Ghanaian highlife artiste, Amandzeba, has revealed he once turned down an offer to become a deputy minister.
According to the ‘Wogbejeke’ singer during the tenure of former President John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills, he was approached to serve as Deputy Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture but he declined.
“Just when Atta Mills came to office, they wanted me to become the Deputy Minister of Culture. I told them hell no,” he told the media.
He said he declined the offer because he could not stand incidents of conflict of interest for being a minister and an artiste.
“You are a minister; you are a very good artiste. Programmes come from outside. They want somebody to go and perform and everybody thinks I am the right person to go – do you know the tongues that would lash at me?” he said.
He cited that the reason Senegalese musician and one-time Minister of Tourism and Culture in Senegal, Youssou N’Dour, left politics was that he did not want to leave his music trade.
Amandzeba added that people were dying to be popular but he believes in pedigree than popularity.
He would rather want to impact society with the knowledge he has than just go after things that would make him popular.
Amandzeba who portrays the rich African culture through his personality, craft, artistry and music will be performing at the Music of Ghanaian Origin (MOGO) on March 23, 2019 at the National Theatre.
This year’s MOGO will also feature Kwabena Kwabena, Cina Soul, Kofi B, Bessa Simon, KK Kabobo, Adane Best, Akwaboah and Kwan Pa band.
The rate is 120 cedis.