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Hosting VGMA was on my bucket list, says Edem

In an interview with Elvis Crystal and Keely Jade Brewer on 995 Rush Hour, the artiste said he has been dreaming of hosting the event since 2016

Ghanaian composer and musician Edem made it public his dream to host the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) six years ago, and made it a reality in 2022.

“In 2016, I tweeted that I would want to host the VGMAs; then, in 2022, Charter House contacted me and asked if I wanted to host the VGMAs, and I saw it as an opportunity,” he told Asaase Radio.

In an interview with Elvis Crystal and Keely Jade Brewer on 995 Rush Hour, the singer said, “When I accepted the offer from VGMAs, I didn’t remember my tweet in 2016, someone called up the post and it got my attention, then I remembered I tweeted it years ago.”

That, according to him, was the most profound thing he had ever experienced.

“It makes me believe that everything that you really wanna do will come to past. It is just a matter of time because between 2016 and now it’s been a minute,” Edem said.

Preparation process

Addressing how he managed to host such a massive event for the first time, he explained that “I was taken through very routine reading of what has to be done, and where I was supposed to tackle.”

He added: “So my main role as the host was to handle more of things that I had to do directly with artiste announcement and anything pertaining to the artiste, anchors into me having the same connections as having the same background of an artiste but in a different capacity.”

Edem said it was a learning curve for him, adding the opportunity was a “humbling experience because I knew it was a platform for big names.”

“In 2016 I felt I had some inherent abilities I wanted to explore. I wanted to use this opportunity to be able to use the platform to learn and also use it to introduce the new trajectory that I have as an artiste.

“Each time I go backstage, I was reliving my 2016 tweet so I come back on stage with a big smile. The whole night for me was a wow moment. I couldn’t believe that this is like really happening. I was paid for my performance and I was paid as a host,” Edem said.

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