- There are some Ghanaian celebrities who launched businesses in the past but which are no more functioning
- They include Sarkodie, John Dumelo, football star Stephen Appiah, Kwaku Manu, and singer Mzbel
- Four of the listed celebrities launched clothing lines, while Kwaku Manu built a school which later collapsed
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Some Ghanaian celebrities ventured into businesses that enjoyed massive hype at the initial stages but died or collapsed not long after.
They are musicians, actors, and football stars who thought it wise to have personal business aside from their career.
For various reasons, the business could not hold despite the overwhelming support and patronage they got from the public.
YEN.com.gh brings you the collapsed businesses of Sarkodie, Mzbel, Kwaku Manu, John Dumelo, and football star Stephen Appiah.
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1. Sarkodie: The star rapper launched a clothing line Sark Collections in 2013. There were branded shirt, cap, and belt which all had the ‘Sark’ label. Unfortunately, the brand is no longer trending, and even if there products, it has no patronage.
2. J-Melo: J-Melo is also a clothing line brand established by actor and politician John Dumelo in 2011. Just like the Sark Collection, J-Melo also had customised shirt, belt, cap, jewellery line, hair pieces, handbags, casual African apparels and African-print boxer shorts, and others. It also seems to have gone dormant:
3. Michibelino: Singer Mzbel also launched her Michibelino clothing line in 2013. The brand name Michibelino became popular after Mzbel revealed on the red carpet at the 2011 Ghana Music Awards (GMA) that she was styled by Michibelino. She proceeded to open a shop at Sakaman to run the business but it did not last:
4. Stephen Appiah: Ghanaian football star, Stephen Appiah, also launched a clothing line StepApp in 2007. It included customised T-shirts, shoes, wallets and purses, bags, jeans and jackets. Today, the brand seems to be non-existent:
Even in this photo, Appiah rocks a Gucci belt rather than one from StepApp:
5. Kwaku Manu: The comic Kumawood actor, Kwaku Manu, opened a school named Kwaku Manu Educational Complex, in Kumasi in 2014. However, the school closed down in 2019, following accusations. According to the actor, his colleague actor, Kwadwo Nkansah Lil Win, ‘snatched’ his pupils after opening his Great Minds International School. Kwaku Manu accused Lil Win of poisoning the minds of parents to withdraw their wards from his school hence the close down:
Father of celebrities
Earlier, YEN.com.gh published photos of the fathers of eight popular celebrities.
They are photos of fathers of Jackie Appiah, Afia Schwar, Mzbel, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Lydia Forson, Moesha Boduong, and Kuami Eugene.
Collapsed celebs’ businesses - Ameyaw Debrah explains why most of them were unsuccessful; especially Sark and Mzbel
Our celebrities are blessed to have supportive fathers even though they mostly operate behind the scenes and would not make the headlines often.
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