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There’s nothing wrong with creatives endorsing political parties – Akofa Edjeani

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Veteran Ghanaian actress, Akofa Edjeani has asserted that there is no issue with creatives endorsing and aligning themselves with a specific political party.

She mentioned during an interview on 3FM’s Sunrise on Friday, June 21, 2024 that everyone has the right to choose their political affiliations, including creatives. The actress expressed that the negative reactions from Ghanaians towards creatives supporting a political party are unwarranted and have led to unnecessary animosity.

Akorfa detailed by saying that the “pettiness” of Ghanaians has rather misconstrued such act and caused hate against creatives who chose to associate with a particular political party.

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“I really don’t think there is anything wrong with that because we all have our political affiliations and so if you are a creative person you feel like endorsing a party, there’s nothing wrong with that,”

“Your business suffers, everything you do, if you are not lucky that your candidate wins and the opponent come to power, you are dead. They will sabotage everything and anything that you do. I think its very unfortunate and for me I think its petty,” she said.

The renowned actress cited examples from the American entertainment industry, where figures like Oprah Winfrey openly support political parties without facing backlash.

Akofa further shared a personal experience where she benefited from a policy by the NDC’s flagbearer to provide cars to creatives who couldn’t afford them. However, when President Akufo-Addo assumed power, the vehicle was taken away without explanation, causing financial strain.

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“He (John Mahama) started with 50. They gave 25 to Kumasi and the North and 25 to Accra for both actors and musicians and these are not flashy cars. I got i10. When NPP came to power, my car was taken away.

“My son was driving it, it had tracker because we were paying for it, we had years to be paying for it. When they came to power, they tracked it, my son was driving it, they stopped him and took the car away,” she explained.

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