Musician cum dancer Akosua Agyapong has come under public flak for hopping from one radio station to another insisting that she will stop afro-eclectic singer Efya from smoking.
Efya recently confirmed her cigarette smoking status to the Ghanaian media and Akosua Agyapong shortly after, also went public that she would stop Efya from smoking because the latter was her ‘small girl’. Interestingly, when the issue was raised on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review last Saturday and Akosua was put on the spot, it came to light that she and Efya were not that close and had actually met only twice. Akosua after going public on Efya’s smoking issue, said she was yet to speak to Efya over the matter and did not even have her contact number, let alone book an appointment with her.
Persons who called in criticized Akosua for the way she went about the sensitive issue, insisting she should have handled it on the quiet if indeed she meant well for Efya. Social network sites including facebook and twitter have since then become a platform for discussing the issue as some called on Akosua to first talk to her sister, Stephanie Benson, to dress more ‘decently’ and act as a role model before advising Efya to quit smoking.
Radio guests on the Entertainment Review programme including Whitney Boakye-Mensah, events planner and showbiz observer, anti-piracy crusader Carlos Sakyi, all expressed dismay at the approach taken by Akosua and suggested she should have handled the issue behind closed doors.
While Carlos put on record that he was against smoking and drug use, he said it was a sensitive issue which could have a negative response if not handled tactfully. Whitney on her part described as unnecessary the entire statement Akosua put in the public domain. Whitney rationalized that if Akosua was indeed playing a motherly or a big sister role to help Efya stop smoking cigarette, then she could have gone about it a more mature way rather than using the media platform.
Source: News One
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