Popular Ghanaian musician, Barimah Sidney has indicated his readiness to travel to Liberia to record a music video to go along with his recently released song on Ebola.
Sidney has successfully recorded a song on Ebola with financial support from the Liberian international soccer star and politician, George Oppon Weah, who featured in the song. The song is doing well on radio and has even been played on BBC radio and other international networks.
As per the agreement with Oppon Weah, Sidney is supposed to shoot a music video to go with the song.
Tuesday’s edition of the Daily Guide newspaper reported that Barimah Sidney has refused to travel to Liberia to shoot the music video insisting it must be shot in Ghana because of the high health risk in the country which is one of the worst affected by Ebola.
This seemed to have created a bone of contention between Sidney and the Oppon Weah Foundation.
Reacting to the newspaper publication Tuesday morning on Okay FM, Barimah Sidney said he was not afraid to go to Liberia.
He explained his only problem was with the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s travel advisory cautioning Ghanaians not to travel to Ebola affected countries.
He said he was waiting for Oppon Weah to return from France this weekend for them to decide whether to shoot the video in Ghana or Liberia.
Sidney’s song on Ebola is meant to create awareness on the disease and how to prevent contracting the virus which has already killed thousands of people in some West African countries.
Liberia was currently in crises over the Ebola disease.
New UN figures show that 1,229 people have now died since the beginning of this year in the outbreak that has also hit Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.
The World Health Organisation has said there were 84 deaths reported between 14 and 16 August.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the world’s deadliest to date. The disease has no known cure.
• Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage • Fatality rate can reach 90% – but current outbreak has about 55% • Incubation period is two to 21 days • There is no vaccine or cure • Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery • Fruit bats, a delicacy for some West Africans, are considered to be virus’ natural host.