Entertainment of 2014-02-26

State of the Nation: Don’t blame Prez. Mahama - says Yvonne Nelson

The news-making actress, Yvonne Nelson does not only talk about acting, heartbreak and bleaching, she also has some say when it comes to governance and the state of the economy.

The actress shared her thoughts on the state of the Ghanaian economy when she conversed with KOD on GHOne’s Hanging out with KOD’ – where she expressed her displeasure on the inability of her leaders to provide basic things like water, electricity and fuel for the people.

The ‘House of Gold’ actress admitted that she is not happy with African politicians including those in Ghana and what is going on in the country. However, she thinks President John Mahama should not be blamed for the current state of our economy especially on issues to do with water shortages and inconsistent electricity supply.

“I am not happy with the politicians! No, I am not. We have a lot of issues so we can’t blame the current President for anything. I believe that these things have been going on for a very long time so you can’t blame him because he is our current leader. Most of our problems started from the previous administrations,” she said.

By her declaration, Yvonne has taken a u-turn on her thoughts on the President considering her tweet last year on how President Mahama should do something on the state of the economy.

Asked what she would tell the President if she gets to spend 10 minutes with him, Yvonne said, “Basically, general developmental issues will be discussed. Things we see around us like electricity, water and other utilities are causing us headaches these days.”

“I sit back and see politicians and the things they say about helping their own people and when they come to power, they act like we are all good. When we complain, it’s like nothing happens.

“I do vote every election year but what does it do anyways? Voting is good but empty promises are too much and it’s about time our leaders act,” Yvonne stressed.

She also stated that Ghanaians have a bad attitude of being comfortable with everything and most of us are scared to talk about things we are not happy about. “It is a Ghanaian attitude. We are very comfortable and when are not happy about certain things, some of us are afraid to speak about it and it is bad.”

Asked what she thinks can be done to better the situation in Ghana now, she proposed, “I think for now, things that affect Ghanaians such as utilities like electricity and fuel should be tackled because these are things that we use on daily basis and if the prices are high, we will complain.

The leggy actress said she would have loved to serve in a political office in order to help make Ghana a better place. “I would love to help Ghana but I don’t like the way politicians go about their operations and how they make promises and renege on them but I would like to serve and help Ghana if things are done well.”

On what she loves about Ghana she said, “I do all these for Ghana. I want to project Ghana and Africa for people to see what we are capable of doing.”

The former beauty queen, actress, film Producer and philanthropist said she would love to be the voice of the people in future, “I just want to be a voice for the people. I believe a lot of people in Ghana are not happy,” she concludes.