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NO NEED! Call for Akuapem Poloo to Drop Name Unnecessary

By Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo

The woes of socialite/ actress deepens as the Apesemakahene of Mampong Akwapim has issued statements concerning her facing punishment for her action of exhibiting a nude photo of herself and her son.

In an interaction with Graphic Showbiz, Nana Yirenkyi I said he will make sure actress Rosemond Brown, popularly known as Akuapem Poloo, faces punishment for her controversial photo.

Already, aside the widespread condemnation from the populace, Poloo also faced denunciation from other prominent Institutions, both governmental and non-governmental and also got an alert from the Ghana Police Service.

Nana Yirenkyi I, also in an interview on Hitz FM, stated emphatically that, there have been calls for the entertainer to drop the name ‘Akuapem’ because it denigrates the town and the people of Akuapim.

Nana Yirenkyi I

Personal Call or Community Decision?

I have the utmost respect for the Chiefs and the people of Akuapim and I understand their frustration with the behaviour of the socialite which has culminated in that call for her to drop the name and also face some sort of punishment.

My only concern is where this call is coming from. It looks and sounds like one person’s grievance being touted as that representing an entire town.

“I will personally make sure Akuapem Poloo is punished for her action. I will report her to all the five divisional chiefs and later to the New Okuapehene to deal with her,” Nana Yirenkyi told the paper.

I respect Nana’s effort to protect his town and lineage and whatever legacies it commands but it is appropriate for him, at this stage, to espouse his personal sentiments as his and not that of the entire town.

As a spokesperson for the town and its people, his mandate is to only relay the decision of the Chiefs of the town. If he has any strong personal convictions, he should express such during the Chieftaincy meetings and then come to the public domain and express the collective decision of the town, represented by the Omanhene and his sub-chiefs.

Nana Yirenkyi I said the people of Akwapim just got a new Omanhene in the person of Oseadeeyo Kwasi Akuffo III and they will not allow disgraceful acts like that by Akuapem Poloo.

What has the prominent town getting a new Omanhene got to do with the actions of Poloo? So what? If they didn’t have a new Omanhene, her actions wouldn’t have mattered?

Harsh Pronouncement

On Hitz 103.9FM, Nana Yirenkyi I was loud as he mentioned the names of some entertainers who hail from the area and have conducted themselves well over the period. He mentioned the likes of Pope Skinny, a member of the group, Praye, Koo Ntakra and others.

In his outburst, he acknowledged that, in every household, there’s always that black sheep, yet, he went hard on Akuapem Poloo and called on her to relinquish the name ‘Akuapem’.

I believe Poloo needs to face some form of retribution if she has broken any law. If she has flouted any laws of the country, she must face the repercussions and if indeed, she’s contravened any laws of the Akuapim land, she ought to confront some comeuppance.

However, if her actions does not or are not in contravention of any stipulated directive of the land, then every related talk of punishment is just noise.

Yes, Poloo messed up but the likes of Nana Yirenkyi are all over the place, all loud and agitated, creating the impression the actress committed a heinous crime, murdered people or was involved in some grave corrupt practice or stole from people.

The call for punishment for Poloo is good, but Nana Yirenkyi should exude the same energy for others who hail from Akuapim that have been fingered for all manner of wrongs in this country.

Call Is Just Quixotic

“Some time ago she did a similar thing and she was spoken to extensively and she apologized but it looks like she has no shame and it is about time she put a stop to this nonsense,” Nana Yirenkyi I told the paper.

A stop to such behaviours that are criminal or offend the sensibilities of the public is a good call but the call for her drop her showbiz moniker is not practicable.

The Apesemakahene even confuses us with his claim that Akuapem Poloo is not from the town. Hear him; “First of all, Akuapem Poloo is not a native of this land. She just came to live here so we will not allow her to drag our name into the mud. We don’t need her here because she is a disgrace to the people of Akwapim.”

Most importantly, there’s something Nana Yirenkyi and his ilk respectfully fail to realize; that the spelling of the actress’ name is different from that of the town. She spells hers ‘Akuapem’ and that of the town is ‘Akuapim’. They are definitely not the same!

Poloo, by virtue of the fact that, she doesn’t hail from the town and is not utilizing the same spelling of the town – is under no obligation to alter or relinquish the name.

If the Chiefs and people of Akuapim, with an ‘i’, believe the actress ought to drop the name, the most reasonable thing they can do is proceed to court, just as the Icelandic nation did in 2016, when it launched legal action against the UK Company, Iceland Foods, claiming it prevented the nation’s firms from describing their products as Icelandic.

Tap on Her Positives

There’s no dispute Akuapem Poloo, regardless of her shenanigans, is one of the most popular entertainers in the country now.  Call it awkward but thanks all of us and our patronage, she has climbed the ladder of fame and popularity within a short spate of time and in a current dispensation where numbers count, she has the numbers.

Again, in a setting where social media has become such a powerful platform, one must reckon that Poloo has been a formidable figure in that space. She has an appreciable number of patrons following her on her social media pages, meaning, she commandeers some level of clout and influence.

The Apesemakahene of Mampong Akwapim, Nana Yirenkyi I, who has vowed to personally see to the punishment of Akuapem Poloo, can respectfully channel some of that vigour in translating what he deems as negative into positive.

What he can do is try to tap into the celebrity status and positioning of Akuapem Poloo and use her and her platforms to project the ideals, norms and culture of the Akuapim town.

Instead of summoning her to sanction her like she is a terrorist, she can be admonished, tutored and partnered into pushing the positive agenda for Akuapim.

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