New Jersey-based sensational Ghanaian R&B singer Ded Buddy has singled out the Ghana Peace Campaign 2012 project as one that has the potential to help secure and sustain Ghana’s peace before, during and after the 2012 general elections.
Ded Buddy, now Qweci, who recently thrilled his audience with a breathtaking performance of his peace song ‘Soja’ at the Industry Awards ceremony of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards last month, was full of praise for the organizers of the Ghana Peace Campaign 2012 project, saying he completely agreed with the key message of the campaign – ‘peace now, everybody’s business’.
Qweci made this remark in a telephone interview from his base in New Jersey. He said Ghana was a very beautiful country of great people and it was extremely important that every effort was made to protect the peace of the country.
He stressed, “We simply cannot afford to be complacent with the peace of Ghana and must as such on a daily basis drum home the need for peace, especially in this very crucial year of elections.
“Whether we like it or not, once we have collectively chosen the path of democratic governance, elections will always be an integral part of our existence as a people and the earlier we came to terms with that as a people, the better for us. Elections from my point of view should rather unite us against the ills of our society, especially those things that affect the majority of our people including poverty, disease, unemployment, functional illiteracy and ignorance by voting leaders to find solutions to these challenges and not spilling blood”.
He urged the youth to focus their energies on things that would enhance their future but said; one sacred responsibility of every Ghanaian was to protect the country’s peace, saying whatever affected one directly affected all.
Qweci opined that as a musician, he even felt more burdened to play a major and significant role in this process and called on his fellow musicians to throw their support behind the Ghana Peace Campaign.
He hinted that although away from home, he had been closely monitoring events and had realized that the launch of the Ghana Peace Campaign which saw the gathering of some traditional, political, religious, security and political heavy weights had significantly calmed down the seeming tension which was mounting at very high speed.
Qweci expressed great confidence in the ability of the leaders of the campaign, saying that he knew for a fact that the coordinator of the project, Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa, was a Nonviolence and Peace Promotion award winner in the United States.
He stressed, “I felt so great the day I escorted a friend to the campuses of the University of Rhode Island here in the States and saw the name of a Ghanaian boldly engraved on the walls of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies as the first ever recipient of the Bruce W. Tancrell Memorial Award.
“I immediately contacted the office for Nana’s contact and that’s how I got to know this young man who has great passion for Ghana and doing great things and yet very humble. The likes of professionals like Kojo Frempong also give me great joy and that is why I have no doubt that Ghana Peace Campaign is the project that we must all support.”
He called on corporate Ghana not to sit aloof as their investments could not be guaranteed in a situation of violence and political turmoil. He also charged politicians to be responsible with their utterances.
By George Clifford Owusu