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Liberian Artists Struggle to Handle Fame and the Press

2 January 2017 / Berenice Mulubah 

Shadowman, Killa Lu and David Mell

With fame comes public scrutiny. 
 
"We all have our private lives as individuals so why are people interested in digging into mine? Why are the media always invading my privacy and discussing me? Why are journalists bringing my private issues into the public domain? Why won’t society let me be? These are the usual phrases that we often hear from crumbling and/or frustrated public figures.

But the answer is very simple and obvious; people are interested in knowing about your private life because you are a celebrity or a public figure. The gospel truth is: fame or popularity inevitably diminishes privacy; and the more popular one becomes, the more their privacy shrinks. How difficult is it for famous people to grasp this fact of life? You can’t eat your cake and have it too.  The earlier our celebs and any individual aspiring to stardom realize that fame is incompatible with total privacy, the better prepared they will be to face the challenges ahead." Emmanuel Sarpong Owusu-Ansah

Emmanuel Sarpong Owusu-Ansah (Black Power) is an Investigative Journalist, a researcher, an educator and the author of Fourth Phase of Enslavement  and In My End is My Beginning. 
I find Mr. Owusu-Ansah statement to be satisfying, not just because he's an expert but based on my own research and experience, I have to agree with the man.  

The description above is a concept that most Liberian celebrities find unacceptable.  Within the last few years, our celebrities have made videos and statuses, calling blogs controversial posts "negative."   As hard as it may be to accept, our celebrities have to understand that one of the prices of fame is public scrutiny and controversy.  Most believe that the industry is too young to handle this level of pressure, but the reality is, the time is now.  It is happening right now, learn to deal with it.  Liberian artists need to invest in education on how to deal with the negative press in the media, because it is not going to decrease but rather increase with stardom.  Good luck guys.  I wish you all the best. 

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