It is increasingly becoming evident that some event organizers and promoters on the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) are losing it due to bad promotional plans and unwarranted treatment met out to some Ghanaian celebrities.
Just last week, reports surfaced of how rapper Joey B and actress Lydia Forson were almost locked up at their hotel in Kumasi for not paying up their hotel bills because the organizers of the event which they were supposed to attend had not turned up to pay their bills.
Last night (October 17 2015), I passed by the KNUST CCB Auditorium to witness E.L’s Bar Concert only to realize there was no show. Although scheduled to start at 7pm, nothing showed it would run when I earlier visited the venue around the time. I was then tempted to think the show will start later only to hover on campus and return later with still no single individual around.
Well, as it stands I’ve been trying to reach the organizer but no avail however, E.L has apologized to the people of Kumasi and explained why he had to cancel the show at the ninth hour.
In a series of tweets, he said;
“1)The management of EL & EL in his singular capacity wish to apologise to the general public of Kumasi for its cancelled BAR concert tonight
2)The call-off is as a result of an uncharacteristic behaviour put together by a woeful and dishonest promoter.
3)We agree we didn’t do enough due diligence to work with him. We are currently putting work together to commune a new date for the show.
4)EL is however in town to associate with his Kumasi family. Please accept our sincerest apologies Once again Kumasi.”
This turn of event just reminds of Ice Cube’s 2009 movie Janky Promoters. The movie talks about two shady concert promoters (Ice Cube, Mike Epps) get in over their heads when they try to organize a concert headlined by rapper Young Jeezy.
This post is not to spite event organizers on campus but a call on them to look smart as the few bad nuts will make it difficult for them to deal with other people moving forward. Some of us never saw the potential back on KNUST campus until we graduated and won’t allow anyone to mess it up.
KNUST remains a virgin market that can be heavily tapped.
Now a word of advise to event organizers, always consider the day and timing of your event. I mention this because there was another free musical concert on campus that saw Cabum, Lil Shaker, R2Bees and others perform so why pay GHC30 for E.L?
This is not to say E.L’s Bar Concert does not merit GHC30 but I mean just be smart if you want to be a successful business man.
Also, don’t think trending on Twitter about a programme means you will record the numbers. “You play too much” (In Nana Aba Anamoah’s voice, lol)