After months of controversy, elections for the post of Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) were held with the incumbent president Bice Osei Kufour, music producer Appietus (real name, Kwame Appiah Dankwah) and hip-hop originator Gyedu Blay Ambolley contesting for the top job. In the end, Kufour (popularly known as Obour) was re-elected president.
Ill-tempered arguments dogged the period before the elections, with candidates trading barbs, all carried by Ghana’s media. In July Appietus spoke about Obour’s tenure.
‘Obour’s term is almost over,’ he said, ‘and he did not do all the things he said and it is very worrying. My problem is, we pushed Obour so hard but it’s like he doesn’t listen and it is very worrying because all the structures we planned to put in place so that it will aid up and coming artistes, nothing has been done about it all these four years.’
Appietus also alleged that the 3000 Ghana Cedis charged as filing fees was set to make the process difficult.
In the end Appietus received 18 votes, Ambolley 22. The Koforidua Congress, with 88 votes, elected incumbent president Obour for another term of four years.
Subsequent to the election, which was supervised by the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Obour spoke about the need for harmony within MUSIGA: ‘Let us settle our differences as we move forward for a great and united front and to project not only the industry but also make the country proud.’
Besides the presidency, other elections were held—with several candidates contesting unopposed. Some of the winners and their positions are: Bessa Simons as First Vice President; Rev. Thomas Harry Yawson as Second Vice President; Deborah Freeman as General Secretary; Samuel Kofi Agyemang (Treasurer) and Chizzy Nii Adu as National Organiser.