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Music of Saturday, 11 August 2007


Diana Hopeson eyes MUSIGA presidency

Diana Hopeson, the first vice president of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has said she will stand as president of MUSIGA to continue with the good works of Alhaji Sidiku Buari.

Diana joined the union in the early 90s and has climbed up the ladder of leadership to become next to the president. She said there is a lot of work to be done and what the presidency needs now is someone who will be ready to do the hard work.

Diana sees the MUSIGA presidency as a calling and said whoever becomes president after the delegate congress on November 14 should know that he or she is there by the grace of God. It’s the first time Diana has made known her intention of wanting to be president of the union. She was however worried that some members of the union are not as keen about the positions of first and second vice president, general secretary, welfare officer and treasurer as they are about that of the president.

A president of the union has a two four-year term. It’s open to any member of the union in good standing for more than a year. A key challenge facing the union is the lack of funds to run its activities.

Alhaji Sidiku Buari has reportedly been instrumental in funding the union, sometimes from his own pocket. As Alhaji steps down after his tenure of office, the next administration will be confronted with the challenge of funding the union since dues paid by members are said to be meager.

Although aspirants are yet to file their nominations, names like Nana Kwame Ampadu, Kojo Antwi, A.B Crentsil, Nat Brew, Stella Seal, Gyedu Blay Ambulley among others are being mentioned as contenders of the union’s presidency. The ultimate decision will be for the 100 delegates to make in Brong Ahafo region come November 14.

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