Rufftown record singer, Wendy Shay, wants Ghanaian celebrities to hold hands and fight the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to lift ban forbidding them from advertising for alcoholic beverages.
Taking to Instagram to narrate her ordeal, Wendy Shay said she had just lost a huge sum of money because she couldn’t accept an advertisement deal which was worth thousands of dollars.
She posted: “I just lost a deal worth 1,000s‘ of dollars with this foreign alcohol company… I didn’t know GH Celebrities can’t advertise for alcoholic beverages according to FDA. Like Seriously?!
She added, “Small food we go chop too u wan take 4rm our mouth. Gh celebs wake up!! FDA Lift dat ban!!”
Meanwhile, the ‘Uber Drive’ hitmaker isn’t the only musician against FDA’s celebrity endorsement with regards to alcoholic beverages.
Rapper, Edem, has equally expressed his displeasure and has asked relevant authorities to reverse the decision.
According to him, celebrities were making big money through endorsements for alcoholic beverage companies until the ban came into place.
In 2015, the FDA banned celebrities from advertising alcoholic beverages.
The FDA said at the time that the ban was not only in adherence to a World Health Organisation policy but was part of efforts to protect children and prevent them from being lured into alcoholism.
The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the FDA at the time, John Odame Darkwa, told Adom FM that research conducted by the World Health Organisation had revealed that alcohol-related diseases among children were on the rise and attributed the development to the continuous involvement of celebrities in advertising alcoholic beverages.
He said underage fans of celebrities were easily convinced to practice what their icons did or said so celebrity endorsement for alcoholic beverages was dangerous.