Mark Okraku-Mantey, the deputy tourism and creative arts minister, has come under fire from Charles Nii Armah Mensah, better known as Shatta Wale, who has made a number of accusations against him.
The self-proclaimed “Dancehall King” alleged, among other things, that the Deputy Minister had excluded him from a number of business prospects and that he frequently painted him negatively in front of international investors.
On the October 6 episode of Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana, a fiery Shatta Wale claimed that for years Mr. Okraku-Mantey, along with people like Andy Dosty and other people he referred to as “business gatekeepers,” had been able to close the door to some of his sources of income.
Shatta emphasised how he believed these people would go to great lengths to see him fail and how he would have missed out on a great opportunity if his project with Beyonce had gone via them.
“Things won’t go well for him if he doesn’t stop this habit of ignoring me. He and other gatekeepers in the industry have been ignoring me for years. I lose my mind when I see Mark Okraku-Mantey preventing me from playing performances. They make the decisions regarding our treatment. For instance, I wouldn’t have had that functionality if Beyoncé had made the error of going to Mark or even Andy Dosty. He raged, “They’ll tell her I’m an armed robber.