Award-winning dancehall musician, Shatta Wale, born, Charles Nii Armah Mensah has a huge following on social media due to the love for his fans and his outspoken nature which make many people see him as a ‘crusader’ in the music industry.
The “Ayoo” hit maker has made a name for himself in the world of music in Ghana and beyond. He is well-respected by many other artistes in Ghana and around the globe.
Many people attribute controversy to the musician while others hail him for his impeccable boldness and fierce approach to solving issues related to the Ghana Music Industry.
Shatta Wale is involved with long-time girlfriend, Diamond Michelle Gbagonah better known as Shatta Michy. The couple have a son together known as Majesty.
Today, YEN.com.gh brings you 5 times the dancehall artiste made headlines in Ghana this year with some controversies he was involved in.
1. Cocaine Saga in America
Shatta Wale was accused of possessing cocaine in his car when a video went viral on social media of the artiste stepping on some ‘whitish’ substance. Many people took to social media after the video was seen and made a whole lot of noise about it. What made many people suspicious about the substance was that it appeared Shatta Wale was trying to hide it under his feet
The musician however in a live video, came out to clear the air on the matter and revealed that the whitish substance was not hard drugs but rather, a fork in a rubber that was given to them at a restaurant.
2. Slapping his bodyguard on stage
Shatta Wale made headlines at the last S Concert organized by Bola Ray’s EIB Network at the Accra Sports Stadium. During his performance, the musician gave one of his bodyguards a hefty slap which was caught on video and went viral.
Many people ‘attacked’ the musician for his action but he came out with many explanations as to why the slap was necessary. At a point, he indicated that it was a stage act; an explanation many Ghanaians did not ‘buy’. Days after the incident, he is purported to have purchased a motorbike for the ‘slapped’ bodyguard.
3. When he was allegedly caught in bed with Afia Odo
In yet another visit to the United States of America, a picture of the musician and actress Afia Odo went viral on social media and got many people asking questions. In the picture, it appeared that dancehall artiste had been involved with the actress.
The “Dancehall Commando” song maker however came out to debunk the rumors and cleared the air on the matter. He revealed that nothing untoward had gone on between himself and the beautiful actress.
4. Wizkid Beef
Shatta Wale made some comments about Nigerian musician, Wizkid, born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun which did not sit down well with ardent fans of the “Daddy Yo” hit maker. A social media war between Ghana and Nigeria ensued and it sent a lot of people talking on social media.
The incident drew a lot of attention from many big names in the entertainment industry in both Ghana and Nigeria including Timaya.
5. Twitter altercation with Samini
It is reported that Shatta Wale and Samini are not the best of friends in the music industry. Sometime this year, Bola Ray met with the two artistes to facilitate the smoking of a peace pipe between them. However, during the row between Shatta Wale and some Nigerian fans over comments he made about Wizkid, Samini took a swipe at the “Low Tempo” hit maker which sparked another ‘social media battle’ between the two. They took it out on themselves by throwing ‘wordy’ jabs at each other on Twitter.
After his invitation to the Flagstaff House, Samini and other musicians also requested same but later, Samini backtracked on his request saying he was only joking. Shatta Wale took to Twitter with this message to the “My Own singer, “A joke to the president wow r u DKB...My tweet to meet President Akufo-Addo was a Joke – Samini.”
6. Firing a gun in a live video
During the period in which he was involved in the Wizkid ‘superstar’ fracas, the musician was one time seen firing live rounds from a gun and recorded himself on tape while he was at it. Many people who saw the video attributed it to the social media war he had started with some Nigerians. He had earlier threatened to ‘worry’ Nigerian acts should they come to Ghana; making this action a direct relation to his comment as was alleged by many.
However when he was questioned about it, he indicated that the gun he fired was a ploy to scare armed robbers from his neighborhood.
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