Singer Wendy Shay, comparing her struggles with discrimination in Germany and Ghana, has described the situation in the latter, where she is a successful pop star, as “a thousand times” worse.
She disclosed this troubling observation on 3 FM’s Urban Blend (compered by Miriam Osei Agyeman), where she had gone to promote “Emergency,” her new record.
Before she settled in Ghana, the singer born Wendy Addo lived in Germany for something like twenty years. She lamented frequent experiences with racism, including a time an elderly white man, whom she had gone to sit next to in a bus, vacated his seat in what Shay deduced was an act of racism.
Without going into specifics, Shay noted, however, that her experiences with discrimination in her home nation of Ghana, ironically, have been worse; “a thousand times more.”
Since she burst into bloom as a Ghanaian pop star, Shay, 24, has been the recipient of constant cyber-bullying, with many mocking her appearance. Instead of letting that subsume her, Shay pointed out that she has used that as fuel to grow in every aspect, particularly spiritually and psychologically.
Shay also said that the current global uprising against racism is well and good, but critically, must be tied to blacks loving people of their own complexion too.
The interview also saw her talk about her recent collaboration with Bosom P-Yung. Admitting to being enamoured by the Attaa Adwoa hit maker since he became an internet sensation in January, Shay said that her reason for tapping him on “Emergency” was purely based on his different and unique” style, as well as a singular emotion she wanted to channel in her new single.
A decorated performer, Wendy Shay is signed to RuffTown Records, and, aside from her many singles, has an album, the Shay on You project to her credit.