Kwame Dadzie, who after attending the 2018 edition of All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has assessed the event as having lacked the “wow factor” amidst controversies, higher expectations and allegations as against counter allegations

The ardent entertainment writer who is known for his writing prowess and critique has rated the just ended award ceremony which was held at the Accra International Conference Centre on November 24, 2018 at 60%.

Kwame Dadzie who also writes for have in a write-up shared his opinion on his AFRIMA experience, being the first to held and hosted by Ghana

According to him, he waited for 2 hours to get accreditation from the organisers at the event venue (Accra International Conference Center – AICC) after the online application which was initially prescribed has been scrapped

He however explained that, after getting press tags, one needed another ‘wrist band’ to access the main auditorium describing the process as useless

“The whole process of moving out of the premises and crossing the street to get a ‘wrist-band’ tag was laborious and useless,” he stated

“These tags could have been given at the entrance to the main auditorium as has been done for many events we have hosted in Ghana,” he added

Kwame Dadzie further postulated his observation with the slugs and title mix-ups. He explained there were a lot of times they placed wrong categories and names for different artistes.

Last year, Kwame Dadzie single handedly fought the replacement of the old air-conditioning system at the National Theatre. He pestered the authorities with annoying articles until they purchased 4 new mobile ACs to augment their central AC system.

He observed at the programme, the authorities   had added more mobile ACs but people were literally soaked in sweat.

“Just when we thought we had solved the National Theatre problem to quite an appreciable level, I observed we would have to add the air-conditioning system at the AICC to our many problems,” he stated

“…and I discovered another ‘oven’ after a year of National Theatre fight,” he cried

Kwame Dadzie in expressing his dissatisfaction with the AFRIMA stage setup said, it was not anything extra-ordinary that we had not seen at our Ghanaian events before and the foreign hands brought in by the ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture did not add anything close to  the production of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards episodes

He again expressed his disappointment at the elimination of gospel songs category from the awards saying religion is part of us and would be right a gospel category is added.

The innovative, persistent and intelligent radio and television personality, Kwame Dadzie concluded by recommending that, there must be a deliberate effort to set our priorities right.

“If by next year we don’t have an auditorium that befits the status of AFRIMA, we should not continue to host it,” he humbly appealed

He reiterated that, once the government through the ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has realised the significance of hosting the event Ghana, it must as well note that hosting comes with a lot of things – not just the ability to pay $4.5 million for a three-year hosting ‘franchise.’

“We can’t be splurging money on AFRIMA when we can’t have proper auditoriums for events,” he concluded


Asiwome Tei-Mati |

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