Many a times, I have asked myself what defines a true celebrity and what is expected of them from the society and country as a whole. Doctors are expected to cure, carpenters to fix furniture, Drivers to take people to their destinations and so on.
From my understanding, a celebrity is generally a person in society who is famous or known by the widest number of people in that particular society. Oops, I just answered myself.
There are certain roles and responsibilities expected from celebrities, the same way expectations are high when it comes to other professions.
People in the limelight should be talented, charismatic and be able to throw in the attention magnet everywhere they go.
Many celebrities all around the world are believed to be artistic, talented, creative and skilful. That explains the buzz people make about them and the respect they gain.
If they put in less efforts or the public realize they’ve got no talent, they are rebuked and looked down upon. Asamoah Gyan, for instance, is a footballer people admire and look up to. As a footballer, a lot of flair on the field is expected from him. His performance is being evaluated and judged day in and out.
That explains why people passed poor judgements and comments when he failed to deliver at the 2010 world cup during the last match. Celebrities shine and glow because some of them posses a certain unique and inexplicable talent while others just suck. Yes, I said suck.
No disrespect, but what many celebrities do on TV, Radio and on stage is repulsive. Acting, Sports, Singing, Rapping, Casting news and so on comes with a lot of effort to wow their audience.
Celebrities are required to bring outstanding performance to the table when it comes to talent. Once you say you can do it because you got the talent, then you got to prove yourself.
Let’s be frank, some Ghanaian celebrities are just simply untalented. These are the self acclaimed ones, the celebrity crushers whose roles are not up to satisfaction.
As Lupe Fiasco said, “If you are what you say you are, a superstar, have no fear, the camera is here and the microphone, they wanna know”.
Unfortunately, some Ghanaian celebrities get flustered when interviewed, others forcefully put up irritating and phony performances on TV. They lack ideas and knowledge on their field and are not proficient in what they do.
Closely related to above, apart from the scripts some Ghanaian Actors and Actresses rattle in movies, they cannot articulate themselves off camera or when caught on the street even. This is a basic part of their job spec-Public relations.
Talent, according to the America Heritage Dictionary is ‘a natural endowment or ability of a superior quality’. Therefore, not all celebrities have real talent, most of them feign it or push so hard, just to get noticed, get public attention and enjoy stardom and fame.
Once we evaluate Doctors, lawyers, drivers and others, so should all Ghanaian celebrities be well talented and comfortable at what they do or else they will be judged. If it’s not yours, do not force it.
Which Ghanaian celebrity can be dubbed as the most talented and who has the least talent in the industry? You decide!