In his response, he declared support for his colleague, Shatta Wale, who had earlier told Nigerians to be grateful to Ghana for supporting their artistes.
Ghana vs Naija: Shatta Wale’s approach wrong but his concerns valid - Stonebwoy
Dancehall star, Stonebwoy has dropped a 288-worded scholarly article on the Ghana vs Naija debate started by Shatta Wale.
According to the Ghanaian dancehall act, “We were all Africans before we got separated into individual nations. African history and migration studies confirms that there is more that unites us than divides us”.
In the statement t shared on his social media pages, he continued that “as the big family that we are, we all draw diverse creative inspiration from one another - no wonder then that we have similar cultures and values across the continent, and this cross-pollination is clearly shown in our music and sound.
“With the advent of the modern day nation-state, each independent nation is uniquely gifted in order to contribute its quota to the overall status of Africa's entertainment and creative arts scene,” he added.
Suggesting a way forward, he noted that “to do this, we must support each other in equal measure. Our brother nation Nigeria has done very well to mark many of the biggest milestones in the entertainment scene and is putting Africa on the global map due to the strength of its population (amongst other qualities”
In the essay that has gone on social media, Stonebwoy also mentioned that “accordingly, our Nigerian brothers must consider that with their great power comes the responsibility of helping to forge a united African front by deliberately allowing music from the other African countries which pollinate Nigerian music to flourish on Nigerian platforms on local and international levels”.
According to Stonebwoy, “this approach will enable the African sound to dominate the world as one big family and as a global force... That's how we stand as one Africa.
Sharing his thoughts on how Shatta Wale has set the agenda with his social media antics towards Nigerians, he said “mybrother Shatta Wale's approach may be wrong but the topic of our brother nation Nigeria not reciprocating the love and support it receives particularly from Ghana is valid and deserves critical attention”.
He concluded that “meanwhile, as the saying goes, we must love our neighbours as we love ourselves (not more than we love ourselves). This means that Ghanaians home and abroadmust emulate the Nigerian approach of prioritising an agenda to invest in and support Ghanaian talent”.
So far over 6000 people have engaged with Stonebwoy’s post on Twitter has gathered more than 3700 retweets, 10,000 plus likes and thousands of comments. See his post below with some reaction from Tweeps.
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