Actress, Yvonne Okoro has said she was once labeled as a ‘Cocaine dealer’ by some hawkers who saw her in Traffic some years ago.
Okoro who was speaking about the fact that Ghanaians do not hold their celebrities in high esteem like other countries do.
She said “I was driving when I heard hawkers say ‘come and see her car’ and you feel good but when they got closer only to find out that it’s me, one of them said, oh leave this actress she bought the car from her cocaine business.
So when I hear these comments, I ask myself so it can’t be that I worked hard or blessings so it just has to be negative throughout and that I feel as if that is something we (Ghanaians) have to do something about”.
She indicated that she has severally contemplated on leaving Ghana for Nigeria.
“Yeah… A lot of times many producers in Nigeria ask me why am I not in Nigeria. In Nigeria, they hold their celebrities like an egg but in Ghana that celebrity is nothing. I know some Ghanaians will be upset to hear me say this but the truth hurts sometimes.”
Yvonne Okoro who has been an advocate for the patronage of Ghanaian movies could not fathom why Ghanaians who claim their movies are substandard fail to purchase the movies in order to support the industry.
“My problem is that, you say our movies aren’t quality but you don’t patronise our movies for us to make quality movies. You go and patronise Hollywood or Bollywood who are like the first or second biggest film makers in the world but for us is different because we need to make a Hollywood standard movie for you, we can’t do that when you aren’t watching the movies and when we don’t have the funds or resources to do that… so that is to tell you that Ghanaians believe everything black is substandard.”