Controversial movie maker and C.E.O. of Movie Africa Productions, Socrate Safo has called on institutions responsible for championing the interest of Ghanaian musicians to think of a punishment for any musician established to be using drugs.
The movie maker made the statement as part of his contribution on Entertainment Review on Peace FM. His comment was related to the issue of musician Akosua Agyepong’s promise of stopping Efya who has confessed to the Ghanaian media that, she is not into drugs but rather smokes cigarette.
His other panel members didn’t take it lightly with him for that assertion but he kept stressing that “I’m responsible” to support his call.
Songstress Efya’s name has been on the lips of many Ghanaians after the death of British singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse who according to reports died of drug overdose and more recently after the death of American artist, actress, producer and model Whitney Houston, who until her death was battling with drugs.
The dynamic Efya in an interview denied usage of drugs, except smoking, “I don’t use narcotics before my performance, after my performance, through my performance and during the day. I don’t do drugs, me, my name is E-F-Y-A and I do not do drugs.”
“I don’t know why people say I do drugs; nobody out there who has said that I do drugs has ever seen me do it. I can swear down and tell you that because I don’t do drugs. I smoke cigarettes, I do that you see me doing it when I’m out it’s my thing but nobody can judge me on that but the thing is I don’t do drugs.”
The fact that, Efya admitted she smokes cigarette has also been a major issue for discussions on various media platforms with the gospel musician coming up publicly in one of the discussions that she’s ready to advice her to quit smoking.
When GhanaCelebrities.Com contacted Socrate Safo, he said, a ban should be imposed on any musician found culpable of using narcotics. He said using banning as a tool to prevent musicians from using drugs as is done in sports will do the trick. He conceded that would not entirely curtail the usage of drugs.
In buttressing his point, he said if in sporting activities, an athlete is found culpable of ‘doping’, commonly referred as the ‘use of performance enhancing drugs’ and banned for number of years, then its high time similar posture was adopted in Ghana to use as a deterrent to others.
He said if a musician who uses narcotics churns out hits after hits and its being played on radio and promoted on TV, it sends a strong message to the musician that, he or she can continue to use the narcotics and still get his stuff patronised and get awarded for that.
He argued that if such stiffer stance was taken and a musician banned for like a year by MUSIGA, that would help to curtail the use of drugs among musicians.
On the issue of evidence of drug usage by any musician, Socrate said if a mechanism is put in place, musician who peddles in narcotics would be known and busted. He ended by saying Ghanaians should stop the hypocrisy and address the issue concerning narcotics usage.
Do you concur with Socrate’s call?
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