OB Amponsah opens up on serious threats received after ‘Mahama joke’

OB Amponsah opens up on serious threats received after ‘Mahama joke’

Ghanaian stand-up comedian OB Amponsah has disclosed he was traumatized by the insults and criticisms heaped on him by some members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) following a joke he said about the party’s flag-bearer.

The popular comedian during a performance at this year’s edition of Decemba2Rememba mentioned that the name ‘Mahama’ is synonymous with corruption in Hausa.

Deemed an expensive joke, a salvo of attacks hit OB Amponsah on Thursday, December 26 – few hours to his performance at the ‘Night of 1026 Laughs & Music’.

Recounting his ordeal in an interview with GhanaWeb, OB Amponsah said he contemplated calling it quits after the unwarranted attacks on his person after that harmless joke.

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“It was tough,” he admitted. “There was a point I cried. The threats were crazy. I don’t know how they got my number. When they call you and they don’t get you, they text you the insults. A lot of concerns… At a point, I was scared for my [life]. But I had some NDC folks calling me that they’re trying to calm nerves. It really got to me.There’re ideas that came in my mind. I almost quit comedy,” OB Amponsah recounted.

There were concerns he would not be able to deliver considering how he had been verbally abused but the comedian did not disappoint as he blew the audience away with his witty jokes.

On how he nailed it in the midst of the brouhaha, the comedian and optometrist divulged it was not as easy as it seemed.

“It took a lot psychologically. I think Ghanaian acts need psychologists to fine-tune [their] minds before [they] go on stage because I really needed that yesterday. I was down. I was broken.”

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In other news, Over 1,500 children in and around the Dome-Kwabenya Constituency were treated to good food and music on Boxing Day, December 26 by their MP, Sarah Adwoa Safo.

The NPP member of parliament also gave the children some exercise books and other items as their Christmas gift.

She told journalists who were present at the event that, the gesture is part of the many activities her foundation, the Adwoa Safo Foundation undertook throughout 2019.

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