Akosua Agyapong, a famous Ghanaian highlife artist and media personality, recently spoke out about the poor treatment of artists by the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO).
She shared her account of how the late Kwadwo Akwaboah, also known as Akwaboah Snr, was neglected by GHAMRO when he needed help.
Akosua Agyapong alleged that GHAMRO’s executives cheat and neglect artists when they are in need. She claimed that they would rather use the musicians’ royalties on themselves.
According to GHAMRO’s 2021 annual report, the collectors of the organization’s royalties received GH¢433,000 as commission, while the executives received GH¢132,000 as sitting allowance and refreshments for their board meetings.
Akosua Agyapong emphasized that Kwadwo Akwaboah only received GH¢250 as royalties before his passing. She believes that this is a clear example of GHAMRO cheating artists. She expressed her disappointment in the organization’s treatment of Akwaboah Snr and other artists in need.
Akosua Agyapong concluded by stating that she will organize some Nima boys to stop any executive member from showing up at the One Week Funeral observation of the legend which comes off on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at his hometown Trede in the Ashanti Region.
She hopes that her actions will bring attention to the mistreatment of artists by GHAMRO and lead to change.