Ghanaian dancehall star Shatta Wale has been urged to add his influential voice to champion sustainable livelihoods and jobs as part of the global green revolution.
In an open letter to Shatta Wale, Deputy National Director of A Rocha Ghana, Daryl Bosu, acknowledged the artist's massive following and ability to inspire youth.
However, he expressed concern over Shatta Wale's endorsement of upcoming mining activities in Ellembele.
Daryl Bosu wrote: "Your lyrics employ us be heroes for our families and also “...so mi raise di banner cah mi love mi own motherland.” I believe in the power of your voice to inspire positive change."
The letter highlighted the detrimental environmental and social impacts of unsustainable mining practices, including polluted water bodies and destroyed farmlands.
He encouraged Shatta Wale to leverage his influence "to advocate for more sustainable alternatives, such as the creation of green jobs for youth."
He added: "Green jobs not only provide employment opportunities for the youth but also support industries that prioritize environmental responsibility and conservation."
The letter comes as thousands of youths globally call on governments to invest in sustainable solutions that protect land, water and the climate for future generations.
Daryl further urged Shatta Wale to "redirect your support towards initiatives that align with the principles of sustainability and social responsibility."