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WIYAALA: ON BEING AN UNLIKELY ROLE MODEL

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If there is one thing that brings immense joy to the Ghanaian artiste Wiyaala, it is being a role model to girls, and especially those from her native Upper West.

If there is one thing that brings immense joy to the Ghanaian artiste Wiyaala, it is being a role model to girls, and especially those from her native Upper West.

Wiyaala, who sings in her native Waala and Sissala dialects as well as English, speaks about being seen as a role model by young girls from her village who look to her for inspiration.

In an interview with the UK’s Sky News last week, in which she touched on a number of issues such as how she is using music to shape lives, the “Rock My Body” singer said that she is very happy young girls from her village see her as a role model and are inspired by her work.

“I’m happy to be a role model because when I started, I didn’t say, ‘I want to be a role model.’ It just happened.

Authentic

“Besides, being one out of the thousand children from my village and becoming very popular has inspired others. They see you on TV in another country or continent and get excited and ask, ‘How did you do it?’
“I’m happy they see what I’m doing and are inspired by it,” she said.

There is no doubt that the musician is one of the most talented female Afropop artistes at work today but to Wiyaala, she is not appreciated by the industry in Ghana.

Yet she has put the nation on the map with her authentic music.

She has always said that Ghana’s lack of appreciation for her music compelled her to ply her trade on the international scene.

In an interview early this year, she said unfair treatment by the “system” had pushed her to venture outside the country and move to where people value her talent and style.

“I won Female Vocalist of the Year 2015 at the Ghana Music Awards, but is that all I deserve? I think I’m worth more than that,” said the woman nicknamed the “Lioness of Africa”.