Popular Ghanaian actor, Alexander Kofi Adu, popularly known as Agya Koo has chided radio presenter, Kwasi Aboagye over his comments on his yet-to-be-launched television channel which is being supported by the government.
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku at a Press Meeting held on Monday, January 29 in Accra, announced the launch of Agya Koo and Daddy Lumba TV, which she said would be part of efforts to promote local content on television.
The announcement of the initiative, however, met heavy criticisms from many entertainers including the host of Peace FM’s Entertainment Review, Kwasi Aboagye, who reportedly said the idea was “nonsense”.
But speaking to Agyemang Prempeh (Agyengo) on Power Entertainment in Power 97.9FM Saturday evening, Agya Koo did not take it lightly with his critics, saying they envy his success in the entertainment industry.
The irked actor went for Kwasi Aboagye’s jugular over his comments and alleged that the broadcaster hates him for his successes over the years.
“Did he want the government to launch Kwasi Aboagye TV for him? He works at UTV, I’m doing my own so what’s his problem? Let me state that he does not like me and it didn’t start recently. If he’s brave he should go and stop the project. He should not be on radio and insult me. He’s just jealous. I started my career before him. Who’s Kwasi Aboagye to criticise the idea? Is he sensible than the Minister or is he sensible than I am? if he’s smart as he claims, he should go and stop the project,” Agya Koo fumed.
The Kumawood actor said Mr Aboagye’s comments were out of envy and his conspicuous penchant to suppress the success of Agya Koo TV.
Explaining the motive behind the move, Agya Koo stated the TV, which shows some of his old comic performances, had started airing on mobile phones and is being enjoyed and patronised by many in the country and abroad.
“Some of my old works are on the TV which is being piloted on mobile phones for now until we officially launch it,” said the comedian who disclosed his commitment to the success of the project.
He said Agya Koo TV is part of is his contribution to the promotion of local content in the Ghanaian media space, therefore he has no time for detractors like Kwasi Aboagye.
But in a sharp rebuttal on the show, Kwasi Aboagye denied attacking Agya Koo. He confirmed criticising the idea to create a government-funded television station for Agya Koo and Hi-life musician Daddy Lumba on Entertainment Review on peace FM last Thursday. To him, there was “no sense” in the idea Madam Catherine Afeku announced.
“I spoke Twi and not English. I did not use ‘foolish’ in my submission. I made that comment as an opinion and said it did not make any sense to launch a TV for the two. I said the two campaigned for the NPP and so I did not see any progress Agya Koo TV and Daddy Lumba TV will make to the industry except for their individual gains,” he said.
Apart from the Radio presenter, Renowned entertainment critic and artiste manager, Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson otherwise known as Bulldog, also kicked against the idea and said the Tourism ministry wanted to reward the two (Agya Koo and Daddy Lumba) for their contribution to the fortunes of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2016 elections.
Describing the idea as “unfair” on Accra-based Hitz FM, Bulldog said “We have Kumawood so why won’t you create Kumawood TV? We pride ourselves in highlife so why not highlife and hip-life TV? I don’t understand where these ideas are coming from. They have shown us that there is reward in supporting political parties. . . Why won’t you say Ghanaian Music TV and Ghanaian Movie TV? So, now Agya Koo is the icon of movies? Where are the people who came before Lumba? Do you expect Kojo Antwi to go on Daddy Lumba TV? It is sad. And this is the mother speaking. Tourism TV makes sense but for Agya Koo TV, Daddy Lumba TV, how?”