The 2017 CAF Awards ceremony which happened at the Accra International Conference Center on Thursday, January 4 has caused many Ghanaians including celebrities to be angry.
Comments from these persons on social media are about the selection of artists for the show hosted by Hollywood actor of Ghanaian descent, Boris Kudjoe, and wife, Nicole Ari Parker. Whilst the event was ongoing, Ghanaians on social media were asking when any of our local acts would mount the stage to perform since Nigerian musicians were taking over the event. They got very pissed after the event and took to Facebook, Instagram, twitter and other online platforms to lambast CAF even though Efya and Kidi performed.
According to these folks Zionfelix.net chanced on their posts, Ghana should have had more artists on the bill instead of Nigerians since the event was hosted here. To them, Efya and Lynx Entertainment signed musician, Kidi’s performances cannot be compared to the time organisers of the awards gave to their colleagues from Nigeria – Wizkid, Patoranking, Flavour, Patoranking, Phyno, Tiwa Savage and Olamide. They added that heavyweights from the Ghanaian music industry like Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy and others should have also been seen on stage since A-list acts were flown from outside for the event.
Even though some Ghanaians are not happy with the influx of foreign musicians who entertained patrons at the 2017 CAF Awards, others want Ghanaians to give the football body a break since Ghana was represented on the night by two artists. These persons also argue that the annual awards by the Confederation of African Football even though hosted in Ghana is not meant for Ghanaians so should not be clustered with local artists.
Celebrities like Mzbel, Kafui Dey, Wiyaala, Edem and many others took to social media after the awards to also express their discomfort over CAF’s plan to hire the services of many Nigerian musicians and few Ghanaian acts for show hosted on their soil.
Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Liverpool won the African player of the year at the 2017 CAF Awards. Mohamed Salah beat Sadio Mane of Senegal and Liverpool, and Gabon’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang who plays for Dortmund. He takes over from Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez who won the 2016 edition in Abuja.