The nominees list for the 2017 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards were released last week and there was one very notable absentee song – ‘Onaapo’.
Arguably the biggest political song in Ghanaian history, the Nacee composed song was so popular even its perceived opponents (the NPP) were dancing to it.
There is an argument to be made that it could even be the ‘song of the year’, but in the end it was not nominated at all for Ghana’s biggest music festival.
Nii Ayite Hammond, spokesperson for the VGMA Board, has revealed the reason for it and it seems kinda interesting, even if a little silly. According to Hammond, Onaapo simply missed out because it did not fit into any category.
“We are not sure which of the categories Onaapo will pass for”. Hammoned said on Abusua Fm.
“Yes it is a popular song as we all know how it’s become a household song, but [we] don’t know where to place it in the various categories,”
He added: “Indeed Onaapo is a popular song, but it doesn’t pass for dance hall, highlife or any of the other categories we have…So that’s the challenge with that song,”
So theoretically, any song can hit as much as it can but so long as it doesn’t fit some arbitrary categories, it’s not qualified to win an award? That doesn’t seem right.