Ghanaian highlife star Akwasi Opoku, popularly called Kwaisey Pee has said the pressures of fame is driving many celebrities, especially in the music industry to bankruptcy.
They are forced to live unsustainably expensive lives expected of them by their fans and followers.
Comparisons with artistes in the US and are often drawn by fans who expect same level of show off, forgetting the average American artiste earn millions more than their average Ghanaian musician.
Speaking on JoyFms drive time program, Kwaisey Pee Observed the situation is exacerbated by recent low patronage of highlife music. Many are moving to hiplife and radio presenters are even reluctant to play highlife music now.
What he doesn’t understand though is while Ghanaians shun their highlife, the country is actively promoting the same genre of music from Nigeria, “our own brothers, Nigerians are playing highlife music, especially when you listen to artiste like Tekno, Flava, J. Martins, they play highlife music, and highlife music is from Ghana, so why do we promote theirs and not ours?
When asked by host Lexis bill if he was broke, the highlife artiste did a bit of thinking, before answering “I am not broke, but I’m ok”.