Popular Ghanaian artist Gasmilla has complained about the ban Ghana Gaming Commission has placed on celebrities from endorsing betting companies.
The Gaming Commission placed a ban on Ghanaian celebrities from advertising or endorsing any betting company. According to Gasmilla, the ban has affected them.
“For me the first time I heard it I just understood why artists in Ghana are in this state they are in. It looks like the government has decided to make artists poor. It’s like an intentional thing they are doing to create poverty, to control the media or to control artistic people” Gasmilla said.
“You will tell a betting company not to sign an artiste in Ghana but then that same betting company can sign an artiste from Nigeria. So they are taking the money and our tax money to pay someone else in Nigeria where we do not get to benefit,” he said in an interview on Hitz FM which was monitored by The Chronicle.
He explained that he lost a deal with a betting company that planned on partnering with him to embark on developmental projects in some communities.
“I tried to work with somebody and he loved the things that I was doing within the community. He said he owns a betting company and I would like to put you in contact with the General Manager and see if you guys can do something because they also want to have activations in the community.”
“I said why not. If they are going to help the community and develop the community, that’s what I am for. Now the guy calls and he’s like we’ve been told by the government not to sponsor musicians. If you control what a man eats, you control him” Gasmilla added.