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Ex Co-Director of the Chale Wote Street Art Festival fingers Mantse for abuse

Ex Co-Director of the Chale Wote Street Art Festival fingers Mantse for abuseJamestown’s Chale Wote Street Art Festival has gained attention on the continent as West Africa’s largest annual street art festival. For the past 8 years, it has grown from a small event to a global platform attracting an audience of about 50,000 people.

The alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out into the streets was founded by Mantse Aryeequaye with the help of his former romantic lover and life partner Sionne Rameah Neely until the two went separate ways in 2017.

What really happened?

According to Dr. Sionne Rameah Neely during the course of a decade-long relationship with Mantse Aryeequaye, she experienced multiple instances of violence, terror, intimidation and coercion.

Chale Wote has been one of the most important spaces and platforms that merge art, locals, natives and internationals.

Although this year’s event was not as popular as the previous years, people rarely attended the shows organized by the new Chale Wote team.

Could it be an internal crisis that led to the low patronage of the 2019 Chale Wote Street Art festival in Accra or rumours that invested showed no interest this year?

Ex Co-Director of the Chale Wote Street Art Festival fingers Mantse for abuse

Mantse Aryeequaye

While this may sound damaging, several artistes have also condemned Mantse Aryeequaye actions and called him out because they’re witnesses.

Wanlov the kubolor recently released a video expressing disappointment and anger after Mantse sent policemen after him and all the people in his circle calling him out.

In another Twitter post, Wanlov called him the “sexual predator & woman abuser of accradotalt, sabolairadio chalewote & redkatt pictures”.

Television and Radio presenter, Akosua Hanson also shared her distaste after Mantse’s decision to silence witnesses in another tweet.Ex Co-Director of the Chale Wote Street Art Festival fingers Mantse for abuse

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