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Sidiku Buari: There is no place like Ghana

Alhaji Sidiku Buari

Alhaji Sidiku Buari

The celebrated Ghanaian musician and former athlete Alhaji Sidiku Buari has called on Ghanaians to cherish the peaceful atmosphere in the country because “there is no place like home.”

The veteran musician said Ghana has for the past three decades remain an enviable nation in a sub-region troubled by political instability.

Speaking on Vinyl Conversations on Asaase Radio on Saturday (19 March), Buari said he had no regrets leaving the US after 12 years to stay in Ghana to pursue his music career.

“After staying in the United States for 12 years, I decided to come back to Ghana because home is home,” the 1963 All-Africa Games silver medallist told show host Tommy Annan Forson.

“I remember when I decided to come back to the country, my friends were questioning my decision. I have to be honest, I really enjoyed Ghana, there is no country in the world like Ghana.

Freedom

“It’s a place to enjoy yourself and have your freedom as long as you do the right thing, you can do whatever you want to do but in the US safety was a problem,” Buari said.

According to him, staying in the US restricted his movement and socialisation to the extent that he became homesick.

“When I was in US I was having bodyguards and I didn’t like it although I needed them. I was restricted because there are restrictions when you are a star. It’s when I came to Ghana that I could go anywhere I wanted to go, I did whatever I want to do as well,” Buari said.

The former president of Musicians’ Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) explained that “the money they spend on protecting artistes in the US is way too much, and at the end of it the management pay part and I have to pay part of the money as well. I wasn’t happy with that arrangement because I believed I could take good care of myself so I decided to come home with my studio equipment.”

He said coming to Ghana gave him the freedom he wanted to record more songs.

“I didn’t care too much about the money. I cared about my happiness and freedom and enjoying myself. I can’t be enjoying myself with a bodyguard behind me, you won’t find things like that in this country,” Buari said.

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