The very meaning of controversy has been contested in 2019. With so much access to celebrities, the beginnings and ends of their relationships, the beefs and fights that shook the nation. These were some of 2019’s biggest celebrity controversies that dominated the headlines and our social intereactions.
Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale’s VGMA fight
The 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is one Ghanaians will never forget. It was the first time a celebrity had pulled a gun on stage and live TV. It was the first time Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale had taken their fued from social media into action and the days that followed were more controversial. Award withdrawals, indefinite bans, police arrests, private peace talks, a Peace Conference, kisses on live television, new friendships and an ongoing court trail. It is great to see both musicians ending the year on a good note.
Kelvynboy vs Wendy Shay
As his then boss, Stonebwoy was trying to reconcile with his rival, Kelvynboy created a new rival in Wendy Shay. The unintentional curve from him to Wendy Shay during the Peace Conference created a month long beef between the two.
Stonebwoy sacking Kelynboy and Blakk Cedi
In September, Ghanaian musician Livingstone Etse Satekla popularly known as Stonebwoy announced the release of Kelvynboy from his record label. Stonebwoy revealed that after an audit of Kelvynboy’s conduct during his initial one-year agreement which expired on January 22, 2019, the label found no good reason to activate the 4-year extension of the agreement option.
Kelvynboy’s sack came after Stonebwoy had released Blakk Cedi from his team as a manager.
2020 GRAMMY Nomination Saga
When the nominees for the 2020 GRAMMY Awards was announced it sparked a week long conversation on social media. With the nomination of Burna Boy’s AFRICAN GIANT and Beyonce’s LION KING: THE GIFT, there was confusion as to what exactly the Ghanaian acts featured on these project would be getting if the projects own their various categories. Fuse ODG ‘unnecessarily ‘went hard at entertainment pundits who asked him for a clarification on the issue and this sparked another controversy.
MUSIGA’s Ghc70,000 Menzgold investment
Nana Appian Mensah, CEO of Menzgold Gold had quite a year! But it was Bessa Simons revealation that the Musicians Union of Ghana MUSIGA, invested in Menzgold had had people shook. The aspiring MUSIGA president, disclosed that the Union, under the Bice Osei Kuffuor administration invested Ghc70,000 in the gold dealership company before its unfortunate collapse.
Stars who left EIB Network and Bola Ray’s confession
2019 was a rough year for Bola Ray’s EIB Network as many of the media houses’ on-air personalities left for other jobs. From Berla Mundi, Giovanni Caleb to Kemmini Amanor, people were curious as to what was exactly happening. Whiles speaking at the iYes Ghana event in August, Chief Executive Officer of EIB Network, Nathaniel Kwabena Anokye Adisi popularly known as Bola Ray revealed the reason why most of his staff left.
Bola Ray openly disclosed how he had to delay payments of salaries for 7 months in 2018 and further explained that people who worked with EIB and could not bear with the challenges that came with salary delays used different excuses to leave for other jobs.
Strongman and Medikal’s rap battle
June was hot as two names dominated the headlines, trends and social group chats. As Medikal and Strongman were fighting each other with punchlines, people were busy accessing who was a better rapper than the other. They both left punchlines and hits that will be in the minds of many. Were you #TeamMedikal or #TeamStrongman?
Earlier this month, Lynxx Entertainment signee Kidi dropped a bombshell on his fans and it shook the whole nation. The ‘SAY YOU LOVE’ hitmaker outdoored his son whom he had been hiding for 3 years to the world. According to Kidi, he kept Zayne a secret because he knew how judgmental Ghanaians were.