Event organiser and entertainment pundit,George Quaye has jumped to the defence of Charterhouse Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Theresa Ayoade’s ‘rise above Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale’ comment.
It could be recalled that Theresa Ayoade in a press conference called on the media to rise above Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy and focus on other artistes.
“let us rise above them. Can you as the media help the industry rise above these two? Let’s rise above these two and let the industry breathe and move on. Sarkodie won artiste of the decade and nobody even talked about it.”
“The industry is bigger than these two artistes and that what I want you to go back with. There are lots of young people who need the opportunity so let’s move on,” She said
Mrs Theresa Ayoade faced several criticisms for her statement she made concerning Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy’s ban.
However, the former Communications Director of Charterhouse has expatiated that Theresa Ayoade’s statement was misconstrued and her statement never suggested that the organisers of VGMA wanted to ‘end’ the careers of the top Ghanaian artistes Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale.
Speaking in an interview on Hitz FM’s ‘Daybreak Hitz Show’, George Quaye stated that the company had called a press conference to seek the input of industry players and media on how to make the next Vodafone Ghana Music Awards a success but journalists around were concentrating on Shatta Wale-Stonebwoy’s ban from VGMA.
George Quaye disclosed that for over an hour at the press conference, Journalists and other guests focused on Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy’s ban which was announced last year.
“At a point, it almost became an argument at the auditorium, for almost an hour two artistes, so within that context, the woman spoke and said look, let us all come together and let us rise above them…” George Quaye said.