Shatta Wale has expressed his frustration with the National Sports Authority for granting the Accra Sports Stadium to Stonebwoy while he had also scheduled an event there, which was laced with sarcasm and a touch of intense annoyance.
In a somewhat insincere manner, he bantered that Stonebwoy and the president’s daughter, whom he accused of organizing this situation, could have the entire stadium for themselves if they desired.
The Shatta Movement boss during his Facebook live session said he is ready to host his event in either the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi, or the Northern regional capital, Tamale, hence, he is not overly concerned about how the situation unfolds.
“That’s a very foolish decision. If I see the president’s daughter, I will tell her to her face that it’s a foolish decision because she didn’t ask questions. That’s not your field. I don’t know the kind of job you do but you’re not a musician. You can’t make this decision in this music world. What do you mean?”, he said.
“The country is not for anybody; we’re all citizens. Maybe we will take the show to Tamale or Kumasi. They can carry the stadium and run with it. When they’re done let them prepare stew with the stadium. When they’re done, they should cut the gate into pieces and use it for salad. The pole, they should use as a toothpick.
“They can take the stadium. Stonebwoy can chew the stadium after his show. When he’s done, he should use the grass to bake bread and take a shit on the pitch. When they’re done, they should use the chair as gym equipment. We don’t care. What I want to do at the stadium, I’ve done it”.Shatta Wale
Shatta Wale and Medikal had previously announced plans for their annual Freedom Wave Festival, scheduled to run from December 20 to 25, 2023. The festival’s activities, as outlined in a flyer released on September 7, 2023, included the arrival of regional fan bases on December 20, an exhibition of Shatta Movement merchandise on the 21st, a pre-concert featuring new artists on the 22nd, industry prayers on the 23rd, artist dress rehearsals on the 24th, and the climax of the festival on the 25th.
However, Stonebwoy on September 16 also released the flyer for his Bhim Concert to be held at the Accra Sports Stadium on 22nd December. This thrilled conversation with many people wondering how both artists would have their respective events at the same venue on the same day.
Addressing the issue, Shatta Wale said his team was prepared to pay the amount for booking but authorities were not forthcoming only to find out Stonebwoy had booked the venue although he (Shatta Wale) was the first to have contacted the authorities and released his program outline.
NSA breaks silence on Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy saga
The Director-General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Prof. Peter Twumasi stated that none of Stonebwoy nor Shatta Wale has booked the Accra Sports Stadium for a concert yet.
His comment comes on the back of Shatta Wale’s claim that he has been told Stonebwoy will do his show this year and his own will have to be done next year due to the clash of the dates for the same venue.
According to him, both artists are still in the process of getting the contract signed for the stadium to be used for a concert but nothing has been decided yet as to who gets the contract.
“If the sports authority is helping them and they are creating problems for me? The two of them, none of them has a contract with us [Natioanal Sports Authority]. We are just helping to support their industry. We are yet to sign a contract, so don’t bother too much. For now, they are going through the process of getting the contract with the NSA, it’s not even done yet”, he said.
“If you write a letter and request for a space then we will look at it and see whether we can offer you or not but we don’t have authority over what we can offer and what we cannot. We are thinking that stadium is a multi-purpose in use and over the years we have been accommodating them [artists] bit by bit so it shouldn’t create any controversies unless they are just using it to promote their shows”.Prof. Peter Twumasi