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Prominent figures in the Ghanaian entertainment industry are no longer keeping their political opinions private and it seems this decision is costing them a great deal of prize.
Some well-known actors and actresses have made statements interpreted as supportive of either the current government or the opposition party’s policy which has resulted in their lives being sought after.
In recent times, Ghanaian celebrities use their platform to either point out and influence the public stand on certain ‘dubious’ government policies which does not favour citizens using social media, public forums, interviews and so on.
In essence, their eagerness to take on controversial political subjects has landed them in deep trouble.
Let’s take a look at some ‘outspoken’ celebrities whose comments on politics landed them in serious trouble
Yvonne Nelson has been threatened by some faceless people believed to be connected to the ruling government shortly after she exposed their ‘incompetence’ on social media.
The outspoken actress and producer shared a photo of the deplorable state of a road located at East Legon, a very rich neighbourhood in Accra. She sarcastically thanked the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for turning a blind eye to the situation and added that she doesn’t expect them to quickly fix the road shoddily just to score cheap political points like the erstwhile NDC government did.
Shortly after, some ‘NPP thugs’ started threatening her to which Yvonne Nelson made a new post to call them out too. She wrote: “Stop sending peeps to comment under my posts when i mention you guys. Its wack!”
Actress Lydia Forson has shared with her followers on Instagram some threatening messages she receives daily for speaking out on issues affecting the country and condemning the government when it’s at fault.
Lydia Forson is one of the vociferous people in Ghana’s Creative Arts industry who expresses her opinions through blogs she writes and on various social media platforms.
She has always maintained that until the average Ghanaian is provided with basic needs, she will continue to put the government on its feet.
The actress due to this has courted for herself a number of haters in both Ghana’s governing and opposition political parties.
In making it known to her followers the kind of threatening messages she receives in a day for speaking up on ills in society, she shared one that threatened to come after her.
The message read “shut up who the fuck do you think you? You there vomiting nonsense. We surely take you to dry cleaners. Lydia Forson Lydia Forson so you there poking your nose everywhere just wait we will surely visit your case and you will like kwasiaa kwa”.
Prince David Osei
According to the actor, he has been receiving threats and insults from the NDC following his comments on their flagbearer, Mr John Dramai Mahama.
Prince David Osei during an interview with Zionfelix said it would have been better if the NDC had brought a different candidate aside John Mahama and several other comments which according to him were distasteful to some NDC members.
He also noted that he is not going to tolerate any form of attack, insult, or threat coming from any quarter that did not agree with his views.