Ace Journalist and broadcaster, Oheneyere Gifty Anti, has divulged that one of her cherished lessons from her dad on stardom was the lesson of humility.
Speaking to YFM’s Rev. Erskine on the Y Leaderboard Series, she related that when she began her career on TV, her father taught her a lesson on humility by engaging her in a household chore she was not expecting to do at the time.
She narrates, “When I started appearing on TV and I thought I was all that, one Monday morning my dad woke me up and asked me to sweep the gutter in front of our house.
The breakfast show was the first ever morning show on TV in Ghana. This show that I hosted used to be only on Thursdays.
And where we lived in Tema community eight, all the company buses used to drive around with the workers. I was sweeping and the people in the buses were passing and were like. ‘Ah! Isn’t it that girl on TV?’
So after sweeping, I went to my room and went to cry .My dad came in and said, ‘Listen, this is not to punish you. But this is to let you know that you are the least in this family. You are the youngest in the family. I don’t know where my dad got this from but he said, ‘there is something called the curse of stardom. If you let it get into your head, it will mess you up. He told me never to forget where I am coming from. I should remember this is just a privilege”.
Gifty furthered that her dad brought home the importance of always staying alert in whatever you do. “My dad told me that I should never forget while I am busy messing up, someone is busy warming up to take over from me”, she added.
While she admitted that she lost track along the way, Gifty noted that her father’s advice was something she always remembered.
“I mean along the line, I messed up a bit. Sometimes it gets into your head but I never forgot that experience so I always remember that it is just by grace. I have been on TV for almost 25 years, how come I am still relevant?”
By: Alberta Dorcas N D Armah