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Ghanaian Celebrities Slam ‘One Direction’ For Negative Representation Of Ghana + My Thoughts!

Chris-Vincent A. Febiri
Posted on 17 Jan 2013 at 3:18pm
One Direction in Ghana

One Direction in Ghana

I do not know how I feel about this…Though Ghana is not wholly bad and poor (which I know every intelligent individual including members of  One Direction ought to know), anytime someone highlights on the true picture of things (negative bits), Ghanaians get defensive and quickly point out the good things out here in Ghana.

I don’t really care about those living the posh life, living at the East legons and Cantoments, it is those who are struggling to afford 3 square meals a day, struggling to have access to clean driving water and a balance diet that need the attention.

When foreigners who want to offer a helping hand to the poor and needy come to any country, they ignore the very few privileged people who by certain means (including thievery) are able to afford expensive and golden lives.

So if the UK Band-One Direction gave more attention to the fact that Ghana has enormous poverty, slams and gutters during and after their charity tour, what is really wrong with that?

The reason why foreigners give attention to these things is the fact that they are not used to them…They have seen enough of the beautiful buildings, roads, hotels and expensive cars in their countries so these do not marvel or tickle them. If it was these things alone, they would never have come to Ghana because they have the best where they come from…

To me, these guys did nothing wrong for bringing to light and given those without voices the attention they deserve. Our Ghanaian celebrities should get the hell out of twitter and go out there to help these people, help put their voices and photos out there…

The truth is that, a greater number of Ghanaians are living under the water…

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You guys are just missing the point…Who cares about the real intention of One-Direction? Either their intention was good or bad, I do not care. It is not their duty to help these children. If we have cared for these many Ghanaians struggling, would they have found anything to say when they visited? If you fail to clean your house, you open it for all manner of people to talk about it. Even if their houses are dirty, it does not stop them from talking about your dirty house. Go and talk about theirs too if you want and if that is what will help your dirty house get clean…

Why can’t we accept that majority of Ghanaians are struggling and need help.

What I am more upset about is the various celebrities throwing out sentences to One-Direction for tweeting the photos of the poor children they came in contact with in Ghana and talking about them or about the situation. They have at least given these children a voice, they have brought their situation to the public and have brought their plight to be known by many, that is why we are even talking about it today.

What do these Ghanaian celebrities do? They drive or walk pass these children every day. They see hungry children every, those selling PKs on the street and occasionally give them some coins.

These children have no voices and they have to be heard or seen. How many of the celebrities have taken photos of these children to even tweet them and say; gov’t help these poor children or the better in society, please help these children? Instead, they continue to take photos of their cheap and fake shoes, bags, phones and tweet every day. That is what is important to them every day. To One Direction, they saw that the children were important last night and gave them some publicity too.

If you won’t do it and someone does it, shut the hell up and stop trying to find a reason for person’s actions. Their intention may be bad but I don’t care, what I care about is, today their tweet about these children may bring the children some food. The children were on E! today and it means our President may be called by his friends or may be ashamed and decide to think about these children when he goes to sleep.

Anyway, read the below report via Myjoyonline

Some Ghanaian celebrities have slammed UK boy band, One Direction, who are also one of the world’s biggest groups for their negative remarks about the country during a recent trip.

The group made up of Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne where in Ghana over the weekend on a charity tour as part of their involvement with the U.K. charity organization Comic Relief.

After their visit to Ghana, Niall Horan took to social networking site Twitter to say: “Just arrived back from Accra,Ghana! Best life experience ever! This @rednoseday please get involved!”

He again tweeted that: “I’ve seen the slums right in front of me! This is no joke! They really need your help! Poverty is real!,” and added that: “Massive thanks to @rednoseday for taking us to Ghana! It was incredible! Real eye opener! We take so much for granted over here!”

Another member of the group, Harry Styles, who recently came out of a relationship with singer Taylor Swift also tweeted: “Today was the most amazing day I’ve had so far..In my life ever.”

