Ghanaian Celebrities: Do They Really Understand What this is All About?

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Menaye Donkor shared this message few days ago
Menaye Donkor shared this message few days ago

I wouldn’t waste your time explaining to you who a celebrity is, because in our part of the world, anyone who appears on TV is placed into the shinning star box of celebrities. Even at the international front, being a celebrity today does not have any sort of real correlation with ‘to celebrate’.

But one thing both the deserving and worthy celebrity title holders in the West have in common is; they understand what being a celebrity is about—at least most of them do. It is about fame, it is about trading a huge percent of your privacy for silly things like red carpet appearances and turning yourself into a news punching bag so that the blogs, the tabloids and the newspapers can attack you from all angles. The Court even accepts this—to some greater extent.

The reality of life is that, you do not gain anything without having to give away something and the Western celebrities perfectly understand and embrace this.

The whole celebrity lifestyle and pop culture is alien to us but we love the West more than ourselves, so we’ve all bought into it, and since we even copy things of less substance from the West, this seems far better in value to be copied.

However, our celebrities and those who desperately want to wear the celebrity crown do not understand the relationship between a celebrity, the fans and the media. They want to become celebrities—in fact they believe they are but have no clue what the lifestyle entails.

I wouldn’t want to say they are ignorant because that does not capture it all, some are plainly stupid without any understanding of what part of their lifestyles people are keenly interested in…

No one really cares about Jackie Appiah’s Charity works, though we may pay occasional attention to that. Unfortunately, we are more interested in who she is ‘chopping down’ at night than which church she attends on Sundays.

In the world of celebrities, the only valuable news to the media and even the fans centre on what these celebrities do not want the public to know. There has always been an increasing tension of hide and seek between celebrities and the media and it will forever remain this way.

Can you imagine how far the kick-boxing between Solanage and Jay-Z travelled? My mother who does not even know who the heck Solange is had the ‘beat down’ footage on her phone. I am sure Solange does a lot of charity work and good things in this world but the media and even the real fans do not really care. Nothing Solange has done under the sun has gotten such attention before…

Anyone who follows celebrities has an unquenchable taste for gossip and the Western celebrities know this, so they work hard each day to camp the negative elements behind the walls—but trust the blogs and the tabloids to know where to dig for the nasty and shocking gossip.

I wouldn’t buy a tabloid newspaper or visit a celebrity blog if I am not looking to read some good gossip and feed my taste for negative news.

Let Beyonce wear the greatest outfit and she will be placed at some little corner with tiny font of words on top of the picture but let her make a mistake and show her boobies on a red carpet—and she will be hugely plastered on front pages with all manner of words written in thick fonts. That is what the celebrity culture is all about; no one really gives a damn about you when you are rising or when you are being good but we care so much when you are going down the drain.

Ironically, celebrities want the media and fans to know about their good deeds. But when the bad hits them, they hate the same media and fans when they dedicate a whole year gossiping and giggling about it.

Let me bring this to our own backyard. We were all here when the relationship between Nadia Buari and Jim Iyke was pushed down our throats with several instagram photos of the two, being mostly shared by them. They wanted us all to know they were dating and whenever they did something great together, they will call the bloggers and journalists to have these things reported. But when rumours of their inevitable break-up dropped, they got upset that we decided to talk about it.

Menaye Donkor subtly called people who discuss other people’s business (she meant those discussing her marriage) shallow this week with an instagram photo she shared—all because people are talking about her alleged break-up with Sulley Muntari. When the image she shared was brought to my attention, I said; ‘oh so now the fans and the writers who have decided to talk about your rumoured relationship break-up are shallow minded’ yet, when it was all flourishing, you and your PR consistently sent us photos and all manner of stories about you and your relationship with Sulley for publication/discussion.

The hard truth is that, it SUCKS to be a celebrity—and only a few cares about what you are doing right with majority of the people being interested in the gossip and what you are doing wrong. It has always been this way and it will forever be this way.

No one cares about what they already know (they have that), what they are interested in is what they do not have/know (what is being hidden from them). I wouldn’t be much interested if you bring something out of your pocket to show me. But I would definitely want to know what is in your pocket if it looks puffy and you seem to be covering it up.

The celebrity lifestyle is all about the two Gs-Glamour & Gossip—nothing more is of any significance to the night-watchers who are on alert to report and the fans/haters who are waiting to read or hear.

I wouldn’t run a celebrity blog if I do not have a ‘sweet ear’ for good gossip. And you wouldn’t be here either if you are not looking for the gossip.

It may interest you to know that, behind closed doors—I do hold long conversations with many of these celebrities. They love the gossip and will go on and on about it when it is not about them—especially when it is about someone they do not really like.

