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Music of Friday, 9 September 2011


Obour takes office as MUSIGA president

Hiplife musician, Bice Osei Kuffour popularly known as Obour has been sworn into office as new Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) president for a four-year term at a colourful ceremony in Accra Thursday.

Obour polled 64 votes to beat contenders; Nana Tuffour who had 51 votes, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, 24, and Willie Roi, 2 votes at the August 18 elections at MUSIGA’s congress in Tamale.

His inauguration, the first to be made public in the history of the musician’s body which came into being some three decades ago, marked the end of Mrs Diana Hopeson’s four-year term at the helm of affairs of musicians in the country.

The investiture took place at the main hall of the MUSIGA head office and was attended by several personalities who matter when it comes to the creative and arts industries in Ghana.

Notable amongst them were musicians, Ben Brako, Tinny, Sydney (Barima), Richie, Asem, A. B. Crentsil, Nana Kwame Ampedu, Bibi Brew, Nana Tuffour and Efya. Actors Pascaline Edwards and Augustine Abbey, from the movie industry, were among movie personalities who were also in attendance.

Business mogul and owner of the Citizen Kofi Entertainment Centre, Dr Kofi Amoah, chaired the inauguration with special guests, Mrs Diana Hopeson and Alhaji Sidi Kubuari, out-going and former presidents of MUSIGA respectively; Dr Hopeson, Diana Hopeson’s husband; Kofi Asamoah, General Secretary of the Trade Union's Congress (TUC); Kofi Owusu Mensah, a representative of the Minister of Tourism and a host of others gracing the event. Unity

Obour after being sworn into office by out-going president, Diana Hopeson, in his inaugural address asked for forgiveness should it be that he might have offended some persons in musicians’ fraternity during the electioneering process.

“I am sure that during the campaigning process I might have stepped on some toes. Please forgive me if I did. We need to move on as one unit after today’s great event.”

He noted that, “it is time for us to come to that very important realization that music transcends just entertainment to a huge empire of business, and development of our industry will only come in an atmosphere of tranquility and unity.”

“We can solve our problems of the industry as individuals, but it is only when we unite that we can change the industry. Together we can change the status quo which has reduced our industry to one of poverty although the industry represents wealth in our jurisdictions,” he stressed.

New executives, Kaakyire Kwame Appiah, 1st Vice President; Bessa Simons, 2nd Vice President; Deborah Freeman, General Secretary; Chizzy Wailer, Organiser; John Victor Owusu, National Welfare Officer; and Oheneba Kisi, Financial Secretary; were also inducted into office by Obour at the ceremony.

There were solidarity messages from several organizations including the Ghana Concert Party Association, the Copyright Office, the Film Producers Association of Ghana, the Ghana Actors Guild and the Trade Union Congress, who expressed their continuing support for MUSIGA.

The inauguration also witnessed exciting performances from the Tema Youth Choir, Efya, Lynx Family featuring VIP, Okyeame Kwame, Tinny, A. B. Crentsil and Obour.

Interestingly, Gyedu Blay Ambolley and Willie Roi who lost the battle to lead MUSIGA to Obour, were absent from the investiture.