Being a celebrity has numerous benefits, including public adoration, affection, and love, the opportunity to live luxuriously, travel to all of the world’s most beautiful locations, and just living well.
However, just like a coin, popularity can have bad effects, such as extortion, blackmail, and even spreading false information about celebrities for monetary and other benefit. These Ghanaian celebrities were previously the victims of bogus news that claimed they had died when they were still alive.
Ghanaian high life music lovers were confused by rumours that legendary Ghanaian Highlife Musician Daddy Lumba was dead in 2019. However, the news was refuted when famous blogger Kumi Kasa published a story where he claimed the manager of Daddy Lumba had confirmed that the artiste is still alive.
In 2019, there were allegations and reports that Rose Mensah, also known as Kyeiwaa, a well-known Kumawood actress, had passed away. Because the actress did not reject the claim, the rumor remained for about a week. Later, though, the actress came forward to deny all of these allegations.
Kyeiwaa claims that she is currently residing in the United States. She stated she only went public after her death was reported in order to convince her loyal followers that she was still alive. She threatened to curse any news organization or blogger that fabricates false death reports about her.
In 2016, there were reports that Ghanaian legendary footballer and former captain of the Black stars, Abedi Pele is dead. The news was quickly rubbished by his famous sons Andre and Dede Ayew, who posted on their social media pages and revealed in interviews that their father, Abedi Pele was still alive.
In 2018, Ghana’s favourite rapper Sarkodie was rumoured to be dead. Befitting his status, the news of his ‘death’ spread as fast as a wildfire. Well, it all started when the BET award winner got into an accident on his way to Asante Agyem Agogo for a show on Easter Monday with Amakye Dede.
After the fake news reached them, Sarkodie posted on his twitter page to announce that he is still alive and ready for his show.
Although popular and veteran Ghanaian actor Asonaba Kwaky Darko known as Super OD died on Tuesday, 13th February 2018, there were rumours prior to his death, that he has lost his life. The fake story of his death remained subtle until it was forgotten
Agya Koo, a veteran Ghanaian actor and comedian, was claimed to have died on July 12, 2020, but the story was quickly discredited after Ghanaweb published a caution warning Ghanaians to disregard any allegations that the Kumawood performer was dead.
Further investigation has shown that this is not the first time the actor has been reported missing. Agya Koo was said to have perished in a collision with his new Zoyte SUV prize car in Accra in January 2011, while on his way to Kumasi after the Ghana Movie Awards organizers delivered the car to him.
Agya Koo is still alive, kicking and residing currently in his Kumasi home. The actor receives over 500 calls after the fake news went viral.
Kumawood actor, Joseph Nana Osei Kofi, popularly known as Wayoosi, although alive has been pronounced dead more than once. In 2016, the actor was rumoured to be dead but this news was refuted by Viasat 1 TV.
Although he was alive, he was admitted to the hospital and was in a critical situation. A similar rumour emerged in 2013 that suggested that Wayoosi’s leg had been amputated, while another story claimed he was dead, forcing the actor to come out to deny the rumours.
The case of popular kumawood actor, Davis Abraham, known in the media circles as Salinko, is quite different. Salinko once claimed he travelled to hades and left his body lifeless. Some bloggers took advantage to pronounce him dead.
After news of his death went viral, he came out briefly to debunk all those claims in an exclusive interview with Zionfelix on the “Uncut” show.
Apraku My Daughter
Before the final demise of Pastor Emmanuel Kwaku Apraku, popularly known as Apraku My Daughter on Wednesday, May 20,2020, there were rumours that the pastor was dead. Before a viral video of the pastor looking drunk surfaced on the internet, he was reported to be dead but then he was alive.
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