Prisons are institutions for criminals, but when award-winning Ghanaian rapper Shatta Wale spoke about his time there, he called it his “home.”
The Ghanaian dancehall musician was arrested by authorities in October 2021 after being charged with disseminating false information.
Shatta Wale talked about his stint in jail in a recent interview with TV3, claiming that he didn’t feel overly humbled by the experience because he felt at home there.
“You know, in Ghana, we don’t make sacrifices to aid the nation. Because I felt like I was at home when I was in jail, it didn’t really humble me, he claimed.
According to the Ghanaian music star, there were prisoners who were happy to see him in jail. The ex-convict adds that he was even treated with respect and dignity during his time at the Ankaful Medium Prison in the Central Region.
“There were quite a number of people there, some for over 30 years, that wanted to see Shatta Wale. Some fetch water for me and others give me their food. The way I was treated on the streets, is the same treatment I got in the cells,” he said.
During the conversation with Giovani Caleb, the host of the show, Shatta emphasized that the experience had no effect on his music career because he had been able to release more hit songs after his bail.
“It wasn’t like they sent me to a place to suffer; when I went there, it was like a vacation. Nobody goes to jail and comes back with the right frame of mind but I came back and released ‘On God’, ‘JJC’ and a whole lot”.
Watch Him Speak below:
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