In a new single off Fuse ODG’s “Road To Ghana” EP, the musician brings up the plight of sex workers on the streets of Accra, particularly the bustling Oxford Street located in Osu, notorious for this activity.
In the ToyBoi-assisted number, Fuse attempts to paint an extensive picture of the personal trials that assail these persons, often leading them into a vocation that is considered profoundly disgraceful.
Backstories of sex workers might include abuse at a tender age as well as the economic difficulties attendant to hailing from places bereft of better options. “Osu” also exposes the daily risks practitioners in this trade put themselves through; physiologically and psychologically.
Prostitution is still illegal in Ghana, and the police department periodically rounds up sex workers on Ghana’s streets. A parting question in the video for “Osu” relates to whether or not the police should stop arresting prostitutes as was a 2015 court ruling in Zimbabwe.
Born Nana Richard Abiona, the Grammy-recognized act has collaborated with fellow global icons including Wyclef Jean, Elephant Man, Sarkodie, Sean Paul, Shatta Wale, Ed Sheeran, and Major Lazer. He is also curator of the annual TINA Festival, the first of which was held in January this year.
The EP, whose other single is “Timeless” (ft. Kwesi Arthur) comes out this Sunday, November 17. Watch visuals for Osu below: