Deborah Vanessa’s Uncle Obama: Great Exposure or Bad Publicity?

When preparedness meets opportunity, the results can be mind blowing.

Now is there any such thing as bad publicity? Yes and no. Can great exposure go along with bad publicity?

Well…it depends on how you look at it. Deborah Vanessa’s video may be pushing us to look at several angles of exposure and publicity. She saw an opportunity, she prepared, took aim and shot!

Now from Ghana to London, from local TV stations to CNN, yes Deborah’s ‘Uncle Obama’ was on CNN yesterday.  Sister Deborah’s ‘Uncle Obama’ has got the world talking.

The response and attention has been phenomenal and still growing. With just one music video, one single, a first timer has gotten more publicity than many musicians have gotten in 10 years and with many albums.

Although not all the attention has been positive, it’s still attention anyway. And her face and song lyrics are everywhere.

People have argued on the immense s*xual innuendos in the song but in my opinion, there have been worse songs released and played in Ghana. Why didn’t anybody descend heavily on those artistes as they are doing with Deborah Vanessa? Perhaps what started as a joke has taken people by surprise and gone too viral to ignore. People who hate the song are sitting up and giving it attention.

The world is taking note of Ghana musically. With Sarkodie ridding high and ‘Uncle Obama’ on CNN, surely the dynamism and creativity of artistes in Ghana has been solidly emphasized.

Maybe we can learn a thing or two from Deborah Vanessa. If for nothing, she at least displayed artistic creativity. She knew exactly what she was doing. And it has paid off exactly how she intended it to.

We can only hope Obama will listen and have a good chuckle and not feel vulgarly propositioned.

We also hope Romney won’t be laughing too hard when he listens to Uncle Obama’s Banana because we don’t know what Sister Deborah will be singing about next.

So over to you! Have you followed the Banana Zonto song? Have you seen the grave and bright reviews? Are you on the side of great exposure or bad publicity?

Uncle Obama On CNN

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  • Frog

    She nailed it right there.I knew this song was going to have this exposure cos controversy follows that family(wanluv) all day everyday.How many musicians dream of having a viral video. Some artiste will be secretly wishing it was them and not her.Banana zonto all day!!!

    • nanya

      @Frog,really she nailed it? thats really funny. u call this nnkwasiasem nailed it hmmmm wow

      • Frog

        @nanya, Tracks like Police abaa,Pulele,Koto gye,Mercy lokko all have no lyrical content but got everyone singing back in the day.These sounds are no different from Uncle Obama.Even that korean guy’s track Gangam Style is being played everywhere and all koreans are proud of him.

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  • nanya

    the first time i watched the video the first question i asked myself was….what just happen…….i mean this is the most stupideeeeeeeeeest Ghana music i ever heard. like i am embarrassed for her. she is beautiful but the music is a no no 

    • koby

      @nanya, hahahahaha…… thank you ……….who is promoting this girl kraaaaaa…. aah ade3n

  • kweku

    this is abosolute robbish n a disgrace to ghana,cnn was actually condemning the song as garbage n i think is very embarrasing for ghana n our music industry,if she wanted to get attention from obama,why cldnt the lyrics of the song be positive,since he’s a world leader n married too,dis is insulting to his personanility n shld be banned…smh

  • Frog

    @nanya, off head i cld give u a lot trax that have the most stupidiest lyrics that made waves in gh.
    Police abaa
    Mercy Lokko
    Koto gye
    Are these all sounds with no lyrical content that got every one singing back in the day and they are no different from Deborah’s song.Even that korean dude Sy with his “Gangam style” track is booming everywhere and all koreans are proud of him

    • koby

      @Frog, hahahahahahahah you are funny papa…. you forgot …. abodotui, aluinguintugui,babana

      • Frog

        @koby, yeah i forgot those ones too

  • koby

    i am surprised how she got there with that stupid song…………………………..disgracing Ghana on a world screen …. asem paaa nie.. she thinks she is beautiful so she can deceive everybody with her beautiful…..a beg .. go back and do ur host show because music cant help you.

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  • Cecelia Enima

    This music is s*xually explicit  and does no good to the many young girls and women in Ghana
    Facing   acts of s*xual voilence  against them every day.  Who will take the cries of s*xually  abused women in ghana seriously if young women like Deborah are singing songs like this. Awful song!!!!!!!!!

    • zena

      @Cecelia Enima, i totally agree with you sister. The song is stupid but wha makeit worse from all the other stupid ones in the same category is the fact that she used the name of a prominent leader which is insulting. I guess the timing is wrong for the song too

  • Maame Yaa

    Debbie makes me scream for Becca to save me…:-)

  • Nobody

    what creativity? I need the staff that wrote this piece to define creativity. this song is a disgrace to Ghana  as a nation and an insult to the artist who are doing great creatively. This is dumb to the thousand degree. Is she singing? rapping? or reciting? it solidifies the notion that beauty in deed with no brains. Im pissed as a Ghanaian. The western world laughs at you….I have not seen the cnn piece but I know is not going to pleasant and good publicity. How does that give way for the likes of Sarkodie and the ones making positive waves in the US?

    • Maame Yaa

      @Nobody, she was reading her poem…hahahahahahaha.

      • Nobody

        @Maame Yaa, is still sounds horrible….lol

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  • jsexy

    i just listened to the rubbish music and i asked myself, how can sm1 sit down and decide to torture Ghanaians all in the name of singing???? the song caught my attention when peacefm online put it on thier trivia column, yes, to them it was a joke and its true. Is it by force to sing?? Human rights activist in the ghana should rise and do smfin about this bcos ghanaians ve done nothing to deserve this punishment from sis debbie. CNN??????????? Debora Vanessa is a suicide bomber!!1

  • nana

    I cant believe some People, how dump can one be? Debora or what ever she call herself. This is really stupid and a disgrace to Ghana. It would have been far better to find a different name for your cheap publicity. This is dumps and way below the belt. Dump, Dump Dump

  • aku

    how do i even say it,i get it now it runs in the family.don’t blame her.