“My Mind Has Now Come Back Home”…. Wiyaala

…… After winning the ‘Artiste of the Year’ at the Ghana Arts and Culture Awards 2019

One of Ghana’s most unique musicians with a global appeal, Wiyaala, has expressed her joy and appreciation towards the organizers of the Ghana Arts and Culture Awards. She stated that for sometime now, she had given up on local awards because she thought her kind of music would never make it into a major category like the ‘Artiste of the Year’. She was therfore overwhelmed when she was announced as the winner of the ‘Artiste of the Year’ at the maiden edition of the Ghana Arts and Culture Awards which came off on Saturday 7th October at the Accra International Conference Centre.

It was an emotional night for musician Wiyaala after she picked up the award for the ‘Artiste of the Year’ at the Ghana Arts and Culture Awards 2019. In an exclusive interview with Shine Publications, she expressed her gratefulness to the awards scheme and encouraged other musicians and upcoming talents not to be discouraged and follow the norm, but remain true to their art since the Ghana Arts and Culture Awards is here. ” I never thought that I could have ever won the ‘Artiste of the Year’ in Ghana and I’m being very honest. G. A. C. A. just came and surprised me. The system in Ghana and with my kind of music, I never thought I would make it to this particular category. I even accepted within myself that I would never be in such a category, and that’s why I wasn’t bothered anymore with Awards in Ghana. But, this award has really brought me back home because it shows that Ghanaians are watching what I’m doing and there’s an award scheme that will appreciate the kind of music that I do. I am highly motivated and I believe that Ghana has got my back. This is also a huge motivation for any other artiste who wants to do music for the arts and culture but doesn’t know where the motivation will come from. Don’t be afraid because G. A. C. A. is here so let’s do this”, she explained.

The Ghana Arts and Culture Awards 2019 sought to honor and appreciate key players and brands who have contributed greatly to the Arts and Culture industry in Ghana. Other areas that were celebrated that evening where hospitality, film, poetry and fashion. There were important dignitaries present at the event namely the Executive Director for the National Commission on Culture Madam Edna Nyame, the Director of Operations for the Creative Arts Council of Ghana Frank Owusu, the Acting President of the Musicians Union of Ghana Bessa Simons and others. Though Wiyaala has received some awards from notable platforms like the Ghana Music Awards, this was the first time she won in the category of the ‘Artiste of the Year’.

By Jerry Wonder

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