Dancehall artiste Stonebwoy says he is content with congratulatory messages he has received from Ghanaians and colleagues and does not need one from Shatta Wale.
While many believe that Shatta Wale should put his differences with Stonebwoy aside and congratulate him on his nomination for the 2017 edition of Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards, latter says he should save it.
The ‘Go Higher’ hit singer will be competing with Wizkid (Nigeria), Davido (Nigeria), Tekno (Nigeria), AKA (South Africa), Nasty C (South Africa), Mr Eazi (Nigeria), and Babes Wodumo (South Africa) for the award this year.
After winning the award at the 2015 edition, Stonebwoy expressed worry in a post on Instagram that Ghana received only a nomination in this year’s awards while Nigeria and South Africa have four and three nominations respectively because of the lack of unity in the industry.
Shortly after the nominees were announced, several persons took to social media platforms to troll Shatta Wale for missing out on the awards again this year.
Shatta Wale reacting to the nominations said he was not worried about missing out. In a series of posts on Twitter and Facebook, he urged his fans not to be upset about the development.
“I dont want any fan of mine to feel bad about any BET…My skin is too strong now for such Nkwasias3m from this educated fools in our industry..” he said.
His comments received widespread condemnation from pundits and the general public who believed that Shatta Wale could have at least, put their differences aside and congratulated Stonebwoy.
Speaking in an interview on Cosmopolitan Mix on Joy FM with Doreen Andoh, Stonebwoy revealed that “a lot of people sent in tweets… a number of people posted it up…” but he does not need a congratulatory message from Shatta Wale.
Touching disunity in the industry, the dancehall act explained that, “We don’t have to be friends but we should also remember that we are doing the same business so if we can. On the professional side of things, all things come together to make it work – the rumours, the fights but how professional are we about that?”
“At a point like this, I feel so happy and elated but I’m not filled with pride…” he said.
In the spirit of fostering unity, the ‘Baafira’ hit singer said he called Shatta Wale on stage at the 4Syte Music Video awards. “Who does that. You have to be a pro to do that. You have to let aside all other things to lead.”
Stonebwoy tapped his chest and stressed that he is the first ever African artiste to win BETAward and any attempt to “disregard it as much as you can, only shows you are envious. That only shows how weak you are because that is what I faced over the time and I decided to keep mute about it and smile.”