But the moment they become the subjects of interest, they begin to act as if, they hate gossip and put up this sort of contempt posture towards those devouring the gossip and adding to it.

I understand it if a celebrity puts on a ‘defensive armour’ when he or she hits the gossip headlines in an attempt to protect his or her interest. But when the person makes it as if those dissecting the gossip are purely evil and wrong, then it is an indication that, such a person has no understanding of what the core of the celebrity lifestyle is about…

As an Editor, I can tell you that an interesting and ‘meaningful’ article on GhanaCelebrities.Com will normally get about 150,000 views in a week while a good gossip will receive about 500,000 views in a week. Now tell me, who are those doing the viewing? Some ghosts from ‘Awudome’ cemetery…right? Since I do not want to read about ‘Conspiracy Theories’, I do not visit AboveTopSecret and Vigilant Citizen…

Celebrity scandals sell and that is what people want to read so if you don’t still get the game as a Ghanaian celebrity, give the crown to someone else and go out there to become a school teacher—stay out of the media for good and we will never bother you. After all, I have not seen anyone talking about my cousin’s husband who cheated on her, leading to a divorce. While at it, close down those instagram, twitter and facebook pages and stop posting your life photos.

Celebrities do not dictate what people should discuss or have interest in when it comes to their persons—they only wish they can. The best they can do is to try and hide the skeletons. But with time, we still get to hear the good gossip…

We love and have supported Menaye Donkor and several of the other celebrities from day—and we will continue to do this. But when the gossip drops, we will dig deeper into it too since we all have ‘sweet ears’…If you want us to discuss you when you are doing good (looking beautiful at the parties, red carpet appearances and on holidays) and call yourself a celebrity, you should also allow us to discuss you when it gets dark in your world.

‘If you love for yourself’ some good celebrity gossip, just shout AMEN!



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Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, Founding Editor
Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri is the Founding Editor of GhanaCelebrities.Com , a Film Critic and a Human Rights Advocate; he holds 2 masters degrees in Law; International Human Rights Law (LL.M) and Legal Practice Course (LL.M) from University of Leicester and Nottingham Law School--and also a degree in Law (LL.B) from University of East London. He's a Professional Truth Sayer and he is the author of the popular eBook “Success is a Right, Not A Privilege.” He currently works at Fortwell Solicitors in London--where he uses his legal brains to kick real ass, for the good of clients and humanity. Contact: Vincent@topvincent.com

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  1. AMEN & AMEN & AMEN! Chris you said it best.

    Our so called celebrities, like to be called celebrities and they love to live like celebrities(even though most of them cant afford it), but they forget that once you choose to be a celeb the price of privacy becomes higher.
    They need to remember that being a celeb, people will be in your face/issues whether you like it or not.

    Miss Menaye, I will discuss you, so yeah, i have a small mind. LOL

  2. AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN. You can see how many Amens I shouted. I always say these local champions need education and exposure. They want to celebrities but they don’t want the heat when it is coming from the kitchen? What nonsense is that. They want to tell us what to discuss about them and what not to do? Chris, you are exposed and intelligent and the problem most of these Ghanaian celebrities may have gone to school but they lack intellect and that amount of exposure. They go about saying I am a celebrity and yet they don’t want the blogs and tabloids to come with the gossip? What a celebrity without gossip? Nkwasiasem.

  3. I forgot to add that. GC is the only blog I read when it comes to Ghana Entertainment and Celebrity gossip and news. Because you are the only ones doing it right and know how to do it. The rest are stomach journalists who copy and paste nonsense with many mistakes all the time

    1. My dear say that again. GC is my homepage! You get all the juicy gossip here and mostly GC is FIRST to write about it. I dont know how they get their info…. but the GC team is the best.

      1. Without GC there is no Ghana entertanment news lol. All the others come and steal from them here. I come here more than 100 times a day and apart from the articles, the comments are also f*cking hilarious lol

        1. Tell me about i hold my phone every minute at work. Just for the best entertainment. Am even thinking of getting extra phone just incase the other one goes bad. Chris is too much never he would go this far after all the clubgh and ghana.co.uk/chat room funs. He rocks!!!

    2. That is so true..this is where I get all the juicy news in entertainmnet…good job GC…continue to do what you know best.

    3. hahahaha very true GC all the way. three night ago i caught my hubby who claims ghanaweb has the best and juicy fila on GC. He actually confessed he enjoys all the comments and article here. Kudos Chris God did gave you the vision and now this site is on top.

