The interim management committee chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), Rex Omar, has strongly refuted the claims made by veteran highlife musician Akosua Agyapong that GHAMRO neglected the late Kwadwo Akwaboah, popularly known as Akwaboah Snr.
Rex Omar expressed his shock and called Akosua “the biggest liar” for keeping silent until after the death of the legendary musician.
“Why did she wait until the man died before she spoke up? Akosua is the biggest liar!” he exclaimed
Akosua Agyapong had accused GHAMRO’s executives of cheating and ignoring musicians in need, and diverting a large portion of their royalties for their own benefit, in an interview with Tony Best on Akoma FM’s Entertainment 360 on Saturday, May 20.
She specifically mentioned Kwadwo Akwaboah’s case, saying that he had told her before he died that he had only received GH¢250 in royalties, which she considered to be evidence of cheating.
However, Rex Omar vehemently denied Akosua’s allegations, saying that there were no records to support her claims in their welfare books.
He stressed that Kwadwo Akwaboah was a proud man who would never have made such accusations.
“He never said anything like that to anyone. Kwadwo was a very proud man. We have no such records in our welfare books,” he argued
According to Rex Omar, who is also known for his song ‘Abiba’, Akwaboah Snr had only asked for assistance from GHAMRO once during his illness, and it was for transportation to the hospital to see his doctor. He added that the money was paid directly to the hospital and not to Kwadwo himself.
“We took him to the hospital in our vehicle to meet his doctor and paid the money to the hospital. We have records to prove this,” he revealed
Rex Omar expressed his displeasure and questioned why Akosua had suddenly become Kwadwo’s spokesperson after his death. He urged her to stop spreading false stories and let the deceased rest in peace.
“She should shut up with her false stories and let the man rest in peace. She has become his spokesperson all of a sudden?” he added.
Akosua Agyapong has sworn to prevent GHAMRO executives from attending the One-Week Observation, which will take place on Tuesday, May 30 in Kwadwo Akwaboah’s hometown of Trede in the Ashanti Region. It remains unclear whether there will be a confrontation between her and the GHAMRO executives.
The Ghanaian entertainment industry was saddened by the news of Akwaboah Snr’s death on May 16. He was the father of renowned singer Akwaboah Jnr and was famous for his songs Awerekyekyere, Odo Bra (W’akye3), Opintin, Adesre and many others.