Blakk Rasta has disclosed that his decision to resign was due to betrayal on the part of his employer, Multi Media Group Limited, contrary to rumours that he was sacked.
Ghanaian award-winning Reggae musician cum radio host, Mr. Abubakar Ahmed widely known as Blakk Rasta, has spoken publicly on the decision to quit his 8-year-old controversial radio show "Taxi Driver" on Accra based Hitz FM.
Blakk Rasta in an interview with NewsOne disclosed that his decision to resign was due to betrayal on the part of his employer, Multi Media Group Limited, contrary to rumours that he was sacked.
He further stated that he is staying off any media related job for a while.
Below, his full telephone response to NewsOne
“I was still on the radio [Monday morning] when I tendered my resignation. I have been with Multimedia for eight years and I think it is time to move on because I am no longer inspired there and of course, a few other things happened here and there that made me feel betrayed.
“No one sacked me. If I was sacked I would have told you because there is nothing embarrassing about it. I resigned and when I handed them my letter, they even said I had to refund to them a month’s salary because I resigned without serving them prior notice.
“When I was invited by Parliament, my employers did not even sit me down before the invitation so we plan on what exactly we should say there and how things should go, they did not get a lawyer for me, nothing; nothing like that happened. Even my HR who was there knew next to nothing about the incident when he was questioned about the issue and what exactly I had said.
“I did not get any support from Multimedia, which I thought was unfair. I thought once I was with you, I should get your support. Even if you do not agree with what I said, you can go and say you do not agree and that you are pleading for clemency. But that was not done and I even had to look for my own lawyer.
“No one was interested in my wellbeing as far as that invitation was concerned; but they were rather interested in the story and in getting the news, so they [Multimedia] set up their gadgets and carried the news live both on radio and television.
“It has been a nice family but I now feel uncomfortable. I feel betrayed and I am not inspired anymore to work with these people. This slip could happen to anybody but it depends on how you handle it; but I was betrayed and I had to go look for my own lawyer, I went there on my own and even after that, not even one person from Multimedia has called me to talk to me about it and the way forward.
“What they rather did was to go ahead and ban my songs on radio saying that I do not attend station gatherings and all that so my songs should not be played on radio. What is this? I don’t intend granting interviews or talking about this because I have been working with this station for eight solid years.
“I think Multimedia is not appreciative of my work and commitment. Time and again, I have heard them make utterances that make me feel I am not appreciated and my die-hard passion is not appreciated. I put in all my passion and energy but this afternoon, I just decided to tender in my resignation.
“Next week, I am travelling to Italy for the Milan Expo and I would be representing Ghana on the ticket of the Trade Ministry and we are bringing home an award. Right after that, I am going to America, then Australia and then Trinidad and Tobago. It looks like the outsiders seem to appreciate my works more and I am looking forward to using this platform to push my ‘Serwa Akoto’ on the international scene.
“I hope to be back in the media soon. Long before my resignation, some stations had approached me but I did not give in. I am not sure which station I would be moving to because it would be about the biggest bidder and who would appreciate me and respect what I do.”