After vira footage revealed that some areas of the Jubilee House had been used for filming a music video, Prosper Bani, the former chief of staff to John Dramani Mahama, entered recent events involving the presidency.
The American rapper Meek Mill, who recently visited President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo while visiting Ghana for a concert, posted the footage.
Prosper Bani characterized the incident as disappointing and regrettable, highlighting the fact that it was impossible for it to occur while his leadership due of the Jubilee House’s stringent security procedures.
He stated, “They should retain the seat of government as a secure area and that is how we managed the place under president John Dramani Mahama,” in an interview with Joy News on January 9.
“It was one that was dignified, one that had respect and you couldn’t come to the Flagstaff House when I was Chief of Staff to see the president in summer shorts, in T-shirts and not properly dressed to meet the highest office holder of the land,” he stressed.
“Secondly, there are some things you cannot perform within the space of the presidency and to make a musical video around sensitive spots around the presidency is rather unfortunate,” he said in reference to what visitors could and could not do.
He continued by saying that since the Flagstaff House was regarded as a security zone, all guests needed explicit permission and authorization to bring in phones, as well as any video recording devices or information on how they may use them.
Meek Mill, an American rapper, described the circumstances in which he shot video in and around the Jubilee House in three tweets on January 9, 2023.
When the rapper met President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in December 2022 while he was in town for the Afro Nation concert, the government had been under constant pressure to clarify how the rapper recorded video.
Mill issued an apology to the president and the people of Ghana for the way that a music video promo he had created had caused a stir and received a lot of negative feedback online.
He uploaded the footage on his Instagram reel before apologizing on Twitter.
“To the people of Ghana no video I drop is ever meant to disrespect the people of Ghana …. The fastest way to make connection is thru music and I wanted to do that with displaying art … im in my 30’s from America and didn’t know much about the lifestyle here,” His initial tweet of regret read.
He then apologized once more, this time to both the president and the people of Ghana:
“My apologies to the people if any disrespect! We still gonna push to make the connection between black people in America and Africa … what I’m trying to do is more than a video and you should see coming soon! My apologies to the the office also!” the post stated.