After the government discontinued their pursuit of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) deal that would have seen Ghana host the event for three years, Bulldog has stated that the move would have been a stupid one.
He stated that he simply did not see any sense for the country to dole out “taxpayers” money to foreigners to organise events here in Ghana.
It will be recalled that Ghana signed a three-year deal with the organisers of AFRIMA which would have given us the hosting rights for three years (2018, 2019 and 2020 editions).
But Ghanaians rebelled against the deal after it became public knowledge that the country was going to spend $4.5 million on the three events.
The government subsequently botched the deal.
Bulldog during a recent interview on Showbiz 927 on 3FM said the AFRIMA deal was a stupid one. He made this comments while reacting to the deal signed between the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) and Event Horizon Entertainment Limited for Ghana to host the Afro Nation concert for the next five years.
“It is stupid to collect taxpayers’ money and give to foreigners to do an event for us. We have event organisers here as well so if we want to do an event to encompass Africa [and sell Ghana], event organisers here can do it.”
He commended the Nana Akufo-Addo government for the Afro Nation deal.
“With Afro Nation, these are private investors and what the government did was smart and I’m sure they’ve learnt from all the noise we made about AFRIMA…,” Bulldog noted.
Bulldog, who currently manages Dancehall artiste Shatta Wale, quickly stated that if Ghanaians hear that “they’ve given them (Afro Nation) money, we go bore.”