Celebrities play a pivotal role in our democratic politics. They use their influence to win votes for political parties they root for. And some of them use their talents to enrich the campaign of political candidates. For example, campaign songs have been part of our body politick since time immemorial.
Daddy Lumba’s ‘Nana Ye Winner’ can never go unmentioned when talking about the political journey of president Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo. In effect, they can make or unmake a politician. When they support a candidate to win power, and the person is not able to perform up to expectation, they use their voices to rise against the person.
This article isn’t focused on which celebrity is endorsing which party, but those who have publicly shown displeasure towards the Akufo-Addo-led government.
Kwame Asare Obeng, popularly known as A Plus, was one of the many celebrities who endorsed candidate Akufo Addo in 2016. He was with the NPP in the trenches selling the message of Akufo Addo and composed songs for the party and against John Mahama’s government. After Nana Akufo Addo won power in 2016, they gave him an appointment as oil supplier at BOST. He did the work for one year, and he was fired for accusing the deputy chiefs of staff, Francis Asenso Boakye and Samuel Abu Jinapor of thievery.
A Plus became bitter after the sacking and formed a pressure group, The Peoples Project, to unseat the NPP government. Now he has been one of the loudest voices against Nana Akufo Addo and has been calling him names. He authored a strong-worded epistle to the Akufo Addo this month describing him as corrupt. He wrote:
“The whole NPP was formed because Rawlings was in power. Everybody does something because something happened. Even God!!! You cannot sack and humiliate a man who was using his own money to save live just because he won’t allow your criminals to steal from Korle Bu and expect me to be happy.
Akufo Addo told us that he came to protect the public purse. But he has found a way to humiliate everyone who is preventing his gang from stealing our money. The Auditor-General general is a perfect example. You have to be a thief to find favour in this government. Just saying that Nana Addo is not corrupt in itself is corruption”.
Belinda Nana Ekua Amoah, known in the showbiz industry as Mzbel, has never hidden her admiration for former president John Dramani Mahama. In 2016, she said John Mahama was her father and has since maintained that level of respect for him. After John Mahama painfully lost the 2016 general elections, Mzbel has used every opportunity to cast aspersions on the Nana Akufo Addo’s government. She has cried of political sabotage on her music career.
In an interview with Graphic Showbiz, Mzbel said:
“Music is kind of on hold for now. The main reason is that when I released Tongues, promoting it was difficult. It was right after the general election (2016) and I had shown my face as to whom I supported, so, there was hatred. I went for a nationwide tour but it still didn’t work. As things stand now, if I release a song, I won’t be able to promote it and I won’t get gigs because of political reasons. I have about 11 or 12 songs to be released, so, I put them on my website”.
Highlife musician, Rex Owusu Marfo, known in showbiz as Rex Omar, who is also the Chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO), has also taken a swipe at the NPP government for failing woefully. He started his open campaign against the ruling New Patriotic Party last year and has also endorsed John Mahama’s candidature.
“Honestly, NPP’s manifesto was just a love letter to the creative arts industry because if we are to judge them by where they outline a number of projects for the creative industry, then they have failed woefully,” he said.
The founder and lead pastor of the Perez Chapel, Bishop Charles Agyinasare, has also been firing ammunition at the Akufo Addo’s presidency. He has accused them of being divisive. Just yesterday, he said Akufo Addo had targeted some companies and businesses because he perceives them to belong to the NDC. He said the government could have saved some banks rather than collapsing them.
Prophet Badu Kobi is a known anti-NPP man of God. The prophet has described Nana Akufo Addo as a failure on so many occasions. He has used his altar to propagate against the ruling party with the least opportunity he gets. “Nana Addo step down, you have failed. Since you came to power, businesses have collapsed, and everything has depleted. NPP must remove him, and he shouldn’t be the next flagbearer. If you’re afraid I’m not am not afraid. I was born as a man and mandated as an agent sent for my generation to say what you can’t say,” Prophet Badu said.