Open Letter To BET…Can Africa Receive This Year’s Award On Your Main Stage Too?

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Sarkodie and Wizkid

Hello BET,

Africa is once again excited about the fact that you have decided to maintain our only slot in your numerous award categories—Best International Act (Africa).

Though we wish we had more than one category as we have far number of black people on our continent than America or Europe, we still think half a loaf is better than none.

I am not sure if the meaning of BET-Black Entertainment Television has changed yet. If it has not, won’t it be prudent to make sure you embrace the continent with the highest number of black people?

Oh no! I just remembered…You are business and you are more interested in profit than anything else…

Since African-Americans ‘pose’ to have greater purchasing power than those of us down here in Africa, I guess you will continue to fill them up in all the categories—and just sprinkle us over things so to create that sort of disproportionate sense of balance…Right?

Anyway, what will happen if you give the only category you have assigned to us a stage presentation during this year’s award ceremony?

Look, we may not have electricity all the time to watch television down here in Africa but last year, most of us rushed to the homes of the few people who could afford generators in order to be able to watch our Africa brothers walk up your stage to collect their plaques. But you failed to even mention their names on stage, let alone walk up there.

Even though we couldn’t understand the ‘fast English’ your people kept speaking, we endured the pain, hoping the sight of our brothers who travelled all the way to your far-away country would be worth the hustle.

Can you imagine how disappointed some of us were when we could not see our brothers on TV after walking nearly 2 miles just to have access to a television?

Come on, you couldn’t give the whole ‘continent of Africa’ just 2 minutes of your air time?

As I intentionally mentioned above, Africa is a continent and we will appreciate if you treat Africa as such. The last time I ‘confused’ a Ghanaian for Nigerian, I nearly got a slap…

We are not enemies but we are all unique in our own ways. Why do you continue to give two of our brothers the same award? Even if you wanted to do this with us, why didn’t you use Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj for the pilot project?

Despite the fact that 10 of our beautiful women can peacefully share one ‘ugly’ man, we like elitism and we would be grateful if you appreciate our talents independently.

We love to brag and you are not making this happen.  How can Ghanaians ‘show off’ and make Nigerians ‘feel small’ when you gave Sarkodie and Wizkid the same award?

Did you think they were twins? One likes Eba and the other loves Kenkey…

If you do not give our talents the respect and recognition they deserve on your main stage this year, count us out of your subsequent events.

We will just speak to our ‘Chinese brothers’ who are exploiting us down here to help us start our own version of BET Awards, and we will call it rBET Awards…The ‘r’ means REAL!

And you know how good these guys are!

I hope I will not have to write to you again next year…All the best and remember Africa is one big continent, not a country.

Thank You.



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Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, Founding Editor
Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri is the Founding Editor of GhanaCelebrities.Com , a Film Critic and a Human Rights Advocate; he holds 2 masters degrees in Law; International Human Rights Law (LL.M) and Legal Practice Course (LL.M) from University of Leicester and Nottingham Law School--and also a degree in Law (LL.B) from University of East London. He's a Professional Truth Sayer and he is the author of the popular eBook “Success is a Right, Not A Privilege.” He currently works at Fortwell Solicitors in London--where he uses his legal brains to kick real ass, for the good of clients and humanity. Contact: Vincent@topvincent.com

25 Comments

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  1. hahahahahahaha love it love it…” we may not have electricity all the time to watch television down here in Africa” rBET….LOL 😀 

  2. well yes as you said oo we do not have the spending power…African’s are stingy with the cash.  

  3. The team is Chelsea ,the colour is blue ,my blood is blue .
    I love Chelsea .
    Who wanna join me celebrate only Chelsea fans (:
    Lampard what a true legend

  4. Chris you will kill me but I will not die lol. Where do you get all these things from? this is what separate your blog from the many copying you out there. you have the mind and you write excellent with comic twist .

    On a serious note, if they don’t show us this year on the main stage, we should just tell them we are not interested in their backstage awards next time

  5. Hahahahahaah…..funny as hell,nicely written,come 2 tink of it,dey r discriminating against us o,if a white man did wat they are doing to us..they will start crying racism.why shud they give us the award backstage

  6. Hahahahhahaha.I can’t stop laughing. great piece of writing. That thing doesn’t make sense at all. If they don’t want us they should not even call us. Nikki and kim indeed. Hahaha

  7. hahahahahaaaa very unique letter, i used not to have time for letters but this one dieee it dey beee keke

  8. So much on point. Hope u not wasting your time on these cheap ass musicians who will not mind being humiliated just to pick up any awards from the back of a lorry. Chris kindly write another piece titled “open advice to my African Musicians” Good work!!

  9. LOL, very well written. drenched in sarcasm and it gets the point accross..

    its pathetic theyve been doing this for years. presenting our award in a secluded room

  10. Africa, stop your crying as if somebody owes you something. BET is an American founded and based company that became a successful business broadcasting to Americans. Let me let you in on a little secret: People go into business to make money. Africans are always crying and playing the role of victim. Perhaps, you should get you own damn television station.

    1. @Michael, there are numerous tv stations owned by Africans in Africa. This is 2013 and there are enough award shows.

    1. Either u are a damn ass racist or one of the weak ones who got captured as a f*cking Slave. U still working on a plantation? Smell the coffee.

      1. @PAUL, Plantation life and slavery no longer exist. You would know that once you obtain modern electricity. I didn’t mean to sound racist, I just wanted to improve relations by urging you people to stop acting like somebody owes you something. Remember this conversation started with your writer “asking” for something. Except the nice women with the large butts, most people don’t need anything from Africa. Perhaps we should come to a truce: I’ll wake up and smell the coffee if you remove the bone that is stuck up your rear!

  11. Plantation life and slavery no longer exist. You would know that once you obtain modern electricity. I didn’t mean to sound racist, I just wanted to improve relations by urging you people to stop acting like somebody owes you something. Remember this conversation started with your writer “asking” for something. Except the nice women with the large butts, most people don’t need anything from Africa. Perhaps we should come to a truce: I’ll wake up and smell the coffee if you loosen the bone that stuck up your rear!

    1. @Michael, Poor Coconut, white inside something else outside. Plantation life and slavery still exists, you need to be well educated to know this. Poor soul we know you kind. You just an illiterate with a plantation accent . Damn illiterate!

    2. @Michael, Poor soul we know your kind. You just an illiterate with a plantation accent . Damn illiterate!