The award winning group, who are signed to Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records, have recorded a cover of Blondie’s One Way or Another to help raise money for the Comic Relief fund.

This year’s ‘Red Nose Day’ which takes place on March 15 encourages people to do something funny for money.

Apparently their comments on twitter and pictures they posted about the trip did not go down well with Ghanaians who say they could have done better by also projecting the positive side of the country.

Eonline, a well known international entertainment news medium in their reportage of the trip also described Accra as an “impoverished village.”

Controversial musician Wanlov the Kubolor mocked the group by commenting on a photo of the group clapping with some kids on twitter that: “Ghana is getting worse so heaven sent 5 downcut jesuses to teach us clapping.”

Award winning actress, Ama K. Abebrese also sent several tweets on the issue.

She said: “@NiallOfficial n @onedirection Your tweets about the slums and poverty of Accra, Ghana was very touching…….however … Next time, also tweet about the luxury hotel and VIP treatment and beauty of the country you enjoyed.”

She added that, ““@NiallOfficial n @onedirection … I understand its for charity, but this highly negative image of sub Saharan African countries like Ghana….. that you choose to focus on without balance for the so many positive aspects to your millions of ff”.

“@NiallOfficial n @onedirection … serve mostly to reinforce negative stereotypes. I have donated to @rednoseday and it does good work…I live in the beautiful city of Accra, Ghana, and there is so much more to it than slums and poverty.”

@NiallOfficial n @onedirection …. so next time, please be #Balanced#ComeBetter There is more to Ghana, so much more,” she concluded.

Actress Lydia Forson said: “Dear @onedirection next you visit a country, remember like yours there are beautiful and ugly parts. Don’t base your views on one part”.

She further said: “Like every “normal” country we have the rich,poor,middle class. Don’t show one side of a country and project it as the whole @onedirection” the actress added that: “But don’t blame @onedirection too much, blame the people who constantly feel the need to show only deprived parts of Africa!”

Musician and former Big Brother Africa representative Mimi also tweeted: “@lydiaforson @onedirection Excuse me, who are they anyways? The cheek of it…. Omo firi y3so nko”.

One person, Kiana, with the name @snapstyles tweeted: “one direction are only money hungry” “fame has gone to their heads” “they only care about publicity”.

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Chris-Vincent A. Febiri

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  • Crustalblack

    Hmmmmmmmm half truth is never the truth but the truth hurts

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  • ZENA

    WOW!!! Dunno wat to say!!! I think d writer has a point that majority of Ghanaians are poor and thats a fact!!! So lets help the poor few ones. It makes sense kakra. This is also an eye-opener to all and sundry

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    Susie Reply:

    @ZENA, hmm, so true but as Jesus said ‘the poor will always be with you’. There will always be poor people in every society- even here in the U.S., homeless people can be found just a few meters from the White House. I think that we Ghanaians need to work hard so that there’ll be less poor people in our country but I also think that these white people who come here must show a more balanced picture of Africa. Sure, there are a lot of poor people in Africa but there is also a sizeable middleclass yet you never see them on CNN or BBC.

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  • Eaglebabe

    HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM Ghanaians protect our country’s name very much even if they have to face the truth…hypocrisy is killing most Ghanaians

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    bentum4u Reply:

    @Eaglebabe,i think u wrong the truth is the truth but poverty is everywhere am from Ghana and i live in the usa, i see poor people and bad places here all the time, some part of Ghana is even beautiful than some part here in the usa so why dont they  help their own poeple? there are people starving here in America so am sorry poverty is everywhere…

