Northern-Ghana-based female musicians, Abbi Ima and Alapta Wan have revealed that some Northerners still hold the perception that a woman’s place is the kitchen.
In an interview with Doreen Avio on Daybreak Hitz, Abbi Ima said some people have even discouraged her from pursuing music due to the number of years it takes for some musicians to find their breakthrough.
She also disclosed that others told her that doing music is not meant for women.
“You get people telling you that music is something that will take long for you to make it… Some of them will even tell you music is for men,” she recalled.
In support of Abbi Ima’s remark, Alapta Wan added: “They want us to stay in the kitchen. They claim that’s where we belong.”
She continued: “But we have a voice —and we want to change the narrative,” she said on Hitz FM.
Alapta Wan further touched on using music to address societal issues – like teenage pregnancy – especially when it became prevalent in the Northern Region sometime back.
Her song – Poore – addresses the effects of teenage pregnancy on the girl child.
According to Alapta Wan, the song gained traction in the Northern Region, which eventually contributed to curbing the rise of teenage pregnancy in the region.
Alapta Wan noted that she wouldn’t have been able to address such pertinent issues, and made an impact if she was always in the kitchen.
The Baaya singer added that the “a woman’s place is in the kitchen” narrative has shattered the dreams of many young women who aspire to pursue a higher level of education, get a decent job or use their talents to make a living.
Notwithstanding, Abbi Ima and Alapta Wan say they are poised on changing the narrative and gradually wiping off the stereotypes that plague the Northern sector of Ghana, preventing women from achieving their goals.
- I have received calls to stop disconnection exercise – ECG boss
- Bride ‘faints’ briefly as Joe Mettle pops up at her wedding reception
- George Addo Jnr appointed Director of Communications at UK’s Coach Hene Sports Club
- Ato Forson was criminally reckless in ambulance transaction – Attorney General
- My divorce drew me closer to God – New EC member Rev. Akua Ofori Boateng
- We are one people – Bawumia and Mahama laud peaceful enskinment of new Yagbonwura
- Ghana Immigration Service cancels filling of embarkation and disembarkation forms
- Your electricity bill does not have a party colour – ECG MD
- We’ll meter all distribution transformers to fight power theft – Samuel Mahama
- Fitch upgrades Ghana’s rating to ‘CCC’
- Ghana Chamber of Mines censures Golden Star attacks, worried over upsurge of violence against mines
- Ex-President Kufuor urges his scholars to exhibit high levels of integrity
- Boris Johnson clashes with MPs over Partygate denials
- U.S. launches 5-year $5 million patnership with NHIA to improve quality of healthcare, digitisation, and access
- Bolt donates to 2 institutions as part of CSR activities
- North Dayi health directorate holds 2022 annual performance review meeting
- Livestream: PM Express discusses EC’s neutrality
- FWSC working on linking salary to productivity – Benjamin Arthur
- ECG doesn’t have means to prove power theft – Lawyer
- Endeavour to build quality homes – GREDA to members
- Poverty is our enemy; peace and development are our objectives -VP Bawumia
- Alan pays for printing of albums for 200,000 delegates
- Joy Prime premieres new telenovela ‘The Rich Also Cry’ on April 3, 2023
- ‘Reckless’ Gwyneth Paltrow caused Utah ski crash, lawyer says
- Photos: Newly-elected Rugby Africa President Herbert Mensah returns home