Stonebwoy, the dancehall star, has written a 288-word scholarly article on Shatta Wale’s Ghana vs. Naija debate.
Responding to his colleague Shatta Wale, who had earlier urged Nigerians to show gratitude toward Ghana for their support, he reaffirmed his support for him.
“We were all Africans before we got separated into individual nations,” sings Ghanaian dancehall act.
“There is more that unites us than that divides us,” African history and migration studies confirm.
It’s no wonder that people from all over the continent share similar cultures and values, and this cross-pollination is evident in our music and sound, as he explained in a statement he posted to his social media pages.
Every nation in modern day Africa is uniquely gifted to contribute its quota to the overall status of Africa’s entertainment and creative arts scene because of the emergence of modern day nation states, he added.
For him, the only way to move forward was to rely on each other equally.
The sheer size of Nigeria’s population (among other things) has helped the country achieve many of the biggest milestones in the entertainment industry.
According to Stonebwoy’s essay, which has been widely circulated on social media, “our Nigerian brothers must therefore consider that with their great power comes the responsibility of helping to forge a united African front by deliberately allowing music from other African countries which pollinate Nigerian music to flourish on Nigerian platforms on local and international levels.”
He believes that “this approach will allow African sound to dominate world as one big family and as a global force… Stonebwoy”
That’s how we, the people of Africa, stand together.
“Mybrother Shatta Wale’s approach may be wrong, but the topic of our brother nation Nigeria not reciprocating the love and support it receives particularly from Ghana is valid and deserves critical attention,” he said when discussing Shatta Wale’s social media antics.
“In the meantime, as the saying goes, we must love our neighbors as we love ourselves,” he concluded (not more than we love ourselves).
As a result, Ghanaians both at home and abroad need to follow Nigeria’s lead by prioritizing the development of their own talent.
Stonebwoy’s post on Twitter has received over 6,000 reactions, including 3,700 retweets, 10,000 likes, and tens of thousands of comments.
His post is below, along with some responses from Twitter users.