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  • Dr. Miyagi

    One Direction have travelled to Ghana for Red Nose Day. Who are you trying to fool with ‘act of kindness’? I’m sure this was an act of their PR. They stay at a luxury hotel, get the VIP treatment, get their hair done, then do a photo op with poor people. They could have done that in their own country as well I mean I totally agree with AMA K why show the poor side only to get more publicity stunt and more money but eventually no help will be offered we all know that the media has no attentions of showing positive images about africans and african countries when it comes to charities etc. we also know that Ghana has have beautiful parts and unpleasant parts, but doesn’t every other country have that too? Now they will go back probably use some of the images to create a video bring a song out but make sell millions of units but the question is what will happen after that we can sit here and bash Ghanaians and so but look it from both sides as well

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    Susie Reply:

    @Dr. Miyagi, I really agree with you. Who said these foreigners care about Ghana or any of the countries they visit for their so called charity works? it’s a photo opportunity for them to look good and they are hypocrites. They should concentrate on helping the poor people in their country which is falling apart due to the financial crisis. Mtcheew.

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    Dr. Miyagi Reply:

    @Susie, I co sign to that

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    27cдгibre(Ф_ф) Reply:

    @Dr. Miyagi, am at your back bro (:

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    honey Reply:

    @27cдгibre(Ф_ф), thank youuuuuuuu ooooooooooo thank you! i was sooo upset i even called tmz yesterday and told them to ask Eonline to either take down their article or rephrase some statements they made,NONSEEEENSE!!!!

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    bentum4u Reply:

    @Dr. Miyagi, i agree i live is the USA and i can tell u people are suffering and homeless everywhere, but they dont show it in Africa..

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  • Susie

    I have never believed that foreigners have anything good for we Africans. Western countries claim that they are giving us ‘Aid’ or ‘loans’ but at the end of the day, the money comes with so many conditions that they end up reaping even more money than they gave us in the first place. Look at these one-direction boys. There are 13.5 million people currently living below the poverty line in the UK as well as about 70.000 homeless children (google it if you don’t believe me). Why don’t they go visit these homeless children and take pictures to show the whole world that the UK is not as rosy/ developed as everyone thinks? Their so-called ‘charity works’ are never done with a good agenda but rather to paint themselves as ‘saviors’ and to paint Ghana as another ‘poor, hopeless, undeveloped country’. My fellow Ghanaians, let us stop believing that these foreigners will develop our country and let us work hard to develop our motherland.

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    Dr. Miyagi Reply:

    @Susie, my dear you just put a big smile in my face well done great comment I love it

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    GoldenGurl Reply:

    @Susie, I do agree as Africam
    Ns we have been severly defrauded, ripped off and financially abused but this is year 2013 Ghana got there independence how many years ago now? As you also say it’s in the hands of your government to give ppl LESSof a reason to talk about Africa’s poverty. I would more respect Celebs opinion IF they were fighting for and advocating for better welfare and support for those less fortunate but most don’t! FACT! 

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    bentum4u Reply:

    @Susie,u right same here in the united state..

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  • 27cдгibre(Ф_ф)

    Lack of knowledge is the title here

    The white man travel from long journey to come to Africa Accra to criticise us whilst there is alto of problems in his country

    And what some Ghanaians are saying yes they are right,yes lack of common sense did not give some Ghanaians the idea that they are same people who robbed as at a broad day LIGHT to steal our gold our forefathers .

    What you have to know is noo white man will come to Africa to praise us than his or her country,they wish our downfall,

    Those whites need some questions to answer and the question is ,are all Londoners rich???are all of them billionaires???

    They should pay the damage they have caused in Africa by that our country will improve lil bit.

    I will be very angry with my girlfriend today WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Dr. Miyagi Reply:

    @27cдгibre(Ф_ф), “brother Atopa alias eat your girl right” don’t let this topic bring anger into your relationship at all because I so much agree with you on your comment but she was not the one who took them away but I remember that, the most attractive thing on a woman too me is “HER HEART” Looks are Great Qualities to have but I AM SURE HER HEART WILL MELT YOU EVERY TIME YOU SEE HER OR HOLD HER

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    27cдгibre(Ф_ф) Reply:

    @Dr. Miyagi, lol I hear am just annoyed with this news ,….

