Since we’re all trying to be famous…

Okay, I’m being real here. A lot of Ghanaian teens like me are being “creative” and using their talents to inspire people and allow people to become enlightened and find something to relate to…I sound ridiculous to MYSELF.

Guys, I’m tired. I’m tired of the hyping and the low quality of the things that are being hyped.
Oh, you have a fashion line? Ah yes, that’s right, those fifty-cedi boots you imported from Nigeria and are selling in that tiny kiosk in between the waakye seller’s and the barber shop. I’ll stick with my ten cedi slippers from Makola, thanks very much.

And there’s the “writers” who KEEP SHARING THEIR OWN WRITING and not bothering to check out the blogs of the people they’re inviting to read them. How are we building a strong young writers’ community when everyone is only paying attention to themselves? There are some who don’t even read! How you gonna know how to write? Sometimes I’m just reading and what I keep repeating to myself is, “That’s supposed to be a capital letter. Ooh, spellcheck let you down. That’s supposed to be a question mark. What the heck are you even saying?

Yeah, this is why I hate Wattpad, you know? It’s stupidly hard to try and find gold amidst all the cess. You want a publisher to discover you and make you an internationally-famous writer, when you CAN’T EVEN PUNCTUATE?!

Don’t even get me started on the musicians. I like how you can be saying things like, “F**k, I get so much p***y the girls be fallin’ over me like s**t…Smoke weed!” Wow, congratulations, you’re sixteen and you know swearwords! Sarkodie or Kanye West is DEFINITELY going to put you on their label! Like naahhh, G, you’re a Ghanaian schoolboy who doesn’t even know what the world looks like outside of your GarageBand app.

I’m talking a lot, but by now you should understand why I was motivated to write this:

Since We’re All Trying To Be Famous

Since we’re all trying to be famous,
Let’s all focus on getting what we create out there.
Let’s call it our “passion”
And choose not to be aware of our own terrible punctuation
Or lack of skill with a photo editor
Or our inability to compose lyrics that make sense.
None of that matters when you’re trying to be famous.

Since we’re all trying to be famous,
Let’s all get frustrated,
Because as we’re hyping ourselves, those we are trying to get to recognize us are trying to get recognized,
So everybody’s speaking and no-one’s listening
And everyone is writing, but nobody’s reading

And this is probably why those who acknowledge themselves as talentless
Are now the wisest people and the best critics;
While these people know how to appreciate what they witness,
The hopeless are still trying to get famous.

-Akotowaa

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11 thoughts on “Since we’re all trying to be famous…

  1. Akotowaa, I hear you about how irritating it is when people won’t take the time to work on their professed interest/skill. It’s good to remind ourselves, daily, that the very best writers, actors, performers, artists–and some times that means famous, and sometimes not–get up in the morning and put their pants on one leg at a time, just like us. What they’ve got going for them is perseverance, the ability to push aside self-doubt and stick with something until they do their ‘thing’ apparently without effort, and find their voice. You, m’dear, are on the right path. Keep going.

    1. Thank you for your encouragement! And I think you’ve made an important point there: that sometimes the people best at what they do are not even famous. Copying blindly wouldn’t be a good idea.

  2. I totally agree with you,especially about Wattpad. It’s so hard to find a great story (plot and grammar). A lot of people are reading the “wrong” content and a strong community of young writers would really help Ghana as a whole.

    1. LOL…I gave up on Wattpad like three weeks after I got on it! :’D
      I mean, there are good stories…but they take WAY too long to discover. So I just stuck to legit published stuff.

  3. I would have written the same thing two years ago.

    1. Don’t sit here complaining about all that is wrong. What have you done to help? Have you ever picked a fellow’s work to review, talk about it, critique whatever?

    2. On community of young writers. I agree with you. But how many folks will reach out and will be willing to work for one another without thinking of self?

    It’s not as easy as it seems.

    1. Hello, Kwabena.

      As to your first point, it’s not so much complaining as stating an observation that too many people are keeping quiet about. It’s different if, for example, you hate food and you keep eating it. This has to do with what people produce from their minds, and it wouldn’t be very appropriate to tell someone to stop or change what they’re doing because they suck.
      I do review and critique people’s works but ONLY when they ask me, and when I don’t understand, I ask questions. I need not be asked to critique if the work is good. If that’s the case, I will compliment it without being prompted. The thing is, most people don’t like negative criticism, and Ghanaians in particular are likely to take your advice the wrong way, so it’s best, in my opinion, to be invited to do so, before you do so. As a side note, I’m a sixteen year old girl; hardly established enough to criticize people’s works as though I was a professional and not an amateur equally prone to fault.

      I would say, however, that I DO spend quite a lot of time correcting, commenting and criticizing the things that people write, because I manage an open blog called The Juvenile Community (thejuvenilecommunity.com) and things contributors send in are not always spectacular. I and my co-editor sometimes have to suggest small things or make inquiries from the writers, and so that practice is kind of helping me slowly improve the writings of other people my age. Maybe that’s not helping enough, but at least it is in my jurisdiction.

      As for the community of young writers who are willing to work with and help each other, that’s whole basis behind my friends and I starting The Juvenile Community, and I have been impressed by the number of people who have been willing to join this community and work together. It hasn’t been as easy as it sounds, I agree, but some people do stick with it till the end.

  4. I was/ am lazy in typing. I am, however, glad that it provoked answers that I wanted.

    I am excited about your project (s). Keep going on, sweetheart. Age doesn’t matter. I am extremely excited about this steaming generation.

    I will rather have you talk about this rather than the original post. The response is progressive.

    Anyway, hit me up if you need a hand in your projects.

    Twitter: brakwabena_
    email: kwabenaagyare@gmail.com

    Good luck !

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