Charterhouse, Organizers of Ghana’s most prestigious music awards scheme, Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) has disassociated itself from bribery allegations leveled against Gospel musicians by it’s Public Relations Officer, George Quaye.
In a press briefing held in Accra on Friday February 10 2017, Executive Director of Charterhouse, Mrs. Theresah Ayoade stated that the bribery allegations against Gospel musicians made by George Quaye were not authorized by the board neither were they statements made by the board.
“We first of all wish to categorically state that statements made by Mr. George Quaye which made the media rounds over the past week are not statements made by the board. He was not authorized by the board nor acting as spokesperson of the board when he made those statements but rather he made those statements in his personal capacity as a TV show host. The board therefore disassociates itself from those statements. Regarding the content of what he said which makes referral to this scheme, the board cannot verify the statement he made so to as, they are untenable therefore as far as the world is concerned, there is no bribery issue from the Gospel music community or any other persons for that matter..”
In January 2017, George Quaye, on the award-wining TV show, ‘Pundits’, stated emphatically that, the most offers of bribe that come to him as an Executive of the scheme – are from gospel artists. These allegations were met with bitter spills from the Gospel music fraternity who criticized George and asked that he mentions names of the culprits.
Nii Ayi Hammond and Mark Okraku-Mantey have since been appointed to speak on behalf of the board. However George remains the official spokesperson for Charterhouse and the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.