    HOPE YOU ARE EATING YOUR GIRL RIGHT

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    Dr. Miyagi Reply:

    @27cдгibre(Ф_ф), god forbid am I a dog hahahaha

    GoldenGurl Reply:

    @27cдгibre(Ф_ф), the truth as they say shall set you free….when o when will Africa stop with this whole White man white man. I am a Londoner and I certainly know what London is far from wealthy however the white man have created what is called a benefit system to sustain those in need. What has African government created to help those that only eat one meal a day or less in Ghana. So these celebs you are agreeing with how are they fighting for the cause of exposing your government for keeping their own people in poverty. You talk about white man meanwhile your ppl continue to perish in poverty and hunger. So ok you don’t think your government should allow the world to see how they have failed those those that need help? Well as I always say to my partner….Africa is EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF. The celebs want the world to ignore those in poverty after all one direction did not pluck those kids and put them there to take pictures with…yes poverty will always exist but so is the need to help those in need.

    SO BLOODY WHAT if they show Ghana in all its beautiful glory you really think those in abject poverty benefit from the tourism industry. Am sure you pass these kids on road every time you are there and you wanna blame white man????? ok you must be in a better position so maybe you are out there helping these kids that you lot are soooo desperate to pretend do not exist. I guess they will remain that way seeing as their own people are rather trying to pretend they are not there…WOW! I pray never to be poor in Ghana I’ll be Effed up!!!!

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    27cдгibre(Ф_ф) Reply:

    @GoldenGurl, I agree with you on some side but what ,i am saying is white man is soo tricky in some ways you think ,this guys are not making money from Ghana,i dont know if you have seen it before,in the place I live there is some NGO group who went to Africa ,they came back with pictures of kids I mean poor people and the set up some sector to beg money for the kids in Africa after 3 months later,i let my girl friend did some research and she came back to tell me that they only send 30% of the money to the kids in Africa,i decided to call the the branch of the NGO in Africa but noo avail.

    So you cant trust white man with all your brain they are very smart and brainy

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    GoldenGurl Reply:

    @27cдгibre(Ф_ф), is very true my partner agreed with the writer and I asked ok but you don’t do! He said he knows it will not reach them so he would rather give directly. So I do agree. It’s just so unfortunately as a we could protect our own ppl and give the westerners a reason to worry about our progression and unity. I know the cunning lies of White man but also try and be honest about my own failures but anyway I respect ur response though least is good to hear what ppl themselves have gone out there to discover! 

    Susie Reply:

    @GoldenGurl, no one is saying that we should hide Ghana’s problems but what we are saying is that a balanced view should be presented because the UK & US aint paradise either but they always show their positive side and Africa’s negative side on TV. Of course Ghana has its problems, but by God’s grace we are slowly but surely working our way out of it and this should be acknowledged. Last year, Ghana was the 2nd fastest growing economy in the world. Did you hear of that on CNN or BBC? Of course not, after all, the Western media has an agenda to paint Africa as a primitive, hopeless continent full of starving children who need the Western world to save them. You said you’re a Londoner? Well, those white people you’ve been meeting in London think you’re bush girl who used to live in a hut & beg for food before you came to the UK cos that’s what their media has told them about you and all African people for several years.

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    27cдгibre(Ф_ф) Reply:

    @Susie, thanks for breaking it down,by the time know it too late ,white man started doing this thing long time ago ,have you seen ,their huge media houses saying good thing about Africa or Ghana than saying Ghana is democratic country cos Ghana is obeying white man’s ideology.

    Did you seen what happened to ghadaffi for trying to help Africa???

    Africa africa something is wrong,

    Hope you’ve seen Ghanaian calling her self Londoner,have you seen white man calling her self Accraner or what soo ever!???

