You are here: HomeEntertainment2017 05 17Article 538663

Entertainment of Wednesday, 17 May 2017


You’re sleeping on your talent – Showbiz critic fumes at Vodafone Icons winner

Ryan Korsah’s comment that organisers of Vodafone Icons’ failure to heed to an earlier agreement of getting him a recording contract has subsequently affected his music career did not go down well with Prince Tsegah, as the showbiz critic chided at the artiste.

The winner of Vodafone Icons Street Edition, in an interview with KMJ on Hitz FM accused organisers of the music reality show of denying him a recording contract due him as part of winning the competition.

Ryan in 2013 beat Kelvin to win the ultimate prize package valued at GHC 250,000. The prize package included a brand new Kia Sportage, Samsung products and a recording contract with one of the world’s biggest record label, Universal Music.

As reported earlier by, Ryan during his interview, Wednesday, indicated that all prizes had been given him except the recording deal. He mentioned that a cash prize of GHC 50,000 was given him but that was not enough as he used the amount for a number of things, including paying for the loan his family secured to help him win the competition.

“Family people got loans just to vote for me and we have to pay back. I drive, I have to pay for fuel. If I want to do something else apart from music, I have to. I’m a grown up. Apart from the 50,000, they are supposed to do something extra. The money is nothing. They are supposed to give me exposure,” Ryan stated.

But a panelist on the show, Prince Tsegah, could not fathom why the artiste could not make good use of the said amount.

According to him, the manner in which Ryan spent the money is an indication he is not serious about his music career.

“There are people who didn’t get an iota of attention but are big guys in the system today. So if you have gotten this golden opportunity for a brand to lift you to this level and you are still trying to ask for Heaven, then I feel you don’t know what to do with your talent. You’re sleeping on your talent,” Tsegah said.

“You used the cash prize to pay back loans your family took to vote for you to win the competition. Are we okay? What about those who did not win at all? Who’s going to pay the loans for them? That is a risk you took to win. It’s not an excuse at all. Almost everybody who took part in the contest also took that risk,” he added.

On the alleged refusal of Vodafone to get the artiste his record deal, Tsegah cast doubt a company of high repute would indulging in such irresponsibility.

“If Vodafone signed, he should go to court. If he feels strongly about it, he should go to court, otherwise, he should shut up. I shudder to think Vodafone will deliberately fail to honour a promise,” he noted.