Following the backlash against his music video shot at the Jubilee House government building in Ghana, Meek Molle issued a heartfelt apology on Twitter.
“For the people of Ghana, no video I drop is meant to disrespect the people of Ghana… The fastest way to connect is through music and I wanted to do that by showing art,” reads his first tweet.
He went on to “take responsibility for [his] mistake” and expressed his desire to “connect black people in America and Africa.”
The criticism came full steam ahead on Monday morning (January 9) when Ghana’s former Deputy Education Minister Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa tweeted screenshots of the music video and expressed his outrage.
“All those responsible for this despicable desecration of the Jubilee House by Meek Molle must be fired immediately,” wrote Ablakwa. “How do the explicit texts from the presidential pulpit work Ghana positively? Is Ghana’s seat of government no longer a high security installation?”
Many Ghanaians chimed in, with some assigning blame to the country’s government rather than mild. The 35-year-old rapper rushed to the defense of Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, adding: “I don’t think they knew it was video footage when we asked to shoot. It’s a small camera and a child… in America We didn’t know this existed and [I] was excited to show [it] because they don’t show Ghana much in our media.”
Meek expressed that he had no ill intentions and continues to support positive community efforts both in his hometown of Philadelphia and in Ghana, where the rapper recently found out he has inheritance.