    GoldenGurl Reply:

    @Susie, @Susie, if they show Ghana’s beautiful parts how does that promote the cause one direction went there for? They didn’t go for play they went to do charity for the needy not promote the wealth of Ghana. And believe me am never concerned about what ppl think of me or my ppl regardless of their colour. I love to hear how Ghana is progressing but who are those benefiting from this growth? The ppl moaning about these guys are unlikely to be doing much about these issues in any case so I guess we continue to live in ignorance of the role we play in keeping ourselves in poverty where the Whitman is happy to see us in! 

    Susie Reply:

    @GoldenGurl, my dear, the fact that they went for charity work is not justification for them to have taken selective photos to promote the storyline of Ghana being a deprived country. No one is saying they should have taken pics of the most beautiful places in Ghana but a pic or two about the places they passed, where they stayed, they people they talked to would have presented a more truthful picture. I’m glad you don’t care what people think about you but the sad news is that the stereotypes about Africa affect all of us negatively. How? It’s been documented that African immigrants living in the U.S. & Europe encounter difficulty in getting jobs, places to rent etc thanks to these stereotypes. Which employer will like to hire a bushman/ bushgirl? And as I’ve said several times, don’t think that the fact that other people haven’t advertised their charity work like one direction did means they’re not doing anything. Several of us are working very hard to eradicate poverty in Ghana just that we’re not doing it in a public manner to make ourselves look good like these 1 direction people.

  • miss james

    WHATS THE DEBATE HERE?IS WITH US ANYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD AND GHANA IS PART OF THE WORLD,IS SO HAPPENS WE DONT WANT ANOTHER PERSON FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY TO TELL US, BUT IS TRUE.LETS STOP NAGGING AND HELP SOMEONE WHO NEEDS IT.

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  • http://topvincent.com Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri

    You guys are just missing the point…Who cares about the real intention of One-Direction? Either their intention was good or bad, I do not care. It is not their duty to help these children. If we have cared for these many Ghanaians struggling, would they have found anything to say when they visited? If you fail to clean your house, you open it for all manner of people to talk about it. Even if their houses are dirty, it does not stop them from talking about your dirty house. Go and talk about theirs too if you want and if that is what will help your dirty house get clean…

    Why can’t we accept that majority of Ghanaians are struggling and need help.
    What I am more upset about is the various celebrities throwing out sentences to One-Direction for tweeting the photos of the poor children they came in contact with in Ghana and talking about them or about the situation. They have at least given these children a voice, they have brought their situation to the public and have brought their plight to be known by many, that is why we are even talking about it today.

    What do these Ghanaian celebrities do? They drive or walk pass these children every day. They see hungry children every, those selling PKs on the street and occasionally give them some coins.
    These children have no voices and they have to be heard or seen. How many of the celebrities have taken photos of these children to even tweet them and say; gov’t help these poor children or the better in society, please help these children? Instead, they continue to take photos of their cheap and fake shoes, bags, phones and tweet every day. That is what is important to them every day. To One Direction, they saw that the children were important last night and gave them some publicity too.

    If you won’t do it and someone does it, shut the hell up and stop trying to find a reason for person’s actions. Their intention may be bad but I don’t care, what I care about is, today their tweet about these children may bring the children some food. The children were on E! today and it means our President may be called by his friends or may be ashamed and decide to think about these children when he go to sleep.

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    Dr.Miyagi Reply:

    You make great point in your comments but let me ask you this without any argument, you claim ghana celebs are not doing anything for the poor and that they are so quick to jump into conclusion,but you keep posting topics about charities they do and how some of them are doing something good on the other hand I remember some time ago you mention that this website is worth 7 figures how come after so many years you couldn’t voice something like that out and let them know what they are doing wrong or set up a charity and give back cause I’m sure you haven’t forgotten where you came from so how do you explain that@Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri,

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    Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri Reply:

    @Dr.Miyagi, I give out a lot…This Christmas, I sent over 800 pounds to Ghana so some people can also enjoy some Christmas food and meat.

