The originator of the Global Blueprint Excellence Award, Kwame Fordjour, also known as Dr UN, has received accolades from Ghanaian singer and radio host Blakk Rasta, who firmly feels that his award programme is far superior to the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).
In an exclusive interview with GhanaWeb, the “Barack Obama,” crooner who confirmed being Dr. UN’s roommate at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), argued that, in contrast to the “corrupt” VGMA, which necessitates nominees to buy votes in order to win, Dr. UN, who has come under fire for organising a “fake” UN awards event, honoured important figures without charge. Blakk claimed that Dr UN’s affiliation with the United Nations was its major misstep.
“His awards will even be better than the VGMA which is a useless award. This VGMA is a useless award because people are voting. They are buying votes and that is corrupt… Dr UN was asked why he didn’t nominate me and he said Blakk Rasta was bigger than my awards…the point is this when VGMA is making their awards, you have to vote. When you vote, they give it to the highest bidder, the one who votes more.
He told Paula Amma Broni, a presenter at GhanaWeb.
“They are not even ashamed of it, they will ask you, ‘did you vote?’. You didn’t win and you are crying. So did you buy the awards? Dr UN didn’t do that, he just pinpointed people in the society he felt with his panelist that these people deserved this award and they awarded them, that is how an award system should go…I will prefer Dr UN’s award to VGMA any day,”
He emphasised once more that Dr. UN’s lighthearted demeanour makes it difficult for people to take him seriously, but that he is qualified to organise an award to recognise meritorious citizens of the country.
“What we have to do is support him so he does it properly another time. Because he made one mistake, we say cut him off. He had good intentions for the thing. According to what he said, he did it to honour Kofi Annan, as to whether he said the awards were UN awards, I do not know about that.
“I think that people should sit down with him and encourage him to do the right thing…now I think he has learnt his lessons and made a name, he doesn’t have to put UN in there…he never took a penny from the guys. He said somebody like D-Black wanted to pay him money,” Blakk added.
In the recent years, the Dr. UN has given awards to people including academics, diplomats, celebrities, and chiefs. After Abdul Karim Ibrahim, a journalist, began looking into his actions, his veracity was called into question.
Afterwards, disclaimers were published by the Kofi Annan Foundation and the United Nations