“Any famous person in entertainment is a celebrity” – Wendy Shay hits back at COP Kofi Boakye

Award-winning Ghanaian singer and Ruff Town’s Wendy Asiamah Addo famed as Wendy Shay, is educating Ghanaians on what the word “celebrity” means.

According to Wendy Shay, “celebrity is an English word which means a famous person especially in sports and entertainment “.

Wendy Shay believes Ghanaians do not understand the correct definition of “celebrity”; hence, they have coined their definition to suit everyone.

In a tweet, Wendy Shay wrote:

Celebrity is an English word, it means a famous person especially in entertainment or sports etc., but it seems some Ghanaians have their own definition for the word celebrity, somebody being famous(celebrity) to Dey pain u people ooh Dabi smh. Ghana wake up!”.

Her tweet comes following Commissioner of Police Kofi Boakye’s recent definition of a ‘celebrity’ in Ghana.

Speaking at a meeting between the Ghana police and creative people held last week, COP Kofi Boakye expressed worry over demands some of the celebrities made at the meeting with (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare.

The outspoken senior police noted a need to clarify who a celebrity is and who deserves that title.

“Who is a celebrity? What is the operational definition of the word celebrity? I think we should get that because I am confused. We are confused. Is it that when you appear in one film, or you do one song, you qualify to be called a celebrity or what? And you see, because we are confused, we do not know what you want,” he said.

“I want to say that the sense of entitlement of celebrities is becoming overwhelming and I just don’t get it. Some of the things that you do are disgusting, truth be told. If we cannot arrest pickpockets, we cannot arrest armed robbers. No one is above the law. When you fault it and the law has to deal with you, we will, so that it will deter others.

“If you want privileges, what privileges do you want? That you can pull a weapon anytime and nothing would be done to you? No, that is not possible, we cannot do that..” COP Kofi Boakye retorted.

Most Ghanaians have embraced his definition, but it seems this did not sit well with Wendy Shay.

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