    Not announcing all I do does not mean I am not doing it. I do not believe in charities, most of them are scams…I will rather give out directly to the people…

    You may ask why? One of my friends who works at a hotel in London once told me that some directors or managers of a charity came there for a meeting, and guess how much the bill was, 6 thousand pounds for their stay and food…Where is that money going to be taken from? The same charity money that people gave to help some needy…6 thousand of that is already gone.

    I wish everyone has the means to directly make an impact and not through those foundations or charities, because mostly, their operations even cost more than the money the needy receives…

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    Dr. Miyagi Reply:

    @Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, thank you for your feedback I appreciated, you have been loud and clear and made some good point hope others will read and stand up and so something about it I mean to send £800 to help which is 2,436 new Ghana cedis in old Ghana cedi is 25, 367, 875old Ghana cedis tells me that you haven’t forgotten where you came from thumps up

    NAADU Reply:

    @Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, You may have a point. But here is the deal, these NGOs are 9-10 founded by pple who are already wealthy. they want to attract more wealthy men for a course. Ok you want them to feel respected. so they can chose to host them knowing who/ere they are can factor in where they sleep or host. it’s a strategy.
    Now one does not have to wait for Chrismas once a year to give. Think of it, if God gives freely, how much monies goes in pastors coffers? they live larger than life! These Artists, works their butt off to earn whatever comes their way, it’s their choice to give or not.
    The thing is Government has been inresponsible in their duties and we fail to hold them accountable. Here we are, blaming each other.

    See, I choose to sponsor really brilliant children accademically, I offer trade training to needy and ready -- I mean really ready Parents so they turn the lives of their dependants around. Soo many trade or business cost less than 800 pounds or $1000 a year. I see progress!
    I wish i can extend but my bad, for now I souly concentrate on my clan and family roots in my home town, every one can begin somewhere.

    Mrs. Muntari or Donkor is an example.Nana Akua Addo and few others. I would rather see them voice out to the authorities in charge to demand them to produce and render to the nation what they are being paid to do in office.
    Lets hold these men you pple voted for accountable!!

    27cдгibre(Ф_ф) Reply:

    @Dr.Miyagi, thanks for this tangible question

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    Dr. Miyagi Reply:

    @27cдгibre(Ф_ф), your welcome bro

    27cдгibre(Ф_ф) Reply:

    @Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, yes and they will tweet and Africa will become like Europe right ???

    The game the white man plays is call MIND GAMES DO YOU KNOW AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY ARE GOING TO MAKE FROM IT ?AND WILL THEY MAKE ACCOUNT TO YOU ,COME ON LET CALL A SPADE A SPADE!!!

    I can just touch my phone and I will see what going on in Africa by googling it,are you saying they dont know there are poor children in Ghana before they took the flight to come???

    Those guys know everything about us ,

    And am not saying highlighting it is a problem the problem,they came with something dubious in MIND !!!

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    Susie Reply:

    @Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, I disagree with you. Of course there are a lot of poor people in Ghana. Until I finished University in Ghana, I used to be one of them because I was born in a poor home. I also taught at a Syto school for my national service so I know that some people are struggling in Ghana. But what we’re complaining about is the persistent negative media that African countries receive. Rick Ross went to Nigeria, saw all the beautiful places in Lagos etc. but chose to shoot his music video in Makoko, one of the worst slums there. Don’t you see an agenda in all this Chris? The Western media has always painted Africa as barbaric, backwards, deprived and they will continue to do so until we ask them to stop this nonsense. And if anyone thinks that poor children will be helped this way then they’re sadly mistaken. Now that One direction has used the children for their photo op & positive publicity, they’ll go back to the UK & continue from where they left off. No-one’s going to call President Mahama because the news came on E! and if they called him, do you seriously think he’ll drop everything and go help the kids when there are other issues he’s tackling? so what purpose has it served? At the end of the day, no one can help us but we ourselves. It’s time for us to stop believing that Westerners care about us because they don’t.

