Not many of us have an idea of what we want to be when we are young; from doctor, lawyer, architect, engineer to the journalist, we change careers so many times.
But that was definitely not the case for the celebrated actress, Akofa Edjeani.
At an early age, the call of the arts was so strong that she knew she would pursue a career in that field. So sure was she that she even ‘prophesied’ to her school mates that they would see her on TV and that came to pass.
Knowing her mission, even at primary school, she was a member of various drama groups and perhaps it was fate when Akofa could not resist the melody from a choir when she first stepped foot at Mawuli Secondary School in the Volta Region because her dreams blossomed from there.
Recounting how it all began in a chat with Showbiz at her eatery, Fali’s Hot Pot in Kanda, Accra, recently, the mother of two said, “it is very funny but I remember that on my first day at Mawuli Secondary School, I joined the choir. How did it happen? I was a day student and had gone on a tour of the school when I heard a choir singing.
“I just couldn’t wait to join them so I rushed there, introduced myself and the rest was history.
Later, I joined the drama club and the platform was good since it shaped my acting skills. I got my first Best Actress Award from Mawuli School in 1985 at a speech and prize giving day.
“Acting has never been a hobby for me, it’s been my life since day one and what I always wanted to do.
I remember telling my friends back in secondary school that they will see me on TV and as a prophecy, it came to pass.”
Akofa has been acting professionally (stage, TV, film) since 1987 and became a household name playing the role of Amete in the popular Jagger Pee series in the late ‘80s and also with Ultimate Paradise in the 90s.
Having been at this for so long, she told Showbiz that even though she has been impressed with some of the talents in recent times, it appeared most of them saw acting as a hobby and not a passion as it was for her.
“When you are passionate about something, your approach and input are always different.
In my case, acting was my altar call, it was what I was born to do so I gave it my all.
Unfortunately, it is not the same for some of the young ones who think it is a hobby and a quick medium to promote themselves. So with just one or two minor roles, they are on social media calling themselves celebrities without taking the pains to hone their skills.
It is always the fame, glamour and not the passion and the work involved.
I act because it’s my gift and it must be used for the good of humanity,” she said.
It’s been over three decades since her first professional role as an actress but according to Akofa, she is not impressed with how women are still stereotyped as gossips and husband snatchers in movies.
She argued that scripts had not favored women for so long because the industry is dominated by male scriptwriters and producers who project male dominance over the competence of women.
“Film is a very powerful tool in shaping the opinions of people. It changes the way one thinks, views things and its influence is seen in how people cry, love, hate or kill by watching movies. And that is why scripts that project women in a bad light must not be encouraged.
And we can flip the script in favor of women if we get more women in scriptwriting and production,” she stated.
While admitting the power of film, the acting president of Women in Film and Television (WTFTgh) said it had not been fully exploited positively in our part of the world.
“Our colonial masters used film to colonize us so it behooves on us to use the same medium to decolonize ourselves.
I think the biggest mistake we have made as a people is to believe our own lie that with the declaration of independence in 1957, we are truly independent and free.
“This is an illusion because we are still enslaved economically and mentally.
The USA has used film to create an image as the best country in the world, the West has created their definition and standard of beauty through television yet we can’t utilize the same medium to promote ourselves in a positive light,” she said.
A graduate of the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Legon, where she studied Theatre Arts (Drama), Akofa is an award-winning actress and also holds a certificate in Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.
She represented the youth of Volta Region as part of the cultural squad that represented Ghana at the 12th World Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow in 1985.
Not My Daughter, a film about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which she produced, won the Best Short Film award at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in 2008 and was selected for International Public Television Screening Conference (INPUT) in South Africa in the same year.
She also produced and co-starred in I Sing of A Well and it also won three awards at the AMAAs in 2010 as well as awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.
A recipient of the GPA Awards (Global Professional Achievers), Akofa is also an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program (USA) and a founding member of the Ghana Culture Forum.
“It is my will to take film production and acting to another level by projecting African culture and excellence to the world and also bridge the gap between culture and development,” she said.
Akofa grew up in a large family and is the last of 10 children, eight girls and two boys.
Even though she admitted to being fulfilled as an actress, Akofa, who has starred in number of movies including For Better For Worse, Divine Love, Azali, My Mother’s Heart, Life in Slow Motion and Pieces of Me disclosed she has a regret.
“I’m so thankful to God for how far He has brought me but sometimes, I think my dad, W.O 1 Edjeani worked hard and yet could not live to enjoy the fruits of his labour.
He died before I could make money to take care of him and truthfully, I wished things were different,” she stated.
I Won’t Return The 2019 VGMA Plaques I Won : Stonebwoy Tells Charterhouse
Ghanaian dancehall artiste, Livingstone Etse Satekla has stated that contrary to Charterhouse’s request that he and Shatta Wale return the plaques they won at this year’s VGMA’s, he will never return the plaques.
Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy after their unpopular VGMA brawl were indefinitely suspended from partaking in the subsequent VGMA’s and were asked to return the plaques they won on the night.
The artiste/popular of the year which we were told by Sefa Kayi belonged to Shatta and Stonebwoy was as also not announced because of the fracas.
In an interview with Andy Dosty on Accra-based Hitz FM today, 20th September 2019, Stonebwoy reacted Charterhouse’s statement, indicating that asking him to return a plaque he won with his fan’s vote is a sign of disrespect for him.
According to Stonebwoy, he did not steal the awards, so why must he return the plaque adding that he deserved the awards because of his hard work.
Stonebwoy described the actions of Charterhouse as haste and judgemental.
Speaking on the unfortunate incidence, he apologised and noted that people could have died because of the pandemonium that occurred on that day so for him and his fans to lose their lives for nothing is alarming.
“What happened at the VGMA’s was a turning point for me and the music industry”, he added.
I Feel Disrespected Over Vodafone And Charterhouse Snub After VGMA Fracas : Stonebwoy
Stonebwoy has expressed disappointment on the part of the organizers of the annual Ghana Music Awards, Charterhouse Ghana and headline sponsor, Vodafone after his VGMA brawl with Shatta Wale.
Stonebwoy today, 20th September in an interview with Andy Dosty on Accra-based Hitz FM stated that immediately after the unpopular incidence, he sent an apology letter to the organizers, Charterhouse.
Stonebwoy in his narration noted that he sent a first letter which wasn’t replied. He followed it up with subsequent letters and they all haven’t been replied to date.
According to him, he isn’t happy about Charterhouse and Vodafone’s snub; and feels disrespected by that act.
“I was the first one to apologize to Charterhouse. I sent apology letters, and I did not even receive replies; which I also deem disrespectful. I sent apologies to VodafoneGhana. No reply”.
Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy are currently standing trial for causing a commotion during the 20th VGMA’s.
Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale have been charged with offensive conduct conducive to breach of peace, while Stonebwoy is facing another charge of displaying a weapon in public place without permission.
The two have since been banned indefinitely from participating in future VGMA events.
I Can Now Boast Of A New Car And A New House : Fameye
Fast rising Ghanaian musician, Fameye after crying of not having anything to his name has now revealed that his financial strength has soared and can now boast of having money.
According to Fameye in an interview, he has been able to purchase a new car, relocated to a new house and putting his life on the right track.
Fameye who looked all grateful during the interview said his immediate interest was to secure his daily meal and a place to lay his head before really amassing wealth and he has now been able to do that.
He went on to say initially he never wanted to buy a car but looking at the pressures that comes with being a musician he decided to get it to make his rounds easy.
Born Peter Paa Kwasi Famiyeh, the amazing musician had his greatest breakthrough in the industry this year with his hit song “Notin I Get”.
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