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2018 VGMA: We are still in court with Shatta Wale – Charterhouse

Events outfit, Charterhouse, says it is still pursuing a case in court against dancehall artiste Shatta Wale, even though it has accepted him back into the Ghana Music Awards scheme.

According to the events outfit, it has not abandoned a defamation suit against Shatta Wale, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr.

Charterhouse announced on Saturday night at the Movënpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra that the dancehall act was back into the scheme of Ghana Music Awards, after it placed a ban on him for four years.

Shatta Wale, after winning the ‘Artiste of the Year’ at the 2014 edition of awards was blacklisted by the organisers, Charterhouse over series of attacks on the scheme and its Board.

The dancehall act had also attacked the events company and its CEO, Mr Iyiola Ayoade. In October 2014, the awards organisers sued the dancehall act GHc10 million for defamation.

Nii Ayite Hammond, who speaks for the VGMA Board, explained to Myjoyonline.com that Shatta Wale was not blacklisted because of the defamation suit.

According to him, the ‘Ayoo’ hit singer was banned from the awards for maligning the VGMA Board.

Mr Hammond noted that they decided to accept Shatta Wale back into the scheme after he fulfilled certain requirements.

He revealed that the dancehall act had on several platforms apologised for denigrating the awards and the board felt satisfied with the apologies, therefore, agreeing to nominate him.

Shatta Wale will face off with his Zylofon Media label mate Stonebwoy, the late Ebony, rapper Sarkodie, and winner of Artiste of the Year at the 2017 edition, Joe Mettle for the topmost award.

The awards night will be on April 14 at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).

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