Gospel musician cum songwriter, Moses Osei Kwarteng, popularly known as Moses OK has asserted that winning an award in Ghana is mostly dependent on the relationship the artiste has with the selection committee.
He disclosed that most artistes are awarded not based on merit but “who you know” syndrome which has affected the likes of him being ignored for any award.
The ‘Osoro Ta W’akyi’ artiste who was speaking on Kessben TV’s “Around Town” recently said his comments were not mere allegations but based on personal experiences over the years.
He disclosed how he was overlooked for an honour that he confidently believed deserved but could not pursue it since he didn’t know anyone on the selection board to fight for his interest.
“Our award schemes are such that, if you do not have your people there (those who make the final choice) who speak on your behalf, it will be very hard for you to receive the award.
“I’ve been nominated numerous times; however, despite the fact that everyone knew I was the most deserving of the award for the first nomination, I was ultimately unsuccessful in winning it. Even my opponents knew I should have won, but I lost instead. Despite this, I learned to disregard it and carry on with my life.”
Moses OK, who is well known for his distinctive blend of intimate worship and energising style of leading congregations with his worship-themed songs like “Osoro Taa W’akyi”, “Nti Mepaa Meni”, among others, lamented about how he has never won any award and yet has been a great contributor to the growth of Ghana’s music industry.
“Considering the impact I have made in the music industry and doing everything right in my musical career, I haven’t received any awards in Ghana,” he said.
He, however, said he was unconcerned by the events since he was focused on his mission of sharing the gospel to positively impact lives.
“My primary goal is to spread the gospel through my music ministry, not to earn awards,” he added.