Published: Jamaica Gleaner – Tuesday | December 28, 2021 | 12:06 PM
Dancehall artiste Beenie Man has denied media reports out of Ghana that he tested positive for COVID-19 when he arrived in the West African republic.
“I have no COVID, never caught COVID before, tested NEGATIVE for COVID. Been travelling for the past six months COVID-free. Fully vaccinated,” Beenie Man tweeted.
The 48-year-old went on to share a negative PCR test from a lab located in Accra, and a letter stating that the Ghana Health Service was informing him of the negative test result, along with a statement.
“As a carrier of the sickle cell disease, I understand the importance of following the protocols set out to help stop the spread of the virus. I know the importance of protecting myself, my family, my team, and the people I interact with,” the statement read.
He said all his COVID-19 tests came back negative. “Before entering Ghana, I did a COVID-19 test at the Heathrow Airport in London. The test results were negative. Less than 24 hours after arriving in Ghana, I did another test, which was negative. Three days later, I did a PCR test to clear me for travel which also came back negative. I have crossed two international borders where I was tested, and all were negative,” he shared.
Beenie Man thanked the Government of Ghana and the organisers of the BHIM concert, including Ghanaian entertainer Stonebwoy.
“Ghana was amazing. Love & light to @stonebwoy and the #BhimTeam. The Ghanaian Government, Immigration, Health Team, Small Gad, Freedom, the whole team. #Ghana ah the best place inna the world,” he posted, adding that he was looking forward to the 2022 edition of the popular event.
Dubbed The BHIM of Hope, the 2021 BHIM concert was held December 21 at the Grand Arena in Accra, Ghana, and was co-headlined by Beenie Man and Stonebwoy.
In an interview ahead of the concert, Stonebwoy spoke of the importance of this year’s event and the honour of hosting Beenie Man.
“I am single-handedly hosting the king Beenie Man in Ghana, among others I have invited in the past from South Africa and the US, to keep the BHIM Concert running. And with this year’s theme, ‘BHIM of Hope’, my team and I are aiming to do what we love to do and give to people what they love,” he said.
Efforts to contact Beenie Man were unsuccessful. A representative said there would be no comment at this time.
In May, Beenie Man, whose real name is Moses Davis, was fined $150,000 for breaching Jamaica’s Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA).
The fine was imposed when he appeared in the St Elizabeth Parish Court to answer charges stemming from a November 29, 2020, illegal party in the Shrewsbury district, St Elizabeth, for which he was arrested and charged for breaching the DRMA and the Noise Abatement Act.
He pleaded guilty to breaching the DRMA. The Noise Abatement Act offence was dismissed.