Abiana Would Not Have Qualified To Be A Judge On Mentor In My Time – Okraku Mantey
Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts And Culture, Mark Okraku Mantey has revealed that Abiana, Female Vocal Artist of the Year at the 22nd Vodafone Ghana Music Awards would not have qualified as a judge for Mentor (a music talent show organized by TV3) during his time.
He made this known during an interview on Peace FM monitored by Ghana’s Hub For Pop Culture & Urban Entertainment – www.nydjlive.com.
“Sometimes, one needs to examine himself/herself before passing some comments. Zapp Mallet, Sammy Helwani, KiDi, Kuami Eugene or Reggie Rockstone could have done the same thing and gone scot-free but for Abiana, people will definitely question her capabilities. I think that’s the reason for the outburst.” he said.
Referencing how people with a certain level of trajectory could cause change, Mark Okraku revealed how the board shelved itself from public attack after the introduction of certain individuals.
“Remember, VGMA had a lot of challenges in the beginning till Iyiola Ayoade decided to effect some changes on the board. He added some particular individuals and the attacks ceased all of a sudden because these people were so powerful. Their achievements were out there so you couldn’t just joke with them and it worked.”
Asked if Abiana would have qualified as a judge on the reality show during his time, Mark responded in the negative saying;
“I do not know why she was chosen for Mentor but …in my time, Abiana would not have qualified.”
Abiana came under heavy social media attacks recently when a video of her driving out a contestant on Mentor went viral.