Renowned actor and broadcaster Mikki Osei Berko is worried about the future of celebrities in the country.
According to Mikki Osei Berko, affectionately called Master Richard, 80 percent of Ghanaian celebrities are very poor and cannot fend for themselves.
He disclosed that a large chunk of the celebrities are only masquerading themselves as rich and affluent people but they return to their various houses to cry themselves to bed.
Mikki Osei Berko made this shocking revelation in an interview with Nkonkonsa.com where he stated emphatically that aside the celebrities being paupers, they also cannot afford their own medical care and so become sick without any financial support.
He asserted that what the celebrities, particularly actors and actresses in the country, do best is ‘‘outside gentility, home cry”, to wit they spend time and energy showing off to their fans and followers to gain social presence while they go back home destitute.
In his candid opinion, they are not serious about the business aspect of their celebrity status.
“They enjoy the talent and the exposure. They don’t care about the business of their lives . . . They’re not serious,” he said.
Mikki Osei Berko has about 26 years of experience in the entertainment industry insisted that the industry does not pay celebrities well.
He claims that a lot of Ghanaian celebrities are living hand to mouth.
‘‘Some of us cannot even afford medical care. That is the honest truth. About 80% of Ghanaian celebrities cannot afford decent medical care. Most of the Ghanaian celebrities are paupers . . . People are doing ‘outside gentility, home cry’ . . . Where are the jobs? What do they do? Ghanaian celebrities, what do they really do to earn money? Just find out if there is any film that has paid an actor even GHC 10,000 . . . Find out from the last 5 years, what film has even given an actor 20,000 cedis,” he posited.
”Where do they get the money? What do they do to earn money?” he asked and advised his colleague celebrities to concentrate on securing their future by making investments to better their lives.
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