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    Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri Reply:

    I stated that I don’t care about their agenda or intention…What I care about is the fact that they have done what we have not done…They have given these children a voice and a publicity people will pay millions to get…Through their actions, we are even discussion these children today,children who have been forgotten in society and by their own people.

    So you wanted them to go and tweet that, here we re in Ghana chilling with the movie stars or celebrities huh?

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    Susie Reply:

    @Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, firstly, they’re not the first people to have given poor people in Ghana ‘a voice’. Several Ghanaians, Africans and other people have been given poor people in Africa a voice for years but it just doesn’t make headline news on CNN. The fact that other people don’t trumpet their charity work like one direction just did doesn’t mean it’s not going on. You yourself talked about how you gave money for charity but kept hidden. Does it mean that since you didn’t broadcast your good deeds they never happened? My fiancé & I have worked together for almost a decade on his mum’s street children project. If we’ve not taken pictures of the street kids we’ve helped so far and paid school fees for and plastered it on the worldwide web, does it mean we’ve not done anything or given the kids a voice? Have the poor kids one direction met now been given a voice because they took videos of them clapping and singing one direction songs? No, I didn’t want them to take pictures of themselves chilling with movie stars but a pic or two about where they stayed in Ghana and the plush, air-conditioned car they used would have been nice so that we could all realize how they came to Ghana, chilled out at a hotel the whole day and spent only 30 mins with a group of poor kids for PR.

  • Sir

    I always say that development is not about painting the kerbs of the Tetteh Quashie roundabout white and hoping that the rest will take care of its self. That is the truth.

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    NAADU Reply:

    @Sir, lol…. you are Damn Right!!

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  • 27cдгibre(Ф_ф)

    I WILL SAY IT AGAIN THOSE BOYS MEAN BUSINESS BEFORE THEY CAME ,,THEY ARE GONNA MAKE A HUGE MONEY FROM THAT PICTURES…..

    Who have heard the Queen of England has offer money to the poor people in Ghana before?

    They dont care about us ,Michael Jackson said it

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNJL6nfu__Q&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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  • Auka

    What the person said is true. The government showed stop spending the money on them selves and should spend it on the country and the people. But i see the other side, Ghana is a beautiful country and should be recognized for that. Every country has its good and bad places that need help. Unfortunately when is comes to Africa all that is shown is the bad side. if it wasn’t for the movie ” the grooms bride”, i would not have known Gambia was that beautiful.

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  • Auka

    What i don’t understand is how they called the city Accra a village. before they do a report they should also reach on the country, not just the celebs.

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  • madam social

    gosh
    1 i m loving this article. i love controversial issues like this. i can’t choose side after reading all comments. oooh i love wanlov’s comment lol

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  • Addy

    The truth really does hurt. And there is blame on both sides. They should have been fair in their analysis of Ghana as a whole….there are some nice as well as some not so nice aspects. But then again they couldn’t and wouldn’t be talking about poverty if there was none….I mean at such a high level, affecting the majority of ghanaians. My point has always been that they could think and say whatever they wanted to…as long as they helped the nation in one way or the other. And so if they are going to concentrate on only the negative aspects as as to feel good about themselves but in the process find one way or the other to actually help the underprivileged, then why not? After all it’s not like the government, politicians and the minority of well to do ghanaians are doing much to help change or improve the situation.

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    Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri Reply:

    But they were in Ghana for a purpose…For a charity event looking at poor children living in the slums…That is their focus, so why should they bother with the rich part of Ghana?

    It seems you didn’t get why they came to Ghana…Hope you get it now :-)

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    27cдгibre(Ф_ф) Reply:

    @Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, so if they did came purposely for charity and bla bla they you go around twitting about the poverty ,what you have to know is it an insult !!!

