Meek Mill Apologizes For Shooting a Video Clip at The Presidential Palace of Ghanaian


Meek Mill has apologized for shooting a music video at Ghana’s presidential palace after a backlash from the country’s education minister.

Last Sunday (January 8), the rapper posted on Instagram a fragment of the clip for a new, as yet unnamed song. Among other places in Ghanaian, the video shows Mill wandering through the conference rooms and corridors of the Jubilee House, which serves as the official home and office of the President of Ghanaian, Nana Akufo-Addo.

The clip, which has since been removed from Mill’s Instagram, sparked a backlash shortly after it was posted, with Ghana’s education minister Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa leading the criticism, calling the video a “disgusting desecration of the Jubilee House.”

Ablakwa, who expressed his disappointment in a tweet posted yesterday (January 9), said that “all those responsible for [the video] … should be fired immediately.” He continued: “How do these explicit texts from the presidential project “Ghana” positively affect us? Isn’t the residence of the Government of Ghana no longer a strict regime facility?”.

In response to the negative reaction, which was also expressed by Ghanaian citizens and news agencies, Mill today (January 10) tweeted that he never “wanted to disrespect the people of Ghana.” The rapper said that his intentions when shooting the video at the presidential residence were to “[show] art” and “establish a connection between black people in America and Africa.”

He continued: “For the people of Ghana, no video that I drop ever means disrespect to the people of Ghana… The fastest way to establish a connection is through music [so in the original], and I wanted to do it with a demonstration of art… I’m over 30 from America [so in the original] and didn’t know much about the way of life here.”

In a subsequent tweet, Mill offered his “apologies to people if [any disrespect was shown” before openly apologizing to the Ghanaian president’s office. Later, the rapper defended Akufo-Addo, who received a negative reaction for allegedly allowing the video to be shot, writing that the office might not have known that “it was a video when we asked to shoot.”

Meek Mill concluded the thread with a final apology and explanation, writing that “in America we didn’t know it existed and were happy to show because they don’t often show Ghana in our media! So I take responsibility for my mistake! Not intentionally.”

Mill’s recently deleted Instagram post promised that the song would be released soon, but it has not yet appeared on the pages of the rapper’s streaming service. Mill’s latest studio album, “Expensive Pain”, was released in October 2021, followed by the mixtape “Flamers 5” at the end of last year.

Around the same time, Mill was one of many musicians present at the virtual signing of the Law on the Decriminalization of Artistic Expression, which prohibits the use of rap lyrics in criminal prosecution and was enshrined in California law last October. Mill was joined at the signing of the contract by Killer Mike, E-40 and Ty Dolla $ign, among others.


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