In a candid revelation, Ghanaian actress Akofa Edjeani has shed light on the pervasive issue of sexual harassment within the entertainment industry. Speaking on Showbiz A-Z on Joy FM, she disclosed a distressing incident where she lost a movie role because she declined to engage in a sexual relationship with a film director.
The actress recounted an experience during the shooting of two movies back to back, where she was asked by the director to visit his room under the guise of watching a movie. Akofa firmly refused the inappropriate invitation, which ultimately led to her exclusion from the second movie. Despite her agreement to lower her rates for the project, she faced repercussions for rejecting the director’s advances.
Throughout her career, Akofa has maintained her integrity and refused to compromise her principles for the sake of securing movie roles. She emphasized the importance of believing in one’s talent and not succumbing to the pressures exerted by individuals seeking to exploit their position of power.
Her courageous revelation serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by women in the entertainment industry and underscores the need for greater awareness and action to combat sexual harassment. Akofa’s advice to young women aspiring to enter the creative industry is to stay true to themselves and not be swayed by the manipulative tactics of predatory individuals.
The discussion on Showbiz A-Z also featured insights from other women in the industry, including comedian Jacinta Ocansey, event executive Whitney Boakye-Mensah, and musician Mimi Andani.
Showbiz A-Z, airing on Joy 99.7 FM, continues to provide a platform for important conversations about the entertainment industry and its impact on society.