The leaked audio of actor Psalm Adjeteyfio (TT) begging for leftovers, has engendered a seeming rift between entertainment journalist MzGee and Gideon Boako, the aide of Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia.
In the quest to find out how the private conversation between the actor and the journalist, some pointed accusing fingers at MzGee, saying it was irresponsible on her part to have let the audio out.
However, in her response, Gloria Akpene Nyarku-Acquah (MzGee) mentioned how good she had been to actor TT and the fact that the audio was sent to someone in the Vice President’s office (Gideon Boako) to see if they could provide further help to TT after giving him GH 50,000 in September to cater for his rent and upkeep.
In a separate post, MzGee invoked curses on the aide, saying he should never find sleep if he was the one that leaked the audio.
This may have irked Gideon, who also took to Facebook to respond. He mentioned that when he was contacted about the matter, he was told MzGee had already written a story about the issue, but he asked them not to publish it. He also described MzGee’s posture as “malicious propaganda.”
Read his post below:
“Where from this needless rant from Mzgee. I don’t know you and have never dealt with you in my private or public life. It is your husband that I have a working relationship with because of the work I do.
Your husband shares an audio with me in which a voice similar to that of the famous TT is speaking to someone (known to be you). Listening to the audio for the first time, I struggled to understand what it was meant for. Your husband graciously explains the import of it to me in a telephone conversation to the effect that TT had alleged that he is being denied support because of the assistance from the Vice President and some other people including the greater Accra regional minister.
I told your husband that cannot be correct and therefore he should not publish the audio and I will delve into the matter. As at the time, your husband made me understand you had done a story on it, but he is going to ask you to put it on hold. I thanked him.
Days later, your husband drew my attention to a publication on the said audio and I expressed shock and worry because I thought we agreed the content was not accurate and so should not be published. He made me understand it was not from you or him, but someone on Peace FM had used it during an entertainment show and got it published online by a portal. I requested for the link and your husband sent it to me.
I told your husband I did not share it and so we should investigate. I contacted two different persons at Peace FM, including our correspondent at the Jubilee House from Peace FM, Pious. I have not yet received information as to how they got it. Now you hurriedly come out to say I leaked it for political gains. Where is the political gains in this to me or my outfit? You may want to check your trails right and stop the malicious propaganda.”
MzGee’s husband, Raymond Acquah, who is said to have actually sent the audio to the aide also took to social media. He noted that Gideon misrepresented parts of their conversation and requested that he published the audio conversation they had on TT’s plea.
“Gideon Boako Doc, I was expecting after our discussion last night that your post will be taken down or amended to reflect the facts. At least that is what you agreed to do.
For the avoidance of doubt,
(1).I only reached out on Jan 1, 2022 to seek clarification on the relationship established between your office and the actor and asked you to extend further help if it was possible.
(2).At no point in that conversation did I suggest to you that she or I was writing a story on the voice note.
(3).Since we agreed nothing on that voice note cast any bad light on your office, why will you seek to stop its release or thank me for not writing a story on it?
(4).I am equally shocked by the claim that I promised to kill such a story. I am absolutely certain no such statement came out of my mouth. She was right by my side during that conversation with you and when you asked me to share the voice note with you, she gave me the green light.
(5).I know you may have the ability to record phone conversations like the one that transpired between us on Saturday Jan 1,2022 or have at your disposal top-notch security technology to obtain same, please, I beg you in the name of God, publish it here let everybody listen to the conversation and determine for themselves whether I said anything about writing a story and or releasing any tape. In fact, If you release the conversation, and it backs your claims about an indication on my side to release any tape or write any story, I will resign from my current employment and never practise journalism ever again.
(6).Even if you were incensed by what she wrote you gave me your word that you will take this down when I asked you to amend it to reflect the truth, I pray you keep your word.
Unhappy with this, Gideon has fired back again, telling Raymond Acquah, also a broadcast journalist, that he does not record conversations he has with people.
“Raymond, this is not correct, and I don’t think you have to do this. You indicated to me people at your office are telling you my post suggests you had done a story already before contacting me, and so you asked if I could do something about it for you.
I told you the post didn’t say so but rather indicated you mentioned during the conversation that your wife (madam) had penned something down but you would ask her to hold it and I thanked you. You were a bit doubtful you said so but I reminded you, you did.
You asked you cannot ask me to pull the post down but if I can amend some aspects. I told you they are the facts as presented but you and I go a long way so I wouldn’t mind even pulling the post down to avoid any further issues.
I later told you to ask your wife also to pull down what she wrote so we are all on same slate. You indicated she was not at home and I insisted talk to her first to pull down. I thought in that spirit we could move ahead. Admittedly, I woke up this morning to see I missed your call around 11:30pm. I will not speak to all other issues raised since I made my part known in my reply to Mzgee.
And sorry I don’t record phone conversations with anyone. I have never done it in my life. And this is the last time I am commenting on this. Cheers bro.”
The Genesis of the rift
On Monday, January 13, 2022, a voice note of veteran actor TT went viral. In the audio, he is heard asking MzGee to help him get “leftovers” of her food to eat.
He says the money people gave him when he recently came out to ask for support, has been invested in other ventures and will take time to mature.
According to him, ever since the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia gave him GH¢ 5,000 and the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, pledged to pay him a monthly stipend of GH¢1,500, periodic support he used to receive from the public ceased.
While some people have lambasted MzGee for leaking the audio, TT, in an interview with Hertilicious on Empire FM, asked people not to attack her because he trusted she would not do that.
By: Kwame Dadzie | Ghana Weekend