In the last couple of days, highlife musician Kofi B is making the headlines and getting all the sympathy and attention from the public over some death threats issued to him by some unknown persons – but not everyone is impressed with the artiste and his claims.
A member of the Interim GHAMRO Board, Mark Okraku Mantey has questioned the validity of Kofi B’s story of receiving death threats on issues relating to GHAMRO. “Is this not the same Kofi B who came out to say he was attacked by armed robbers when in actual fact, he was not? We must take a critical view of the claims he is making about such threats,” he said on Peace FM’s ‘Entertainment Review’ when the issue came up for discussion.
Last year, news broke that the singer was attacked by thugs who meted out severe beatings on him, destroyed his car in the process and made away with some valuable items on him and also stole some items from the car.
Later, information made rounds that the armed robbery story could have been a fabricated one to serve as a publicity stunt for the artiste who has somehow struggled to make it after quite a while of not making another ‘hit’ song.
“I was at the Asante Akyem Hospital last week Thursday when I received a call from a person unknown to me. He (the caller) did not bother to mention his name when I asked him; he asked why I have taken the GHAMRO issue seriously. He (the caller) further went on to warn me to stay away from Carlos Sakyi and any issue concerning GHAMRO, or else I die like the way Fennec Okyere died,” he narrated the incident.
According to Kofi B, he has saved the number which the person used to call him on his phone. He will take action by lodging an official complaint at the Mile 7 Police Station. Though he has no idea who the person was, he believes the caller who threatened him is a close associate of Carlos Sakyi. “From the way the person spoke and threatened to end my life, I strongly believe he is close to Carlos Sakyi,” he made the accusation.
Asked if he has any altercation with Carlos, he responded by saying – no. However, the only issue he, as well as majority of Ghanaian musicians, have with Carlos, according to Kofi B, is his ineffectiveness in handling the GHAMRO office.
He narrated: “Carlos Sakyi has being acting as the interim CEO and Chairman of GHAMRO far more than the stipulated time. He should resign for us to elect a new CEO and a Chairman. He has, for long, not been able to establish any taskforce to oversee the collection of royalties.”
Kofi B is one of many musicians who have dragged Carlos Sakyi to court over the lack of reforms at GHAMRO.