Some refer to him as the king of rap and to others the god of rap, Michael Owusu Addo, well known for his stage name Sarkodie is among one of the very few celebrities who has received the great humiliation from the media and seasoned entertainment pundits like Mark Okraku Mantey.
Truly, there’s a hatred in some Ghanaians that makes most people serve as stumbling blocks to the successes some few people are determined to achieve for the glory of the nation and to themselves. The P.H.D ( Pull Him Down ) syndrome in the character of Mark Okraku Mantey is gradually turning into hatred.
Undoubtedly, this syndrome is highly exhibited in the character of Mark Okraku Mantey, who has consistently tried to criticize Sarkodie on countless number of times based on trivial issues for reasons only known to him!
Mark Okraku Mantey’s unrealistic criticisms which is purposely to defame the character of some hard working artistes in Ghana seems to be his hobby starting from TV3 Mentor reality show where he acted as a judge.
There has been reports circulating in the media about the willingness of the ace music producer Mark Okraku Mantey, planning to sue Sarkodie over the “Kokooko” remix tribute song aimed at paying respect to the late Daasebre Ahoɔfɛ Gyamenah which featured Akwaboah. According to Okraku Mantey, Daasebre Gyamenah composed the “kokooko” song at the time he was under his music management label called Slip Music, therefore, Sarkodie shoud have contacted him first before remixing the “Kokooko” track.
Although, in the matters of copyright, Mark Okraku Mantey is not far from right per the dictates of our laws. However, most Ghanaians particularly music lovers belief that, this tribute song should not be a major headache to Okraku Mantey to take it on since Sarkodie has never tried to monitize the song on any media platform. Meaning, the intentions of Sarkodie for remixing the Kokooko song was not in a bad motive.
Meanwhile, a person who claims to be Daasebre Gyamenah’s manager could not do any significant thing for the happiness of the ghost of the deceased musician provided ghost exist. Sarkodie was applauded by all music lovers and showbiz pundits except Okraku Mantey when he released the tribute song in the just ended Rapperholic Concert 2016 on December 25 in the rememberance of the good works of the late veteran musician.
Instead of using his platform to promote our artistes so they can compete with their Nigerian counterparts and the rest of the world, Mark Okraku Mantey thinks otherwise. The only thing he has specialised in doing is finding the least mistake by our artistes especially Sarkodie to criticize him from all angles.
With this attitude, how can our music industry grow and move to the desired height? From the day Sarkodie shot to fame, SarkNation and Ghanaian music lovers can’t understand why there’s so much hatred for Sarkodie from Okraku Mantey.
He seems not to be comfortable with the successes of the self-acclaimed African rap god. Meanwhile, the more he hates, Sarkodie keeps on winning.
I believe the whole world will be at the finger tips of Mark Okraku Mantey on the day Sarkodie will fade out from our music scene. However, as the saying goes, Who Jah bless…