    Secondly they mean business they did not came to Ghana solemnly for the charity projects,they came to advertise themselves .
    If a Ghanaian is the one who twit this you won’t hesitate to castigate him in this situation it white man so everything they say is tight .

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    Addy Reply:

    @Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri,I do agree with you on this controversial topic. I guess I wasn’t clear enough in my delivery. It’s good for one to be patriotic but not to the detriment of the progress in one’s nation. Certain ghanaians just do not want to accept the glaring fact that we do have some serious issues which need our urgent attention. We’d rather sit around and pretend that all is well….ready to attack anyone who says otherwise. Charity organizations exist for the less privileged and not the priviledged. For someone to contribute to your organization he or she must be fully convinced that the people really need the help you claim they do….and that’s certainly not by showing them pictures or videos of the very people you claim to be in dire need of help looking ‘pretty’ and living a comfortable life in a country that ‘has it all’….but rather by showing them the actual situation on the ground. When I heard that Ama.K was being interviewed on CNN concerning this very issue or some rumour of such sort, I was like here we go again. She gets her attention, they make unnecessary noise about the whole thing and before you know it we have totally forgotten the focal point of the whole issue…the children who need all the help they can get. And so if others were thinking of coming to Ghana at some point in time in the future to help in their own little way, you will find them looking elsewhere to go. And so at the end of the day who suffers the most? Not you and I, and definately not these celebrities, but rather the poor children. Sometimes you have to put your pride aside if you are to receive the help you know you need.  

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    Susie Reply:

    @Addy, I am not a child, so I have seen things like this before ie: in the 80s where celebrities organized ‘feed the world concert’, sang ‘we are the world’, & ‘do they know it’s christmas’. I’ve witnessed bono, bob Geldof & a thousand other celebrities coming over to Africa to ‘help’. Those days when you travelled to uk, there were several adverts on the tv featuring poor African children with their bones sticking out, portuding bellies & flies on their eyes. Ask yourself, where has all this taken us? Has it helped us in anyway? Are we not in the same condition we started from if even not worst? That should tell you that something must change. Some of you should read Dambisa Moyo’s book “Dead Aid” because it will make you realize that our attitude of always relying on foreigners for aid & handouts, thinking that will help us is actually killing us slowly. My dear, if it is now that you’ve realized that the poor children of Ghana need help, do something about it as a Ghanaian! Stop relying on One-Direction to come & help you & think that their fake publicity stunt is going to help any poor child- it will not. By the grace of God, besides my regular job I work with a streets children NGO to put street kids through school. I also cook & teach at an orphanage every summer vacation (3 months). If every Ghanaian would volunteer in this way, we won’t need to wait for a group of dirty white boys to come to Ghana & insult us just because we want some small pesewas from them.

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  • Endowed

    We all know they tweeted these things to get publicity and nothing else because if they didn’t want publicity why was E news there. I’m tired of Africa being portrayed in a bad light, the are so many positive things that the light need to be shined on

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  • boom

    i get the writer’s point but if someone tweets “Just arrived back from Accra,Ghana! Best life experience ever! and then tweets “I’ve seen the slums right in front of me! This is no joke! They really need your help!… then it just seems as if the whole of accra (at least) is a slum… people need to realize that apart from helping the poor(which is definitely very important) we need to project a positive image of the country, if nothing at all to help bring in tourists..leading to more development,n a better economic situation for EVERYBODY … i dont believe people will want to visit a country that is pretty much a slum!!!  i believe the definitely could have put it better

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  • luckyluke

    I am getting so tired of coming into these posts and seeing the same nappy heads already sittin in it! DAYUUM!! Some of yall been sittin in front of your computers since 9 AM! Probably didn’t wash and brush your teeth! Go outstide for a walk! Call your man-or girl…guess you don’t have one…..by the way i co-sign with u bubbie….

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  • luckyluke

    i mean i co-sign with you chris…..

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  • Joy

    I concur wit d group.Serves gh rite

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