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These Ghanaian Celebs have gone from riches to rags

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The real test in life comes after the celebrity compass changes direction and is no longer pointing in your direction. While some managed theirs well and are still doing great after they lost their stardom, some also just lived in the moment without thinking about tomorrow and are now broke, leaving from hand to mouth after their stardom faded.

In this article, we look at some of the celebrities who couldn’t manage their finances well and are now broke, leaving from hand to mouth.

Sam Adjeteyfio

If ever someone came out to say Sam Adjeteyfio was as broke as the poor church mouse, no one would have believed it.

Not because the person was not trustworthy or themed a liar, but simply because, Sam Adjeteyfio has had a far too successful movie career for the public to believe he was struggling financially.

But sadly, that seem to be exactly the case with the veteran Ghanaian actor. In the late 90s and early 2000s, Sam Adjeteyfio was probably the biggest name on Ghana television screens. He was the lead actor in the biggest and most successful TV series of the early 2000s, Taxi Driver.

Sam Adjeteyfio

Sam Adjeteyfio

From there, he went on to play lead roles in so many Ghanaian mainstream movies and even got featured in a couple of Ghanaian/Nigerian movies.

It came as a surprise then, few weeks when the veteran and once celebrated actor came out to admit that he is really struggling to make ends meet.

In a couple of media reports, Sam Adjeteyfio admitted to mismanaging his finances during his hay days and even revealed that he currently occupies the boy’s quarters of a friend’s mansion because he has no money to rent an apartment for himself and his family.

According to him, he spends his day moving from one set to another hoping to find some roles in order to make something small to put food on his table.

William Addo

A couple of years ago, William Addo was a household name in the Kumawood movies industry, staring in some of the most successful Kumawood movies and television series.

However, after movie roles dried up and no producer was knocking on his door for movie features, things started turning sour for the veteran actor. All the money he made at the peak of his career was already well spent and he had next to nothing left on him.

William Addo

William Addo

Things got much worse for William Addo when he developed an eye complication that demanded an amount of Ghc10,000 to be corrected in a surgical operation.

Mr. Addo who could not hide his predicament any longer came out to lay bare his suffering and asked for the public’s support to help him raise the needed Ghc10,000 for his eye surgery.

In several media interviews, the veteran actor confessed to being in financial difficulties and having to spend the little he has left on his eye treatment. He also admitted that there was no way he could single-handedly raise the required Ghc5000 for the first part of the eye surgery, hence calling for donation and the public’s support.

His story is a classic example of an actor who went from riches to rags after they were no more in the limelight. As he once said in an interview, “I concentrated more on the ‘show’ instead of the ‘business’ aspect of the job”.

 

Kiki Gyan

Once upon a time, there was a famous music band known as Osibisa, they toured the world, filled 90,000 capacity stadiums, enjoyed the grandest of celebrity status and fame, made millions from their unique music and Kiiki Gyan was a member and one of the leading figures of this band made up of Four Ghanaians and some three Caribbean (other nationals later joined the band).

Kiiki Gyan

Kiiki Gyan

The band was perhaps the most famous music band in the 70s and early 80s, giving the world smash hits after hits and raking in millions of dollars.

A couple of decades later, after the band was no more, and members were now in their old age and enjoying the fruits of their labor, the situation was different for Kiiki Gyan, the historic and once famous keyboardist of the band. He found himself fighting serious drug addictions and losing everything he had worked for to drugs.

Sadly he lost his battle to drugs in 2004, by which time he had lost everything he had and was surviving on the mercies and goodwill of friends and family.

 

Super OD

Super OD is one of the most celebrated people in Ghana today. Not because he holds a celebrity status or enjoys some level of stardom now, but because of what he has done for the movie industry and his decades of being a topnotch actor, gracing our TV screens for decades. He started his career in the 70s with roles in the shows of iconic producer and director, Osofo Dadzie.

Super OD

His popularity shot to an all-time high in the 80s when he became part of the famous new show, Akan Drama aired on Ghana Television.

He made great strides as an actor in those days and was the nation’s favorite actor by all stretch. However, after his stardom and era of fame faded away, Super OD begun to face financial difficulties. In 2017, Agona East MP, Hon. Queenstar Pokuah Sawyer made a donation to the ailing veteran actor to help ease his financial woes.

