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Ghanaian Gospel musician Anita Afriyie has alleged that Charterhouse, organisers of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) attempted to collect GH¢10,000 from her in exchange for an award in 2015.

She claimed she was asked to pay the money to enable her win the award and that the awards given out to musicians are not only based on public voting.

Anita claimed a staff of Charter house called her on phone in 2015 asking her to pay for the gospel song of the year award saying he declined the offer.

Mr Quaye is reported to have said gospel musicians bribe their way through the VGMAs.

The ‘adehye mogya’ hit maker, who failed to mention the name of the Charterhouse’ staff, said she will only do so if the Public Relations Officer of Charterhouse, George Quaye mentions the name of the gospel musicians who have been bribing them for awards.

Speaking with host of Abusua FM’s Entertainment Austine Wood, an incensed Anita questioned the credibility of the VGMAs adding that the PRO of Charterhouse after disgracing the gospel fraternity has refused to show remorse for his unguided comment.

She said she will never pay bribe in exchange for an award and that she has other projects she can invest her money in.

Anita further alleged that the VGMA is freight with corruption asking why awards are always given to just a few gospel artistes when there are others with quality hit songs.

According to her, the staff of Charterhouse threatened not to give her the award if she refuses to pay the said amount saying the award was not given to her because she refused to pay the GH¢10,000.

‘I wonder why Charterhouse refuses to award gospel musicians whose songs have impacted society.The VGMAs are characterised with corruption, I can confidently say that staff of Charterhouse suggest to artistes to pay bribes for awards. I remember a staff of Charterhouse called me on phone in 2015 during the awards after I was nominated to pay GH¢10,000 in exchange for gospel song of the year, but I declined.

I will only mention the person’s name if George Quaye publicly mentions the gospel musicians who bribe their way through VGMAs. You have to believe what I am saying. I know what am talking about. I have the person’s telephone number, if it were to be George Quaye, I would have told the whole world, but it wasn’t him but another staff of Charterhouse,’ she claimed.

She called on Charterhouse to desist from taking bribes from artistes, saying until George Quaye mentions the bribe givers she will not submit her songs for future nominations.

By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM

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