Award winning Ghanaian actress/broadcaster, Joselyn Dumas has lashed out at critics who continuously attack female celebrities in the country.
The curvy mother of one who recently called out organisers of 3 Music Awards on social media for not paying for her services after hosting the maiden edition of the awards event in March 24, 2018 indicated that her action was a good course to speak out for celebrities who have been taken for granted by several events and individual organizers.
The television and radio personality expressed sadness with regards to how several people have labelled them whores because they claimed most of these female celebrities warm the beds of some business men in order to survive.
But, confuting such claims, the multiple award winning actress stated that they (celebrities) work so hard to take care of their families with their talent which many individuals and organizations have always delayed or refused to acknowledge their crafts.
Dumas also added that several Ghanaian celebrities are making an honest living through their crafts but people especially event organizers seem not pleased with their efforts even when a consensus has been reached in the contract.
“It’s not easy out there…Contrary to what people think, a lot of us in the industry are making an honest living and this is how we make our living so if you don’t pay, how am I going to live.” She told Merqury Quaye on Hitz FM.
According to her, it costs so much to maintain her brand so she feels cheated when she is not paid for services she renders for an organization or an individual.
“You call us ‘Ashawobrities’ and claim there is no celebrity in Ghana. How do you expect some of us to live and survive if you don’t pay us what is owed us and because you feel like the talent is not tangible so you’re not going to pay me or someone sitting there will think, why are you giving this girl this amount for just talking. But it’s not just talking. Even when you go out, you pay for the dress you wear and might not be able to repeat same dress at other places, the make up artist, your hair are all paid for and by the time you’re done that cheque you’re getting, you’re spending one-third of it.”
She claimed though she has compèred so many events and shows for free, it was based on good rapport with the organizers.
“I even do emceeing for free sometimes but it’s all about communication. I’ve been trying to be civil with this gentleman (Sadiq Abdulai) and I know him and worked with him and he is an amazing person who believes in the arts but at the end of the day, you can’t play with my daily bread.” Joycelyn Dumas said on Hitz FM.
Relating 3 Music Awards organizers inability to fulfill their part of the contract for hosting their maiden awards event held at the Fantasy Dome in Accra, Dumas said, “you’ve a family, bills and child to look after so what are we supposed to do? We need to respect our creatives and give them what is due.”
She further stated that event organizers failure to pay what is due an artiste or actor is the reason why the creative arts industry keep retrogressing.
“This is what we know and do for a living. This is why our industry is actually suffering because nobody is paying for anything. Everybody is taking everyone for granted in the industry. When you hire a talent pay the person because my talent is what I’m offering to the table and your payment is what you’re bringing to the table… I’ve been able to fulfill my bargain, fulfill yours too.” Dumas added.