An alumni of the Akim Oda High School, Eugene Kwame Marfo, popularly known as ‘Kuami Eugene’ has added his voice to the ongoing viral social media campaign, dubbed: #FixTheCountryNow.
Speaking in an interview on Accra-based Starr FM, the 2020 VGMA artiste of the year essentially argued that in as much government has a role to play in developing the country, citizens must also fix themselves before proceeding to mount pressure on the President.
Hashtagged, #FixTheCountryNow, the trending social media campaign has been a potpourri of lamentations from citizens about the various challenges that impede development in the country; with calls for the government to promptly address the litany of challenges.
Social media users who have joined the campaign have bemoaned challenges such as dumsor, unemployment, hike in fuel prices, corruption, bribery, deplorable state of roads, lack of access to potable drinking water, failing educational system, depreciation of the cedi, political intolerance, economic stagnation, filth, insecurity, and a host of other pertinent challenges that throw citizens into anxiety.
But the ‘Open Gate’ hit maker believes that regarding the development of the country, the greater onus lie on citizens, and not necessarily the government of the day. He therefore charged citizens to make conscious efforts at fixing themselves ‘mentally’, before descending on the President.
Kuami Eugene’s stance on the viral protest has triggered an avalanche of backslashing on the highlife icon; with many expressing disappointments in the musician’s position on the matter. For them, his stance is a revelation of his immaturity and childish appreciation of hardcore issues of national interest.
Some of the critics who descended on Kuami Eugene also accused him of being compromised by the NPP government, reason for which he has developed cold feet in criticising the regime; citing his controversial ‘Happy Day’ track which he did with Sarkodie in the run-up to the 2020 general election.
Former TV3 news anchor, Bridget Otoo, in expressing her revulsion at Kuami Eugene’s stance tweeted and said ‘the nerve of ignornace’; in response to the artiste’s comments. Bridget Otoo has also lashed out at other celebrities who have gone mute on the ongoing discourse.
But in a related development, controversial showbiz icon, Afia Schwarzenegger and other notable names in the entertainment arena such as Reggie Rockstone have argued along Kuami Eugene’s reasoning. For them, citizens must also revise their attitudes and sanitise their conducts to facilitate the country’s march to progress.
Meanwhile, a planned street protest which was scheduled for Sunday, 9th May in respect of the #FixTheCountryNow campaign appears to be in limbo following a restraining order by the High Court, halting the protest. Some organisers of the protest have however expressed their resolve to proceed with the demonstration despite the orders of the Court.