Senegalese singer based in America, Akon, who is currently in the country has shockingly revealed that his outfit, Konvict Music never made a penny or a dime out of Ghanaian rap prodigy, Sarkodie. Akon made this statement at a press conference in Accra, precisely Movenpick Hotel.
The “Lonely” crooner and multiple grammy award winner, Akon who is promoting his ‘Akonda’ Afrobeat album is currently in Ghana as part of the ‘Year of Return’ which has seen many African Diasporans in Ghana. In a press conference at the Movenpick Hotel in Accra, he stated that he will continue to promote and spearhead developments across Africa and also invest in artistes from Africa even though some of the artists whom he signed on to Konvict never yielded any profit for them especially Sarkodie.
Scores of people had reacted to some statements by Sarkodie and Akon, which sounded a bit contradictory, but with one fact, they were working hand in hand. At the event, he admitted that even though, the issue of whether Sarkodie had been signed to Konvict or not, the fact still remains that Konvict Music provided some sort of cushion or support to Sarkodie and other African artists like P- Square and Wiz Kid, but they never made a dime out of Sarkodie.
“It doesn’t matter, I am happy that he is where he is today. I think the success couldn’t happen even without the endorsement, so the key is to just appreciate what we’ve done for any artiste whether it is Sarkodie, P-Square or Wizkid…our job is to try to give and help people and expect nothing back in return. We never made a penny out of Sarkodie not one dime”
He further added that regardless of what is happening, he is always ready to help Sarkodie and any other African artiste so that they are well recognized. He therefore pledged his unending support for the BET award winner saying he views him (Sarkodie) like a brother.
“I love him like my brother…I will still till this day will continue to help him because my goal is to look at the bigger picture make sure that every African artiste is well recognized and our culture is being represented properly out there so people can want to be a part of our culture in the future. I love Sarkodie…he is my man”.
BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI