Ghanaian singer, KiDi, has recently expressed his frustration with the constant comparison between Nigerian and Ghanaian music industries.
He thinks it’s disappointing and counterproductive for Ghanaians to constantly complain on social media about how great Nigeria’s music business is doing.
KiDi asserted unequivocally that just because Nigerian musicians are gaining global and local success does not imply that Ghana’s music industry is falling behind.
Speaking with Pulse Ghana, the singer said “As a people, I want us to dead this conversation and comparison spirit, It’s embracing and empathetic. We are always crying on the internet about Ghana and Nigerian, stop it it’s embarrassing”.
“A lot of you sound bitter, like someone is doing something better and we can not big someone up without bring someone down. It should never be this way”.
The ‘Girl dem sugar’ believed that both industries had strengths and promise and that they should be recognized for their distinct contributions.
KiDi called for a more proactive approach rather than constant comparisons. He advised Ghanaians to study and learn from Nigeria’s success story by studying the aspects that have contributed to the expansion of the Nigerian music industry, which Ghana may integrate to further enhance its music scene.
“Somebody’s life is at chapter 30 and your life is at chapter 5 and you want to compare yourself with them. When someone is doing something good, big them up and learn how they got there and what they did to get to where they are and apply that in your own unique way”.
The singer emphasized the need for a robust framework within the Ghanaian music industry. Establishing the necessary structures and support systems will help local artists reach greater heights and achieve international recognition.
“Let’s focus on ourselves and the stuff we have to do. We have to build structures. Every time someone on podcasts, go on the internet and start complaining about what someone has done or not. Please it’s embarrassing, stop it.”
KiDi also passionately called on Ghanaians to rally behind their artists and offer unwavering support. By supporting homegrown talent and staying loyal to their artists, Ghanaians can foster an environment that nurtures creativity and innovation within the industry.
“Life is not a race, a few people have ambition and are working hard. It probably won’t show today, but in a few years it will show. Just keep supporting and stick with us and eventually we will get there.”
KiDi tells his fellow musicians to focus on self-improvement and artistic development. He pushes them to constantly develop their art and lay a firm foundation, guaranteeing that when their time comes to shine, they will fascinate rather than disappoint their followers.
In conclusion, KiDi believes that Ghanaian music has its own unique beauty and potential, and that it is time for Ghanaians to celebrate their accomplishments and collaborate to make their industry shine brighter on the global stage.