Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, per his public persona and outlook, easily comes across as one tough character.
That persona, according to his former manager, has a human side.
He sometimes easily breaks down.
Lawrence Asiamah Hanson known in showbiz as Bulldog, said he was shocked to see Shatta Wale cry uncontrollably when he was in cells for the alleged murder of Fennec Okyere.
Bulldog was arrested in May 2014 after investigations by the Homicide Unit of the Police Criminal Investigative Department (CID) pointed to him as the prime suspect of the murder of Kwaw Kesse’s manager Fennec Okyre.
Fennec Okyere was killed at his Manet Gardens residence on the Spintex Road, Accra on Thursday, March 13, 2014, by unknown assailants. He died at age 31.
During his time behind bars, Bulldog said he “actually realised that I was that strong. The only person who almost got me to be weak at that cell was Shatta Wale. The guy came there crying like a baby.”
He recounted that people hounded him asking when Shatta Wale would come to visit him in the cells.
The now A&R Manager at Zylofon Media said when Shatta Wale finally came to visit, there were loud cheers from inmates and people at the police station.
When he was prompted that the Dancehall artiste had arrived, Bulldog narrated that, he dressed up to go meet him only to find the controversial artiste crying.
“He was the only one at the time who made me nearly shed tears.”
“I understood him. He has never seen me like that before behind bars…I think it was touching for him,” Bulldog said.
In January this year, an Accra Central District Court discharged him of the alleged murder of Fennec Okyere.
Although he has gained his freedom, it is Bulldog’s wish that “…the person who committed the murder will be caught. It is one of my greatest wishes and we are taking steps to ensure that happens”.