Finally, the Liberia Music Union will go for elections this year. This might seem like really good news, but here’s the twist: only 22 persons will get a chance to vote. I am not eligible to vote neither does CIC, Grace Hawa Weah, Christopher, Bucky Raw, Boakai, Lyee K Bility and many more of you.
The body responsible for conducting election says only 22 persons in the entire country has perfectly matched all the eligibility requirements. This seems really awkward. An election that the entire industry is waiting on will be decided by only 22 persons? Damn!
It easy to blame the people responsible for holding the elections but the burden of responsibility falls more on the major stakeholders in the industry, especially those who participated in elections on the music ticket. Where are Blue, O’Neal, Takun and the wonderful gospel songstress, Kanvee in all this?
Djblue, O’Neal Roberts, Takun J, and Kanvee Adams owe a whole lot to this industry. They almost earned a seat at the Legislature on the backs of musicians and they amassed popular support because almost everybody thought they had real plans for the industry. They did tell us they had plans for the industry but it feels like they easily forgot this plan after the elections.
This election is crucial to the survival of the industry. It is the election of our lives. Influential people with plans for the industry will have to halt the passiveness and engage the process, to ensure that whoever wins, receives a popular mandate.
A person can only lead when others accept the Individual as their leader, and he/ she has only as much authority as their subjects given. All of the brilliant ideas in the world cannot save a kingdom if no one will listen to them.
Howbeit, The risk of having elections with 22 voters is that those elected will not have popular support and hence will be powerless to effect real change. Another risk is that people will have an easy ability to forge an alternative music union, splitting the industry in half and then we all fail together.
People don’t take the industry seriously because they really do think we are non-serious bunch. We got to prove them wrong by holding a fair process where everybody will have an equal chance at participation.