Afia Pokua, the Vim Lady, has given a new mandate to musicians and Ghanaians to take lessons from the Gemann-Jagger Pee story on fame and how to handle it.
Speaking on Okay FM, the renowned journalist and advocate of the people, urged our top musicians to take a cue from Gemann’s misfortune and not allow fame to get into their hands.
“When it gets to our head, we don’t know that the 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 pointed out that being a celebrity in the ’80s was definitely a big deal compared to now. Especially when Gemann had a private jet for himself and his dancers in 1986 from England to Norway.
“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.
As the story goes, Gemann was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing a taxi driver in the heat of an argument over the taxi fare. His friend, who was said to have held the taxi driver from escaping, was charged and jailed for two years and eight months.
By Grace Somuah-Annan|3news.com|Ghana