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REJOINDER: Filmmaker Juliet Asante Disappointed In Media Who Quoted Her As Saying She Won’t Get Involved In Politics – She Fingers Ghanaweb And Others

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Several online portals – notable ones being Peacefmonline, Myjoyonline, and Ghanaweb.com, reported that:

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Ghanaian actress and producer, Juliet Yaa Asantewaa Asante, has stated she will not get involved in any political party activities until there was a strong conviction for that. She made this assertion during an interview on Joy FM news on Tuesday, 27th Dec, 2016.

Juliet Asante

After she was asked a series of questions which involved whether celebrities should use their stardom to publicly endorse a political party, she said ‘’From where I stand, politics is a really serious matter and I feel that as a continent and as a country, there is so much more that we can do.”

“I feel that as an individual and as a brand and as someone who has ears, at the point where I feel strongly enough that I need to make a stand for any political party I will actually be involved in the activity of that political party.’’

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She did not state or even imply she will not get involved in politics. However, all the reportage on the said interview quoted her as saying (in their headlines): “I will not get involved in politics” – Juliet Asante.

Peeping at her LinkedIn post on Tuesday, 27th Dec, 2016, evening, Presspeep.com observed that Ms. Juliet Asante is highly disappointed at the reportage. She expressed her disappointment at Ghanaweb. Presspeep.com contacted her and she confirmed her disappointment at the report and called for a rejoinder to the earlier story:

Below is a summary of Juliet Asante’s professional background on her LinkedIn profile:

Summary

Double Masters, Harvard Kennedy School: Public Policy & Public Administration. Award winning filmmaker. Latest film, ‘SilveRain’ nominated ‘Best Film In Africa 2015’ AMVCA. Founder and President of the Black Star International film festival. Also founder of Eagle Productions Ltd a production company and Mobilefliks, a distribution company. Mentors at MIT and lectures Mass Communications at Webster university. An Entrepreneur in both the Private and Non-for profit sector. Award winning Artist
Honors
• The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Next Generation Awards’ -2009
• The ‘World of A Difference 100 Most Impactful Women’ by the Alliance for Women (TIAW) – 2009
• Ghana’s Assoc. of Women Entrepreneur leaders -2009
• Best Actress Award for Ghana – 2009

Presentations:
– The Role of Women in Global Security – Copenhagen 2010 (US/Danish Government)
– Women Access to Capital – Ghana 2010
– Using Media to bridge the Gender Gap – World Economic Forum on Africa 2010

Fellowships & Memberships
– MIT Legatum Center Catalyst fellow
– Founding Member of the Demeter Entrepreneurs Network
– Aspen leadership network (Current)
– Legatum fellow
– The Entertainment council of the WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM.
– Fortune 500/State Department Mentor-ship Program

Mentoring Assignments
– Paley Center for Media – Pat Mitchell
– Life Time Television – Andrea Wong

Acting Landmarks
– Appeared in HBO’s Deadly Voyage, starring Omar Epps and Sean Pertwee.
– Mnet hit seris, Tinsel

Publisher and Editor at Large
– The Entertainment Today magazine.

Specialties: Entrepreneur, Investment, Strategic Management, leadership, Gender advocate.