It is barely three years since the infamous ‘UN Awards’ were held, where a number of top Ghanaian celebrities and personalities, including musician and businessman Desmond Kwesi Blackmore, well-known as D-Black, were ‘honoured’.
The award scheme, known as the Global Blueprint Excellence Award, a brainchild of one Kwame Owusu Fordjour, popularly known as Dr. UN, eventually turned out to be a scam.
Years on, D-Black is still in disbelief that he fell prey to such a scheme for which he was trolled on social media.
Speaking to Amelley Djosu on Joy Prime’s Celeb Biz Saturday, the ‘Enjoyment Minister’ described the incident as ‘incredibly stupid.’
According to D-Black, for the 11 years he started building his conglomerate, he managed to stay clear of drama. But all of that changed when two unexpected scandals hit him, with the fake UN Award crowning it all.
“I haven’t had drama in the first 11 years of my career. It was always the music, but these two happened back-to-back, and the Dr. UN one was incredibly stupid. I can’t believe I fell for that nonsense. If you saw the email, you would have fallen for it. Very well written,” he said.
The Afrobeat musician laughed at himself as he remembered his initial excitement. He had always been passionate about his music, and the idea of receiving recognition for his hard work may have been too tempting to resist.
The Black Avenue CEO revealed that he nearly went to the award ceremony with his mother but had to drop the idea and attend the event with his team members.
D-Black appears not to be bothered by the events of the past. He is of the firm belief that they are minor setbacks that are incapable of derailing his plans.
However, the ‘Dr. UN’ Award may have become a cautionary tale in the entertainment industry, reminding everyone that not everything that glitters is gold and that sometimes even the most well-organised award schemes can lead to the most absurd and unexpected adventures.
Aside from D.Black, the other artiste that fell for the scam was Sarkodie. Even the then Vice Chancellor of Ghana’s premier university, the University of Ghana, was a victim.
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