Who would have thought 'The Late Afternoon Show' was going to start with such a bang? Honestly speaking, my team and I have been working on this idea for so long that it even scared us when we finalized on the premiering date because we weren't sure if we had cooked the most 'tasty meal' for our audience. Were we sure it was going to be different? Hell Yea!! We knew from the start that our first episode was going to either make or break the show as it is with many other shows and because of that we worked assiduously towards it.
Whose idea was it to discuss homosexuality for the first episode? Mine!! It was at a time when the conversation had picked up among Ghanaians after the wedding between two homosexuals, Stephen Anertey Caesar, an Alumnus of Motown (91 Year Group) and Ryan Lathrum, in Sonoma Valley, America caused an uproar across the country with people expressing diverse opinions on the matter. I noticed that it was a conversation that would interest the public even more if discussed on TV and so we decided to take up that challenge of finding a gay man to tell us his story. Trust me it wasnt easy finding one who was willing to open up for the fear of being tagged or assaulted by Ghanaians. We still managed to get a group of young men eager to speak. Bingo!! Now the headache was on how to go about it without necessarily looking like we were encouraging the act as its literally a taboo to be gay in Ghana and even worse to come out seemingly supporting it but yea we had a solid team so we worked some magic.
I was so nervous on the day of the premiere because this was a new direction altogether for me (even though my work on Moments on DSTV had already prepared me for it) and I was not sure what the reviews were going to be like. I knew the eyeballs were going to shoot up the roof as we heavily promoted the show ahead of time and my worry was whether the viewers were going to like this new direction. The reviews were AH-MAAA-ZING!!!! People loved it and I thanked God so much for answering my prayers. But did you think i didn't pray fervently about this? I don't play with God you know....He answered my prayer...Thank you Jesus!!
So now to the critics...... I appreciate every single one of you that sent your congratulatory messages and the criticisms as well. However, what I don't understand is why people thought I should not have discussed the topic as I looked like I was condoning the act. First of all I am Christian and I am fully aware of what the bible says against NOT JUST homosexuals, adulterers, thieves, liars et al. However my reason for choosing this topic was also because I felt it was important to let Ghana know that there were young people involved and maybe if we lent them an ear, we would understand better how to handle the situation rather than criticize them continually. For me I believe love is what brings about change and getting closer to them and having them trust you enough to open up is the best way to speak to them on ways by which they could have a change in mind and attitude. Roll your eyes all you want but that's the truth! Besides why judge so harshly when you sin daily? Has anyone lynched you for lying, stealing, fornicating? So there we go, before you cast a stone, take out the dirt in your eye. In short, lets find better ways of dealing with this issue and preaching the WORD to them and allow God to do the rest.
Anyway did you see my interview with 'Junior'? OH my!!! Did he really say he likes them tall and built like EL? I had to hold myself from laughing out loud but now that I have the opportunity, here we go....hahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahha....... And no I wasn't worried at all about it so get your mind out of the gutter!!! Anyway here is the link to the episode if you missed it and look forward to our next episode on Friday as we discuss 'How wrong it is to call a girl/woman FAT'. don's miss it. Wink!! https://youtu.be/bUHVbfiOtDc