Ama K. Abebrese Responds to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Bashing | Defending the Indefensible

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Ama K. Abebrese
Ama K. Abebrese

Ghanaian actress/TV personality-Ama K. Abebrese is one of the many African celebrities who have been bashed online for their participation in the on-going ALS Ice Bucket Challenged, aimed at raising funds for ALS. So far the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over 50 million dollars…

Though Ama K. Abebrese is more than a friend to this blog, we still could not sit back without telling her the obvious truth—we did so in our yesterday’s publication.

Defending her action, Ama K Abebrese has said among other things that, she does not know when donating money to a charity became a problem, because that is exactly what she did.

The question is; which charity did she take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to donate money to?

She had previously mentioned that there is no ALS charity in Ghana and so she was going to donate to the Children’s Heart Foundation Ghana. No one has a problem with her donation, but you do not have to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to be able to donate to the Children’s Heart Foundation Ghana—and this is where many of us think she got it wrong.

The whole ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become a celebrity publicity gimmick, especially among the African celebrities…

Somewhere in the world, former Baywatch star and a life-long animal rights activist-Pamela Anderson has turned down the Ice Bucket Challenge over ALS animal testing ethical issues.

“Sorry – I can’t bring myself to do your Ice bucket challenge,” she wrote via her Facebook page.

“I enjoy a good dare – It’s always good to bring awareness – in fun, creative ways. I don’t want to take away from that, but it had me thinking. Digging a bit deeper, I found that we may not be aligned – in our messages.

“So I thought Instead I’d challenge ALS to stop Animal testing. Recent experiments funded by the ALS Association, mice had holes drilled into their skulls, were inflicted with crippling illnesses, and were forced to run on an inclined treadmill until they collapsed from exhaustion. Monkeys had chemicals injected into their brains and backs and were later killed and dissected.

“What is the result of these experiments (other than a lot of suffering)?”

She continues: “In the past decade, only about a dozen experimental ALS treatments have moved on to human trials after being shown to alleviate the disease in animals. All but one of these treatments failed in humans—and the one that “passed” offers only marginal benefits to humans who suffer from ALS.

“This massive failure rate is typical for animal experiments, because even though animals feel pain and suffer like we do, their bodies often react completely differently to drugs and diseases. According to the FDA, 92 out of every 100 drugs that pass animal trials fail during the human clinical trial phase.”

“Trying to cure human diseases by relying on outdated and ineffective animal experiments isn’t only cruel—it’s a grave disservice to people who desperately need cures.”

She concluded with the following plea: “Please, help scientists make real progress toward treating and curing human diseases by visiting to find and support charities that never harm animals and which pour their time and resources into advanced, promising, human-relevant cures.”

My problem is, many of us join social media campaigns without taking time to understand the direction, the ethical issues and accompanying protests. In fact, we have Ebola, Malaria, Child Labour and other pressing needs in Africa which we can look at, yet, our stars seem not to have any interest in these…

Anyway, check below for what Ama K. Abebrese had to say in full…

Ama K. Abebrese
Ama K. Abebrese


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Ama K Abebrese



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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 Adukus Solicitors in London--where he uses his legal brains to kick real ass, for the good of clients and humanity. Contact: [email protected]


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  1. Goodmorning from America. Well first of all I would like to say tht am a bit disappointed in our so called celebrities. Quotes*the attention seekers *.since Ebola came out and was affected by these two American doctors and now have been cured with whatever drug they used. Am asking o tht why didn’t these same Americansociety do anything to challenge the disease. When are we going to wake up as Africans. Our celebrities don’t act like celebrities, they don’t recognize the fact that these people who have been affected the ebola disease are the same people they call them their fans,? Am not mentioning any names why our celebrities decided to call names they just mentioned stars in America who don’t give a shit about what is happening in Africa. Why do we love foreigners more than. Ourselves Secondary Ama K Hmmmmm sorry but to tell you the trut just because some girl nominated you for ALS challenge doesn’t mean you should do it too. I heard you nominated Menaye and dentaa, am asking o please have they accepted the challenge yet or Mabe they’re being smart like us by nut accepting.? Well enough said.all am going to say is Africans should learn how to love themselves first and stop these copycat game especially our so called wana be celebrities… Amout

  2. Donno why but this ama k gal pisses me off. She act all holy gud gal Bt comes across as a wannabe.since she came back to gh from uk she has been parading herself as a celebrity wid her annoying voice. Wat irks me more is da stupid anti bleacking campaign she started puting mcbrown on board knowing reali well she bleached. Gal live and let live. Gosh

        1. Hey sweety hope your good, topics are always the same instagram this instagram that, and just stayimg away from drama queens

  3. Ama K, whateva u say; this is a typical misplaced priority; if this ice backet challenge didn’t cme; wld u hve still donated to to Children’s heart found. in GH & I saw funnyface’s tweet abt how westerner’s helped Africa in the “bring back our girls” campaign…..I was soooo disappointed in him fr tweeting tht; both r way too different to be compared. SMDH.

  4. Just stupid and she won’t shut up. I can imagine her saying that in her screeching voice. Wannabe people with misplaced priorities. All the problems we have in Africa and you want to talk about things you don’t even know well. Go and be a celeb in America then so they will leave you to be free to follow them. Since it is this Ghana you claim you ate a celeb in, we will talk when you fool. Just agree that you fokup and keep quiet.

  5. Pls dont bring Pamela Anderson and her stupid reasons in dis article. I was enjoying it until u brought dat slut in. If we dont test on animal how can medicine be made? She is a hypocrite with hep. I bet u if dey find a cure for hep and it was tested on animals, she will be de first to buy. Ama, just bow ur head in disgrace and move on. Good dat u donated but de challenge was unnecessary JS okkkkkkk. And all u commenters here, why dont we start raising money to research malaria, cholera, and stupidity

  6. Black people do not get ALS. She is not in the medical field, so she knows nothing. I will allow her comment this one time. Even if you are not in the medical field you should educate yourself. Just like how sickle cell affects mostly blacks and not any other race. The chances of other races getting a disease that does not run in their race is low, so diseases do discriminate. There are many problems in Africa. You would think that would be the first problems they would tackle, before going for the rest of the world problems.