All the fame and money he made in his youthful days seemed not to be enough to help take care of him in his old age. Other personalities including the former President, John Mahama have paid a visit to him and made some financial pledges to help the once famous and celebrated actor.

 

Charles Asampong Taylor

 

Between 2001 and 2005, former Ghanaian footballer, Charles Asampong Taylor was the biggest football star in Ghana. He played for the two biggest clubs in Ghana, Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko during which time he won all the biggest club trophies in Ghana and Africa.

Charles Asampong Taylor

Charles Asampong Taylor

He became the most expensive player ever on the local football scene when Kotoko coughed out a whopping $42,000 to buy him from arch-rivals Hearts of Oak in 2003. His wealth and fame during that era were unquantifiable.

No player who plied his trade in the country earned as much as he did or came close to him in terms of wealth and fame. But a decade after he retired from gracing the green pitch, the once famous footballer, has very little to show for all the wealth and fame he enjoyed in his prime years.

But unlike the other mentioned celebrities, Charles Taylor is not doing so badly as he finds himself now as an ordained man of God. However considering the money he made during his footballing days, Charles Taylor could be said to be broke because he was largely expected to do well compared to his current situation after retiring from football.

 

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My relationship with Victoria Lebene was just for a hype, nothing amorous involved – Kofi Adjorlolo

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Veteran Ghanaian actor and producer Kofi Adjorlolo has finally explained his rumored relationship with actress Victoria Lebene.

According to the legendary actor, he never had an amorous relationship with Victoria Lebene, adding that they are just good friends.

He added that the actress has never been his girlfriend and everything that ever happened between them was just friendship.

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Victoria Lebene and Husby, Eugene of Nkonkonsa.com

Kofi Adjorlolo further stated that Victoria invited him to her wedding but wasn’t able to make it due to his busy schedules.

“Victoria Lebene is just a friend and we were not dating. If you are famous everything about you is made public. For two years I never spoke about it because there is no truth in it.

It was just hype for her but I was only worried about my two children but I allayed their fears when they asked me about it. We are friends, she even invited me to her wedding but I was seriously working in Kumasi so I couldn’t make it.

Her husband is even my friend, we are cool. Lebene has never been my girlfriend”, Kofi Adjorlolo disclosed.

It was alleged that Kofi Adjorlolo and Victoria Lebene were in an amorous relationship for almost two years.

It was also reported that the couple broke up after the controversial marriage counselor, Cyril Lutterodt jabbed Victoria for dating a man who is old enough to be her father.

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Victoria Lebene

However, Kofi Adjorlolo has debunked the reports explaining that he never had a romantic relationship with the actress.

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PHOTOS: Charles Bissue marries Deputy Information Minister, Nana Dokua

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Charles Cromwell Nanabanyin has walked down the aisle with Deputy Information Minister Nana Dokua Asiamah Adjei, MyNewsGh.com has confirmed.

It is gathered that the event took place at a private ceremony in Accra where close associates of both including colleague Ministers and other appointees in government were in attendance.

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MyNewsGh.com has sighted images of the newly married in a very romantic pose for pictures as they were congratulated the former Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on illegal Mining (IMCIM) officially paid the bride of the Deputy Minister a custom demands.

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VIDEO: NPP MP’s ‘atopa dance video’ hits social media

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A video in which the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for the Gomoa East Constituency, Hon Kojo Asemanyi engaging in  ‘atopa dance’ has hit social media.

The lawmaker was among thousands of residents who joined in the chiefs and people of Gomoa Fetteh to celebrate its Ahobaakese festival climaxed with the infamous Atopa dance known in local parlance as Akosualontoba.

Hon Kojo Asemanyi is seen in the less than one-minute video showcasing his expertise in the dance captured by the prying lenses of journalists.

It is not when the atopa dance was inculcated into Ahobaakese festival but residents including the Queen Mother of the town Nana Abena Owusu said it is an age-old dance.

She explained that the Atopa dance was a way the wives in the community danced to meet their husbands who had returned from war victories in the olden days.

The sexually suggestive dance has however been given varying interpretations with sections calling for its ban arguing on moral grounds.

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