Highlife musician Kofi B says the threats on his life over his campaign for fairness, transparency and equity in the distribution of royalties by the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) will not stop him from making sure the organization does the right thing.
Kofi Boakye Yiadom, as he was named, is one of the strong voices among other musicians calling on the interim Chairman of GHAMRO, Carlos Sekyi, and his team to account for royalties they collected on their behalf and to also explain why the board was still in office when the organization’s constitution allowed him to remain in office for a maximum of two years – which elapsed in May 2013.
“Tweeaa!!! These death threats will not stop me from making sure that Carlos Sekyi and the entire GHAMRO board render accounts to musicians in Ghana. I’m going to be louder than before on this issue,” Kofi B told NEWS-ONE.
Kofi B said he had reported the incident to the police and they have promised to look into the issue.
Kofi B received calls over the weekend from unknown persons threating him to stay away from GHAMRO issues or he would be murdered like Fennec Okyere.
Reports said GHAMRO executives have scheduled to hold elections around July, but Kofi B said, “That election won’t work. The interim GHAMRO board has not rendered accounts on the monies it has collected for the past three years. How can they hold elections?”
“The law does not permit Carlos Sekyi and his team to hold the GHAMRO position for more than two years but as it stands now, they are in their third year. We don’t need him there,” he added.
Carlos Sekyi has however remained adamant. Though an official request from the Attorney General through the Copyright Office has been made to GHAMRO, it has not rendered accounts of the monies it collected and how they were spent.
By Nii Ogbamey Tetteh (Email: [email protected], Twitter: @ogbameytetteh)