Renowned Ghanaian musician, Kojo Ansah Asare, popularly known as Yaa Pono, has decided not to partake in the ongoing #OccupyJulorbiHouse protest gripping the nation.
While a lot of netizens have been calling on celebrities to speak up because their voices are respected, the Tema-based rapper has revealed that he will never join any protest.
In a tweet, Yaa Pono candidly expressed his decision to prioritize preparing a meal of banku and okro soup over engaging in what he termed a “wasteful protest.”
He elaborated on his stance by pointing out what he believes to be a recurring pattern among celebrities who partake in protests only to later support the same politicians they criticize.
“Me, I no get time to protest, anka menoa Banku ne Nkruma wo fie, u go see the same ppl for rallies with their grandparents, artists going in for money as usual. If like my mother gets 7 million pounds u go call me for protest,” Yaa Pono shared on his Twitter page.
Me I no get time to protest , anka menoa Banku ne Nkruma wo fie , u go see the same ppl for rallies with their grandparents, artists going in for money as usual. If like my mother get 7 million pounds u go call me for protest ,,— YAA PONO (@ponobiom) September 22, 2023
While the musician’s statement reflects his personal perspective on the protest, it has sparked mixed reactions and backlash from Twitter users, who have engaged in spirited discussions about the importance of activism and celebrity influence in shaping public opinion.
Critics have called out Yaa Pono for downplaying the significance of the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protest, emphasizing the importance of addressing issues such as economic challenges and corruption that have motivated the demonstration.