Africa has got some of the finest artists in the world, but we Africans, have little or no regard for them. Lets get talking... Do you think if any local artist did what Chris Brown did on a Ghanaian stage, that artist would be allowed to go scot-free without some questions from the security agencies? I was so happy to hear that Jimmy Cliff tried smoking wee in Nigeria a long time ago and was picked up for it, without considering that he was one of the mega world stars of that time. Can that happen in Nigeria again or have we lost everything?
Have a wonderful week and may God guide us in everything we do. Amen!
Peace... I'm out!