  4. If this is how foolish Menaye is, I am not sorry Muntari is leaving her bleached ass. She really posted that message on instagram? Was she not the one posting photos from Cannes and charity work for the press so we can see and talk about? Now her loser ass is being left she is saying what?

    Chris that is once again another great article. you are the man of this

    1. She wants to be called a celebrity but does not behave like a celebrity. She wants us to say Menaye looks good all the time but when she looks bad we should become mumu all of a sudden

  5. AMEN AMEN AMEN
    Chris you are true legend journalist. You did not hide a single fact about so called thef Menaye Donkor. This article is the best so far in the world. Menaye you see how is not just haters that had exposure you but big mind with decent qualification had open up with your evil deeds. You can charm Muntari but you cannot charm the rest of the world. Shame unto your evil world.

  6. Amenooooooooo this is why i stan for the western celebs, they understand what being rich and famous is about, they address rumors through their publicists and keep it moving. I hope most of these ghanaian celebs will ff the western celebs on social media and learn something, am not talking about Kimk cos shes a media attention whore.

  7. AMENOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    Gloria be to God the highest this time juju will not work for you. Now people will know what abapapabi send about Menaya and the media. Menaya you are at the moment the most disgraceful celebrity in the world. No one will believe you anymore your trust for adopted county Ghana is lost. Go and get serious confession and deliverance.

    1. Wait a second, let me get this one right. Are you saying she used juju on Sulley and the juju has expired or what? You have to explain how she was caught and all that juicy stuff, you know.

  8. Big Amen
    Being a celebrity is just not about showing of merits and ugly cloths. Menaye your small mind people you address did not just expose your fake marriage but pure clean journalist had voiced their share which I don’t need to repeat them to you. I can see you had very poor upbringing besides you mind is full of literate ideas. So tell me who are the small minds here? Good quality beads does not make noise you are full of s…………………..t NO wonder Sulley want to divorce you

  9. Who made this bleached Menaye a celebrity? She has no clue what damage she is doing to herself by retorting to her alleged divorce. silence is golden and in her case keeping silence will be equivalent to damage control. Menaye simply SHUT UP and go get a decent paid job as the free goodies will no longer be available. Hope you did not use all the football money on designer goodies as you may need a house of your own to practice the trade you are best known for.

    1. Like I said above, everyone in Ghana is a celebrity. Menaye is like any Ghanaian doing some fake charity work but we have given her a celebrity and she has also accepted it living it. So now that we are talking about her she is saying we have small minds? Menaye, wo maame ne wo papa are those with small minds

  10. Ghanaian celebrities are jokers and bush people who do not understand what being a true celebrity is about. In Ghana, every fool is a celebrity because the person has feature in some soap or condom advert. see you the nonsense which goes into their mind?

    Chris tell them and let them know what being a true celebrity is about. This is why GC Rocks! AMEN ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  11. Menaye, u r sooo ryt. Leave the against members to go drown in the sea. Against baa gbo. Chai! Menaye all the way. N by the way, u rock!

    1. Be honest with yourself, the old woman is not rocking at all. All her veins are popping out. Are you blind or what?!

  12. Menaye,as the Bitcoin C.E.O. said shortly before her death, thats the price you pay for fame. Should the tables turn round, you would be bashing me too. Keep on insulting GC and we the dear readers and we would be watching. Actually I need a dose of juicy gossip and nothing would stop me from coming here.Look we just talking about your marriage and you pissed?I once read an article circulating on the net allegedly saying Beyoncé has bad breathe.How humiliating!but Bey has never responded to it even though she may have seen it.I don’t believe a word of that but how embarrassing is that? The worst thing to do as a celeb is to read stuff about you or respond to allegations whether true or false. You could respond but it should be the worst scenario or really,really,really necessary to.Wise up and save yourself the heartache but any way we will still be watching!

  13. These Ghanaian celebrities dont know a thing about being a celebrity and I understand they dont even understand the term celebrity. First of all I dont know how some of these people are celebrities when they dont even have any money to take care of themselves or do not do anything under this sun except post tacky photos on instagram.

    They should go and check the foreign gossip websites and see how things are done there. Chris let me say AMEN 1000 times because me I want to hear and know.

  14. Now Menaya is not only the Muntari and his family you disrespect but the whole media and the Ghanaian community. Think before you act you see yourself as the small mind person here instead. Amen Amen Amen

  15. Amen ooooooooooo
    This is total disrespect for the media and Ghanaian community. I don’t think Menaye will had done this to her county of birth Canada. Now ugly bleached Skelton you see yourself as the small minded person. Get a job and stop eating from the public.

  16. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH AMEN OOOOOO brother!!! I love gossip and thats why I am always here to feed my eyes!!!!