Dumsor vigil celebrities are ‘very shallow’ – Abeiku Santana

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Radio presenter, Gilbert Aggrey, known in media circles as Abeiku

Santana, has described the 'dumsor vigil' as unnecessary.

He said the celebrities who are organizing the vigil in order to force

the government to fix the energy crisis are "shallow" because they "do

not understand the issues."

"I'm saying that they don't even appreciate and understand the issue

let alone to fight for the nation. As for the energy crisis, it's a

national crisis. Government will do all it can to resolve it," he


On Saturday, some celebrities will embark on avigil christened:

"Dumsormuststop vigil.

"According to them, the Mahama-ledgovernment has for three years

failed to find a permanent solution to the energy crisis which is

hurting many businesses.

However, Abeiku Santana who is aspiring to represent the people of

Mfansteman West Constituency in Parliament on the ticket of the

governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) suggested that the

celebrities should fix their entertainment industry which is on the

verge of collapse.

Speaking to Citi News at a handing over ceremony of executives of the

Tertiary Educational Institutions Network (TEIN) of the Methodist

University College, he said instead of embarking on the vigil, the

celebrities should rather contributeto a film bill which is before

Parliament and also fight for the streamlining of activities in the

movie industry.

He asked, "have they made any contribution or sent a memorandum to

Parliament suggesting how the law should be made that will safeguard

local contents?"

"If they want to sacrifice, they should do something that will become

a living testimony for others to see that they were the people who

fought for the industry so that they will be remembered," he advised.

He queried them for sitting aloof and allowing "foreign soap operas to

take over our televisions. Can't you see that they are very, very

excuse me to say, shallow? They don't understand issues. If want to

fight for something, fight for one that will benefit you."

"Go to Kenya and Uganda and SouthAfrica and go and see if they are

showing Nigeria movies on their television. Our film industry is


I remember when I was a boy; I saw UTNA and NAFTI producing lots of

local contents. There are no local contents on our television. You are

not concerned about that, you are concerned about something you do not

understand," he fumed.

He however admitted that the celebrities have a right to embark on the

vigil as well as demonstrate over issues, but he stressed that nothing

will be achieved because "wongbo has done it…wahala has done it. So

their demonstration willnot make any difference".

"You can demonstrate that you are eating too much rice and you want

yam, it is your right, but at the end of the day, if you don't

appreciate the issues, I don't think anyone is going to take you

serious," he remarked.

Credit: Citifmonline.com

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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