- – Any celebrity can write a check for a good cause. But are Ghanaian celebrities standing for something beyond Instagram filters and long essays coupled with their ‘fan party’ hangouts?
Maybe that’s all the fans who made them who they are, deserve. Nothing special for them as good philanthropic PR I guess.
In recent years, a select group of public figures and celebrities have lent their philanthropic hands to opening schools across their country or abroad. While some, like famed rapper Pitbull, have opened charter schools in his Miami communities, others, like actress Angelina Jolie, have also founded schools in disadvantaged communities overseas.
Meanwhile, Latin American sensation Shakira has been an advocate for education causes. Using funds from her nonprofit organization, she has also opened schools in her native country of Colombia. She has also lobbied Latin American leaders to support early childhood education.
Thus by far, a worthy contribution to nation building and these superhumans are not only entertaining their audience, they’re actually giving back to society in a very special way that would not be a one-time-off giveaway.
In the case of most Ghanaian celebrities in the entertainment sector, it’s rather nothing good to write home about yet, they are the first to whine for support in the country once a sector wins an election.
There has been a fair number of celebrity charity scams—take Wyclef Jean’s foundation, which went under because of embezzled funds that were intended to help locals after the Haiti earthquake, or NBA player Lamar Odom’s cancer foundation for children that allegedly never spent any funds on actual cancer research. These, mainly, it being—proving that it’s not all virtuous but, there are equally good celebs out there doing great stuff… you can trust them with your donations.
The recent Houston Flood and its related contributions drew my attention to loot ways our Ghanaian celebrities have taken fans for granted. It seems it’s all a humble show-off until they become ‘stars’ and then they care less about the same fans who promoted them to their status —sad!
We can date back to the June 3rd disaster and these celebrities gave a fv!k about the whole incident! The celebrities who could have championed a good cause to help the victims—mostly their fans as they term it, but, they ignored them and haven’t even bothered to check up their well-being whatsoever.
Do we have celebrities in Ghana or a bunch of hyped personalities with social media following if not bought?
Slaying and bragging on social media are outmoded these days. It’s time to support your community!
NB: This doesn’t mean we don’t have celebrities doing amazing stuff. A few names like Asamoah Gyan, Micheal Essien, Yvonne Nelson, Menaye Donkor, Juliet Ibrahim, Nana Ama McBrown, Nadia Buari, Van Vicker, Stephen Appiah and John Dumelo can be lauded for their consistency in giving hope to needy kids.
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