The ‘Rapperholic Exhibition’ by Sarkodie is an eye-opener.

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In July of this year, Jay-Z, his label Roc-Nation, and the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) put together ‘Book of HOV’—a public exhibition honoring Jay-Z’s musical legacy—and it was undeniably one of the year’s biggest pop culture highlights.

I knew that if any Ghanaian musician was capable of replicating what the American superstar had done, it had to be Sarkodie!

It was only natural and majestic for Sarkodie’s musical legacy, which spans almost two decades, to be on display, given his critical acclaim, longevity, consistency, dominance, impact, and status as one of the most decorated acts of all time.

And, in an industry and country with no specialized museums for the creative industries and no ‘Walk of Fame’ notion, the Jay-Z-BPL model is the way to proceed.

Career History

Sarkodie’s career has been golden, and the successes he has achieved thus far are enough to luxuriate in and rejoice.

In a business where new ‘Kings’ are readily established and ‘old’ luminaries retire early, Sarkodie’s longevity and capacity to remain dominant, relevant, and ‘hungry’ deserve more attention.

It is important for the general public to receive a glimpse of such a brilliant legacy: the projects, abundance of awards, sold-out performances, charity efforts, noteworthy collaborations, and everything else that has defined the musician’s career thus far.

Solid Collaboration

Last week, Image Bureau, Aprils Communication, and National Theatre collaborated to present one of the year’s outstanding theatrical productions. This time, Sarkodie’s Sarkcess imprint has teamed with Eagle Plug and Mix Design Hub, two firms that created the first-ever “Rapperholic Exhibition.”

Clearly inspired by the ‘Book of HOV’ exhibition, Eagle Plug and Mix Design Hub chose the appropriate artist—one with far too many awards and accomplishments to list. They also planned it perfectly, only days before one of Ghana’s greatest performances, the 10th anniversary of the ‘Rapperholic Concert,’ suitably themed “Rapperholic: The Rebirth.”

The exhibition sponsored by the Mix Design Hub in Osu is only open for five days, which is acceptable given that it is arguably the first time this has been done in contemporary times, and there is also the issue of space.

Hopefully, such a spectacular exhibition will garner the necessary funding to ensure an expanded version or, more likely, relocation to a larger venue.

Outstanding Administration

The exhibition has been beautifully put together to reflect the artist’s individuality, and the energy and commitment of ‘SarkNatives’ to ensure its success by assisting with the process has been admirable.

First, there was a private session attended by certain high-profile figures, including business moguls Dr. Osei Kwame and Dr. Ofori Sarpong, as well as respected actress Nadia Buari and others. Surprisingly, the artiste’s husband and children were also present.

On Tuesday, the great Amakye Dede was also present for a tour and a performance. A Student Tour, a Fireside Chat, a Curators Dialogue, and a Podcast session are among the activities planned.

The show will be closed on December 16, 2023!

Way To Go

There are numerous Ghanaian artists that have worked, blazed the route, and established legacies that deserve to be properly showcased to the rest of the globe.

Sarkodie and his companions were inspired and ran with the idea, making it a success. The motion is easily replicable by others!

Creatives should not always rely on the government to take the lead. In our sector, anything is feasible to solve with the appropriate relationship, resources, and support.

The world’s largest venues, which host major entertainment events, are not owned by the government but by private organizations.

Private entities and accomplished commercial magnates, as well as these creatives, can capitalize on the government’s convivial climate and take significant moves in realizing various projects and initiatives.

Sarkodie, Eagle Plug, and Mix Design did not need government assistance to make this happen. Make your move!

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