FORMER MUSIGA president, Diana Hopeson, has indicated that after handling over the mantle to Bice Osei Kufuor, she attended the World Forum on Music in Tallinn, Estonia, where “I did a presentation on the impact of the inclusion of Music in the Ghana’s Poverty reduction Strategy 1 and 2 (GPRS) now, Ghana’s Shared Growth Development Agenda (GSGDA).
According to her, she is currently the Administrative Director for Reconciliation Alliance Consult and the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation which are promoting Peace Processes, Conflict Resolution, Research, providing Training in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Consultation in life management.
Speaking to The Heritage, she further noted that she is working on a research on Music and Conflict Resolution as an indigenous Cultural alternative of Conflict Resolution in Africa, “I also enrolled in an online training program and mentored some young men by training them in a performing Arts group at a church, and did a bit of acting at the end of last year.”
She mentioned that having to work with limited resources, oppositions from some musicians whose cause I was laboring and press men who publish information without having all the facts correct as some of the challenges she encountered during her term of office, “but these same challenges made me strong.”
On perceptions that she may dictate to Obour on what to do, Diana Hopeson explained that “I can only dictate to him if I am in charge but I have handed over so that is not possible, I can only advice him when he seeks for it.”
Outlining her expectation and judgment on Bice Osei Kufuor for these few months, she indicated that she would like to access him after one year.
Though there were some hitches between the old musicians and her, she noted that her relationship with them is as usual and “being a musician, we are all colleagues.”