Over the last 12 months Ghanaians have sat and watched numerous events and controversies play out in the media. From the outrageous, to the downright hilarious, thanks to the media's attention Ghanaians have watched public figures and/or celebrities experience triumph, humiliation, and everything in between.
1. Dumelo V8 - When you're a celebrity, it's hard to keep a secret.
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Placed in celebrity actor, John Dumelo's position many would have done things exactly the same way he did, even though some would say otherwise. Let's be honest, if someone dashed you not one, but TWO V8s, you won't take them? No way. But maybe a more devious mind would know that many enjoy a good controversy, and that he was in a position to provide onlookers with that very thing...controversy.
2. Afia Schwarzenegger's Blanket Man - When in doubt, know your way out.
It'd be hard to say that one was in Ghana over the last four months and say that one didn't hear about Afia Schwarzenegger's nuclear breakup with her former husband, Abrokwah.
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More importantly, her mysterious lover who the entire country will forever remember as the "Blanket man" showed us that a man can be only as brave as his conscious, and Blanket Man didn't think the time for bravery had come at all. Blanket Man also taught us that it pays to be handy when armed only with a bedroom blanket, in other words, "thou shalt be quick and handy with the blanket," and all we want to do is get him out of hiding so we can learn from the master himself...Hai, Blanket Master Sensei!
3. President Akuffo Addo's pidgin tweet - When you over bronforize, it pays to Pidginize small.
Ghanaians are well aware of President Nana Akuffo Addo's eloquence when it comes to speaking the Queen's language, so when he tweeted a birthday wish to Shatta Wale, we're pretty sure more than a few people did a double take to make sure their eyes weren't deceiving them.
Maybe the moral of this story is that it pays to change it up a little, and to not be afraid to let people see you in a different light, as long as it's still a positive one.
4. Abena Korkor saga - It pays to stay on one's medication.
Abena Korkor's struggle with mental illness is one that's been much documented, especially since it's been one filled with controversy. After recently making more allegations, Abena later apologized for her actions even she later stated that her allegations were true. Nevertheless, maybe due to her condition it appears that her allegations have been easily forgotten by the Ghanaian public.
5. Kwame A Plus BOST deal - Talking the talk and walking the walk are not the same thing.
After making several accusations, A Plus was hit with an accusation concerning his relationship with the Bulk Oil Storage and Transpiration Company Limited (BOST) that he was making tons of money. In a fit of indignation, the artist announced that he wrote a letter [that very day] to BOST cancelling his deal with the company, something he later said he was yet to do for one reason or another.
6. Yvonne Nelson's stealth skills - If you don't want your business out there, don't talk about it.
Probably a contradiction of the first lesson but, hey, Yvonne Nelson's case can definitely be a special one. After denying rumors of her being pregnant, recent reports have had it that she delivered a beautiful baby girl last weekend, leaving most completely shocked as to how she kept it all (including the baby bump) under wraps the whole time.
7. And finally Kojo Yankson - Thou shalt not blame the "tchitchinga" seller, for he is eternally blameless.
After delivering what must've seemed [to him] like a well thought and delivered breakdown of events that led up to Atomic Junction gas filling station explosion, it must've been quite the surprise for Mr. Yankson to see the social media backlash that was directed at him.
Fortunately, as all mature broadcasters should do, Mr. Yankson used his platform to render an apology for what many thought was an instance of "fake news and bad journalism".
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