Hip-life grandpapa Reggie Rockstone has hinted that the recent public reconciliation between dreaded dancehall enemies Shatta Wale and Samini is part of a project intended to ensure a peaceful election this year.
Rockstone told Adom News in an exclusive interview that “we all know how bad the Samini and Shatta Wale situation was but we thought this is an important year for them to bury the hatchet and now that they have we will use that to tell our politicians that if these two can then they also can.”
He said Samini and Wale’s reconciliation will form the basis of the theme for the peace project, which is “Leadership by Example”.
According to Rockstone, on the back of the Samini-Wale reconciliation, a selected group of top celebrities include VVIP, Sarkodie and others will be put together to embark on a peace walks across the country in the course of the year.
“We will use the occasion to bring the youth and our politicians to the realization that this is the only country we have and so no matter what happens in the election there must be peace,” he said.
Rockstone noted that the peace walks will culminate in massive peace jams in every region they find themselves in, to give the youth a chance to celebrate peace with their favorite celebrities.
“Ghanaians should also expect some peace songs and collaborations between Samini and Shatta to drive home the message,” he said.
He urged Ghanaians not to pretend that all is well, because the kind of intense politicking on the airwaves can translate into chaos if no conscious effort is made to ensure the sustenance of the peace in the country now.
“I have been watching CNN and I see what is happening in other African countries that took their peace for granted – I don’t want my country to show up on CNN for the wrong reasons so myself and my colleague celebrities are committed to securing the peace before, during and after the elections,” he said.
According to Rockstone, as part of the peace walks across the country, there would be a sanitation project, where the celebrities will get into the choked gutters and communities and embark of heavy clean up exercises.
“Myself and my colleagues at VVIP have already started the sanitation project in collaboration with Zoomlion and other waste management companies in the country and we have gone almost everywhere cleaning the country,” he said.
Rockstone said the sanitation project is intended to make cleaning waste hip and attractive to the youth, adding that a lot of young people join them because they get to take selfies with celebrities as they help clean the country.
Meanwhile, during the forum, Chairman of the Zoomlion and Jospong Groups, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, lauded Rockstone and his colleagues for composing a sanitation song and getting into the gutters to embark on sanitation exercises.
He was even more excited that Rockstone is leading celebrities to ensure the sustenance of peace in this election year, to ensure that after the elections, the environment would still be conducive for businesses to thrive and for the youth to get jobs to do.