Akofa Edjeani Defends Creatives Endorsing Political Parties, Shares Personal Experience of Political Retaliation

by Louisa Afful
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Veteran actress Akofa Edjeani has spoken out in support of creatives endorsing political parties, saying there’s no harm in it. In a June 21 interview on 3FM’s Sunrise, she stated that everyone, including artists, has the right to choose their political affiliations.

“There’s nothing wrong with creatives endorsing a party. We all have our political preferences,” she told host Johnnie Hughes.

Edjeani criticized the “pettiness” in Ghana that causes hate against creatives for their political choices. She highlighted the risk to their careers if their chosen candidate loses, as the winning side often sabotages their work, which she finds petty and unfortunate.

Drawing a comparison to the U.S., Edjeani noted that public figures like Oprah Winfrey can openly support political parties without repercussions.

Sharing her own experience, she recalled benefiting from a policy under John Mahama’s administration that provided cars to creatives who couldn’t afford them. They paid in installments. However, when President Akufo-Addo took office, her car was seized without a refund.

“They distributed 50 cars among actors and musicians in Kumasi, the North, and Accra. I received an i10. But after the NPP came to power, they tracked my car and took it while my son was driving it, even though we were still paying for it,” she recounted.

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