Entertainment journalist, Kwame Dadzie has indicated that due to the recorded and confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, it is possible organizers of the two main prestigious music awards will reschedule the events.
Following the directive of the President of the Republic of Ghana banning all public gatherings including entertainment events, conferences, workshops, funerals, political rallies, sporting events be suspended for the next four weeks, it is imperative that notable event organizers who had scheduled their shows to take place in March and April will postpone.
In an interview on No. 1 Fm’s Entertainment Show with Nana Kwame Gyan, the PRO of Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana [ATWAG] explained the COVID-19 is recording higher cases day in and out and there is a need for organizers of the VGMA and other award schemes to postpone their events.
“It is very possible that 3Music Awards and VGMA can be postponed due to the confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country.” Kwame Dadzie
The third 3Music Awards has been scheduled ta take place at the Fantasy Dome on March 28, 2020.
Charterhouse, organisers of the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) is yet to officially announce the date of the event.
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There is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. Management involves treatment of symptoms, supportive care, isolation and experimental measures.
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