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.
When a Ghanaian blogger stated that the president was the object of the uproar rather than him specifically, he described how he obtained the video.
“I don’t think they knew it was video footage when we asked to shoot its a small camera and one kid … in America we didn’t know this existed and was excited to show because they don’t show Ghana on our media much! So I’ll take responsibility for my mistake! Not intentional,” he added.
In the film, the rapper can be seen rapping in many locations within the presidency, including the facade, key hallways, the main conference hall (at a spot just behind the presidential podium), and a sitting area.
Users of social media are outraged about what they see as the almost degradation of the presidency, citing ethical and security concerns.
Major Twitter influencers in particular have drawn criticism from the public for allowing the government to film in such sensitive locations for a music video.
It should be mentioned that a small number of individuals are defending it by saying it is not a huge problem.