Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana has promised the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) a new national head office by the end of 2019.
The recently held 6th MUSIGA Presidential Grand Ball at the Accra International Conference Centre on Sunday, April 7, 2019 was attended by the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and his wife Samira Bawumia, ministers of state, members of the diplomatic corps, and people from the creative industry.
Nana Akufo-Addo who reiterated the government position and resolve to develop and grow the creative arts industry has disclosed instructing the Works and Housing minister to liaise with the Musician Union to settle on an appropriate replacement for MUSIGA Head Office. This has become necessary because of the Marine Drive Project.
“It was brought to my attention by Obour (MUSIGA President) that the execution of the Marine Drive Project which will develop aggressively our tourist sites to bring them to world-class standards complete with the requisite amenities and facilities will affect the building that serves as the head office of MUSIGA,” he said.
“I have instructed the Minister of Works and Housing to meet with the leadership of the Union and settle on an appropriate replacement by the end of this year, 2019,” he added.
The MUSIGA President, Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour in his speech appealed to the President, Nana Akufo-Addo to reintroduce Music Education at the Basic Level because of its numerous benefits.
He also called for support from corporate Ghana in its effort to improve the lives of the ageing musicians in the country.
Six Music Industry Heroes Prof. Kofi Abraham, Pat Thomas, Naa Amanua, Asabea Cropper, Kwadwo Akwaboah and Abirekyireba Kofi Sammy were honoured. Dr. Kofi Amoa-Abban, Vodafone, 4Syte TV and Kwame Sefa Kayi were also honoured as Music Industry Pillars.
The Distinguished Personality Award was conferred on Ransford Antwi, founder of Space FM and Sun City Radio.
There were amazing performances by Patience Nyarko, Adina, Tic Tac and Samini whose hit song ‘Linda’ got the President to dance. Other performances were by Bob Pinodo, Asabea Cropper, Naa Amanua, Pat Thomas and Daddy Lumba who invited the Maestro Kojo Antwi on stage.