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Gregory Nii Bortey Newman, better known as King Promise, has said he was disappointed over his inability to pick an award at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2023 last Saturday (7 May).
During an interview, King Promise spoke of the challenges of receiving international awards but not being able to replicate this success in his home country. He pointed out that there haven’t been issues between himself and the board. Otherwise, he won’t have given that incredible performance last weekend.
The rants continued saying that; “Honestly, I don’t know what the problem is. I don’t know why I haven’t been receiving awards after nominations on VGMA. I don’t know if it’s because I don’t know anybody on the board, sincerely we’re trying to push Ghana music to the world, but you come back home and you are not supported.”
King Promise believes that his international laurels should reflect in his home country because its absence puts a shadow on all other things. “I’m Ghanaian. When I travel, do tours or stuff, it’s very big and even win awards like Best African Artiste in Nigeria and nominated for the mobiles and stuff. And then when you come back home, it’s kind of funny. If you are taking it to the world, you have to own your land as well”.
The Slow Down hitmaker promises to get to the bottom of the issue. He hopes to analyze himself and the system to solve why the awards have stopped coming despite the numerous nominations. At the just ended VGMA23, King Promise received four nominations, including a nomination in the Artiste of the Year category.
King Promise concluded saying “I don’t know if it’s me or it’s the system or whatever. Maybe people think that I’m not close to a lot of people. I’m always in my corner. I don’t know if that’s the issue. Still looking for what the issue is because even me, myself, I don’t know,”.