Renowned Ghanaian filmmaker and producer Abraham Ohene-Djan has punched holes in stories that suggest Afrobeats belongs to Nigerians.
According to the seasoned cinematographer, Nigerians cannot be compared to Ghanaians in terms of music because we broke boundaries before they started digging for their talents.
He stressed that Nigerians were nowhere to be found as of the year Ghana was churning out great music and creating stars from the hiplife genre.
“I always said to people if you want to know about Nigerian music and Ghanaian music, go back to the 2000s and tell me who was big in Nigeria whereas in Ghana we had already established Lord Kenya, TicTac, Obrafour, Nananom, the hip-life genre was set in the 2000s,” he told host Giovani.
To substantiate his claims, Abraham Ohene-Djan mentioned TicTac (now Tic), Obrafour, and Hip Life Grandpapa Reggie Rockstone, as some of the hit makers back in the day while Nigerians did not have a single music star.
“In (the year) 2000, TicTac could refuse an artist from Nigeria for a collaboration. In his song Kangaroo, he refused to put DBanj on it. That’s how big TicTac was, he attracted MTV to come to Ghana to shoot a video for Kangaroo.”
The above examples, according to Abraham Ohene-Djan, are the reason why he believes the story of Afrobeat was wrongly told to favour Nigerians over the true owners, Ghanaians.
Source: Kwaku King Mensa|Accra|Ghana