TamaleOnline Boss, 4 others petition Charterhouse for diversity in VGMA Board, Nominations

 The Founder of TamaleOnline Network, publishers of www.tamaleonline.net and four (4) other journalists in Ghana have petitioned Charterhouse Productions Ghana, organisers of the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) ceremony to endeavour to ensure there is diversity and fairness in the awards.
 
According to the petitioners led by Mr Abdul-Hanan Adam, the VGMA over the years has honoured largely artistes who live and work in the nation’s capital Accra whereas those in the remaining regions have been side-lined.
 
It said the board of VGMA has no regional representation and asked Charterhouse to expand the board to include other stakeholders from regions in Ahafo, Bono,  Northern, Oti, Savannah, Upper East and West Regions of Ghana.
 
“We are by this petition, calling on Charterhouse and Vodafone Ghana to expand and include citizens from other ethnic backgrounds on the board and musicians in the awards.
 
“Again, we are by this petition, urging that there should be one representative each, from the 16 regions of Ghana who are well knowledgeable in Ghanaian music but are not artist managers,” the petitioners argued.
 
It added “We also urge that the current status quo where some artist managers are members of the VGMA Board and other committees should be abolished because, we strongly believe it does not promote fairness.
 
“It is our expectation that, you consider the merits of this petition to promote diversity and national cohesion through the prestigious VGMA.”
 
Below is the full petition:
 
PETITION FOR DIVERSITY AND BALANCE ON VGMA BOARD AND NOMINATIONS
 
Introduction
 
The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards was established in 2000 by Mascot to celebrate Ghanaian musicians. The awards are presented annually, and are broadcast live on national television.
 
It is arguably the Biggest, most anticipated, most patronised and most significant entertainment event on the Ghanaian Social calendar.
 
Organized in partnership with the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards scheme, which is now in its 22nd year, has grown into a Festival of Music and Entertainment that engages the entire country and beyond.
 
 
However, the current board for the VGMA under the leadership of Madam Theresa Ayoade, Chief Executive Officer of Charterhouse Productions is without diversity and regional balance.
 
Regions usually without representation include Ahafo, Bono, Bono East, Northern, North East and Savannah Region.
 
The rest are Oti, Upper East, Upper West and Volta region respectively.
 
It is important to note that, majority (about 90 per cent) of nominees for the annual awards ceremony over the years are artists or musicians based in Accra, the nation’s capital without representation from other regions who compose music in their ethnic languages.
 
This petition is grounded in the fact that, Charterhouse itself admitted as stated in the introduction that the Ghana Music Awards was established to celebrate “Ghanaian Musicians” and as such, the organizers should expand and include qualified persons/citizens from other regions onto the highest decision making body for diversity and representation.
 
Again, it is an established fact the title sponsor (Vodafone Ghana) has a large subscriber base in some of the aforementioned regions without representation on the board and as well as awardees.
 
We are by this petition, calling on Charterhouse and Vodafone Ghana to expand and include citizens from other ethnic backgrounds on the board and musicians in the awards.
 
Again, we are by this petition, urging that there should be one representative each, from the 16 regions of Ghana who are well knowledgeable in Ghanaian music but are not artist managers.
 
We also urge that the current status quo where some artist managers such are members of the VGMA Board and other committees should be abolished because, we strongly believe it does not promote fairness.
 
It is our expectation that, you consider the merits of this petition to promote diversity and national cohesion through the prestigious VGMA.
 
Thank you.
 
Signed,
 
Abdul-Hanan Adam
 
Melvin Tarlue
 
Juliet Enam Obiri
 
King Zico Ishaq Newton
 
Mohammed Abdul-Fatawu
 
P.O BOX, 1977, Madina-Accra.
 
0249313313
 
27/01/2021
 
Charterhouse Productions Ghana,
 
North Industrial Area, Accra.
 
Cc;
 
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
 
Vodafone Ghana Limited
 
MUSIGA
 
 
 
 

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