Former Multimedia employee who has now pitched camp with rival media house Despite Group of Companies, Vim Lady has sent a profound message to mainstream acts on how to handle fame and not get carried away while using Gemann’s tragic story as a case study.
Speaking on her program on Okay FM, the award-winning radio and TV personality whose real name is Afia Pokua asked the likes of Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy and Sarkodie not to allow fame to get into their heads because the repercussion is always grave.
“When it gets to our head, we don’t know that fame can make us overdo certain things. But he (Gemann) has been there. He has seen it. He has lived it. He has experienced it. And so he is telling Shatta that Shatta cannot tell me that he has been bigger than Gemann. Stonebwoy or Sarkodie, all the celebrities, they cannot say that they are bigger.”
Afia Pokua reminded her listeners that Gemann was unarguably Ghana’s biggest star in the 80s as he had a private jet for himself and his dancers in 1986 from England to Norway but all went down the drain when he was put on a death row after he inadvertently killed a taxi driver during a minor argument.
“Because today, they are even living in an ecosystem. When Gemann became famous, there weren’t a lot of people … that is life and living it. And today, when you get to drive a Range, you want people to hail you.”
She also acknowledged that although time may have changed and circumstances presented may be different. But there is no harm in taking advice from those who have been there.
“The wisdom that we must all learn from his stardom is that times are not the same. But if someone has been there and has had some experience, we must all learn from it. Not only politicians or musicians but for us all,” she concluded.