Ricky Nana Agyeman (Bullet) did an “amazing job” managing late Ghanaian artiste, Ebony, says Richie Mensah, founder of Lynx Entertainment.
Mensah’s comment comes in the wake of suggestions that the former did a poor job.
Agyeman and Nana Opoku Kwarteng, father of the late ‘Sponsor’ artiste have had a public back and forth about the finances and the management of Ebony.
In an interview, Kwarteng accused Agyeman of handing him only a small percentage of money accrued from the concert held in Ebony’s honour.
The latter also accused the former of being a greedy person, who is not appreciative of even getting more than he deserves.
“Bullet has done an amazing job. From Ebony to Brella, to Danny Beatz and what he’s doing with Wendy Shay, he’s done an amazing job as a manager. One thing we have to understand is, married couples divorce, best friends split up, so I don’t know why when artistes and managers break up, the whole world wants to act like it’s the biggest news in the world,” stated Mensah to Hitz FM’s Noella Kharyne Yalley.
“Can you imagine a new story about every break-up? That will be a lot of news. So if you see an artiste and a manager break up, it means they couldn’t see eye-to-eye anymore and they went their separate ways. It’s as simple as that.”
Watch interview below.
Ebony courted a lot of controversy with her actions and inactions when she was alive.
Her dressing and stage performances especially was a sore point for critics, and some watchers of the music industry in Ghana.
In July 2017, her dad was forced to defend her daughter in an interview with Graphic Showbiz.
“I am supportive of anything my daughter does and anything she wears. I am not ashamed as a father, the truth is that, I choose what she wears and I bless her before she goes out to perform. Some Ghanaians are hypocrites and I am sorry but I am not one of them,” explained Mr. Kwarteng.
“I am not bothered at all. The reason is simple, I know my daughter than anyone else. What people see out there is what we want them to see and that is because she is an artiste and needs a brand that will sell. For God’s sake, she is a Dancehall artiste and she wears what will make her feel confident when performing on stage. Something that will depict the genre of music and songs she churns outs.”
He shared his thoughts on the the perception that his daughter is “bad” girl.
“My daughter is not a bad girl, she is very calm, loving and a respectful person. Whatever she does on stage ends there. She is a different person when she gets home.”
He also spoke about the relationship between himself and his “girl as I usually call her is close to my heart.”
“We are so close that I gave her the go ahead when she told me she wanted to do music. Initially I questioned her decision because, she is a very intelligent girl and was doing extremely well in school and every parent will want his or her child to get to the top of the highest academic ladder. But she insisted music was what she wanted to do. Music is where her heart is and I gave her my blessings. I couldn’t have stopped her because these children are smart.”
Born Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng, her song ‘Kupe’ helped her gain mainstream attention in the Ghanaian music industry.
She snagged two 2017 Ghana Music Awards, and won the ultimate – ‘Artiste of the Year’ at the 2018 ediiton of the awards scheme.
Ebony was signed to Rufftown Records.