I was abused and bullied for ‘Mahama’ joke – OB Amponsah
Obarima Amponsah, better known by his stage name OB Amponsah, alleges the threats and emotional trauma he faced after joking about the name “Mahama.”
OB Amponsah said during an interview with Deloris Frimpong Manso on the Delay Show that a joke he made about former President John Dramani Mahama exposed him to harsh criticism from some Ghanaians and social media users during one of his performances. His phone number was circulated in WhatsApp groups and other social media platforms so that people may call him and attack him for mocking the former president’s name.
“The joke was actually about the name Mahama. The insults were overwhelming. My number was shared in WhatsApp groups just for people to insult me. Some can call and say, you are a fool then hang up the call. They really insulted me. It was not easy. I even cried,” OB Amponsah said.
He’s quickly becoming a household name in the comedy industry while having a great job as an ophthalmologist. Comedy is a means for OB Amponsah to escape the harsh truths of life. I was abused and bullied for the ‘Mahama’ joke – OB Amponsah.
“I make people laugh because it’s fun. In fact, comedy is a safe haven for me. It’s a place I find comfort. So usually when I step on the toes of people, it worries me, but I see it to be part of the job.”
OB Amponsah claims that with the little money he makes from comedy, he hopes to make a difference in people’s lives.
“There are a lot of people in the rural areas, their eyes are hurting them, and they need just a small remedy. That is the aim. So the little I make from comedy it will be going there, to impact lives,” he came to a conclusion.