Ghanaian singer Wiyaala has apologized to dancehall artist Shatta Wale for holding him responsible for an unfortunate occurrence that occurred to her on August 13, 2022, at the SummerStage Festival in New York.
After the concert, Wiyaala claimed on social media that Shatta Wale’s team prevented Vanessa L. Gubson, the borough president of The Bronx, from awarding her with a Citation of Honor.
The first performer at the event, the Lioness of Africa, claimed that she was told by the organizers that she would receive her Citation after the full performance but that she actually had to take it backstage.
She claimed she became enraged and rejected the citation after it was presented behind closed doors. She afterwards unfollowed Shatta Wale on Twitter.
Later, Mohammed Mardah, the head of the African Advisory Council to the Bronx Borough President’s office, apologized on Facebook for the error in the Citation presentation to Wiyaala at the SummerStage festival.
“I want to state categorically and emphatically that! The Bronx Borough President bears NO RESPONSIBILITY for what happened last night at Summerstage 2022. Shatta Wale bears NO RESPONSIBILITY for what happened at Summerstage 2022 in the Bronx.”
”That was MY fault. So, I am hereby rendering an unqualified apology to Wiyaala and her team,” he added.
The singer claims that the clarification she received from Shatta Wale and the assertion made by Mohammed Mardah were what ultimately led her to resolve the conflict and make peace with Shatta Wale.
“Mr Mohammed Mardah came out and wrote an apology letter to myself and my whole team, that it was his fault that the things went the way they went so he is taking responsibility for that,” she said in the video.
“From our camp, we say we have accepted the apology,” she added.
She mentioned that Shatta Wale also called her and said he knew nothing about the mishap and that if he did, he would even had gone backstage to help her solve the issue.
“…and on that note, I’ll say sorry to Shatta,”