Actress Jackie Appiah
Ghanaian celebrities in major cities like Accra, Kumasi and Kasoa, would have to stay home for an additional one week.
This is because Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has extended the two week partial lockdown in some of Ghana’s major cities by one week.
President Akufo-Addo made the announcement to the nation on Thursday night, April 9.
Affected areas are Accra, Kumasi and Kasoa, African Entertainment news crew in Accra reports.
Majority of Ghanaian celebrities live in Accra and Kumasi, the two biggest cities in the country.
The lockdown is due to the outbreak of coronavirus in the West African nation.
Addressing the nation on Thursday, President Akufo-Addo pleaded for patience from Ghanaians including celebrities.
The one week extension will take effect from 1am on Monday, April 13.
The initial two week lockdown was due to end on Sunday, April 12.
He stated that the final result from the fight will be freedom from coronavirus.
Celebrities have been taking to social media especially Twitter and Instagram to kill boredom and as well engage their fans.
Reggae-dancehall artist, Shatta, has over the period held what he called the ‘Faith Concert’, performing live on Facebook and YouTube to several music fans from his East Legon-based Ship Mansion residence.
Award-winning songstress, Jane Awindor, popularly known as Efya, who turns 33 today, is expected to celebrate her birthday on Instagram.
Efya was born on April 10, 1987 and is expected to release a new song today as well to mark her 33rd birthday.
Some celebrities have also been engaging their fans on Twitter and Instagram by giving them cash and telephone call cards.
Notable among the celebrities giving away cash are Joselyn Dumas and Wendy Shay.
The lockdown has also be characterised by the usual beefing amongst musicians and producers, as producer Zapp Mallet blasted rapper Sarkodie for comparing him to ‘upcoming’ producers.
Sarkodie has also released what is widely seen as a diss song titled : ‘Sub Zero’, with his usual rival, Shatta Wale condemning for releasing such a song at this time when Ghanaians are worried about their lives.
Shatta Wale (left) and President Akufo-Addo (right)
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo revealed that about 79 percent of the 378 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ghan are imported cases.
He says his decision to close Ghana’s borders has been justified.
According to him, 105 of the confirmed cases came from those who were mandatorily quarantined upon arrival in the country between March 21 and 22, 2020.
As a result, he stated that until the situation is under control, the borders cannot be opened.
*Maintain Good Hygiene*
President Nana Akufo-Addo has urged good personal hygiene across the country.
He has also appealed to everyone to maintain the social distancing protocol.
He stated that the measures have been put in place for the collective good of everyone in Ghana and they must be respected.
*Thanks China, US, Others*
President Akufo-Addo thanked a number of countries and organizations that have extended support to Ghana in its fight against coronavirus.
He made specific mentions of the Governments of China and USA, the World Bank, African Development Bank, the Jack Ma Foundation, among others, for the support they have extended to Ghana.
China recently donated some Personal Protective Equipment to Ghana.
The Jack Ma Foundation did same earlier and the World Bank and African Development Bank availed funds towards the fight of the virus.
Delivering his sixth address on Thursday evening, President Akufo-Addo says “We appreciate the expression of solidarity. A friend in need is a friend indeed.”
Actress and producer, Yvonne Nelson