Interview with Akua Boahemaa Boate, co-hostess of Ghana-based TV3’s popular live show christened Ghana’s Most Beautiful
11/19/2011 11:57:45 PM -
1. Who is Akua Boahemaa Boate (ABB)?ABB is a fresh individual who is looking to bring an additional dimension to broadcasting whereby my primary concern is providing an opportunity for the voice of the voiceless to be heard and understood; an opportunity to inspire and educate the youth - especially the female youth
2. How did you get interested in broadcasting? I have had an interest in broadcasting from a very early age; however, there was nothing specific that drew my attention but I always believed I had an innate ability in front of the camera
3. What sort of upbringing did you have abroad and in Ghana? I had a normal upbringing both in the UK and Ghana. In the UK I was exposed to a very structured lifestyle while in Ghana, although there was structure, it was not as rigid. The experiences and influences of both countries has allowed me to develop a variety of skillsets and the ability to easily adapt in any environment and this has shaped my outlook on life
4. Do you manage to squeeze in a love life between your job as TV hostess and all other projects? I have had to learn to manage my time effectively and thus have learned to fit in all activities with relative ease
5. If you were not on TV, what would you be doing? Well, having successfully pursued a career in Law, the lure of the camera has taken precedence.
6. Who inspire you? I believe the human being in its entirety inspires me. Our desire to survive irrespective of the circumstances we find ourselves epitomizes our essence.
7. Which TV personality do you admire? Abroad and in Ghana Abroad I admire Trevor McDonald as he represents and inspires Africans in the diaspora to achieve; In Ghana I admire Giffa as she tells it like it is and not afraid to speak her mind
8. Tell us about your earlier adventures as well as your stint with Ghana's Most Beautiful (GMB) show. Life previous to the GMB show was very much predictable as I was managing my household and nurturing my 2 beautiful daughters Angel and Abidaisy. However, since the GMB show, my work load has increased exponentially in a manner totally different albeit pleasantly. After the little beauties are asleep, I mentally prepare for the show sometimes having long days and short nights. However, I appreciate that a high work load comes with the territory of the GMB Show and as such my strong work ethic helps me to cope admirably
9. Did you always harbour a desire to work for TV3? I always harboured a desire to work in TV but never restricted myself in thought to any single station
10. What has been your most difficult moment on the GMB show? There has never been a difficult moment; I would prefer to see it rather as challenging as the last thing I expected was to have hundreds of people chanting ABB and to have such a huge following in such a short space of time. For this I am humbled by the generosity of Ghanaians
11. Has working on GMB show influenced your personal fashion taste? I have always had a taste for fashion. The GMB show has allowed me to add an additional dimension and mix a variety of cultures to create a new blend which I plan to release on my ABB Show to be aired in the near future
12. Do you enjoy the fame of being a TV personality? I do not see it as fame; I see it as more an opportunity to engage with personalities at all levels and an opportunity to blend with all whose paths cross mine whilst imparting and exchanging views that would help us all to become more rounded and better developed human beings.
13. You lived abroad for a while, what were you doing there? I was pursuing a degree in Law and broadening my horizons by engaging in travel around Europe
14. Is there anything you miss abroad? There is nothing I miss as there is no place like home and Ghana will always be home no matter how long I stay away. The warmth of the Ghanaian people is something that will always be missed when away from Ghana
15. What was your most enjoyable part of living abroad? I would say it would be the opportunity to interact with a variety of cultures without having to leave the shores of England. London was very cosmopolitan and in my area I had Chinese, Indian, English, Jamaican and Guyanese friends
16. And do you hope for a long broadcasting career in Ghana? I have left the decision for a long broadcasting career open to the people of Ghana. If they continue to love me I would stay in Broadcasting as I relish the challenges
17. Have you settled into the Ghanaian lifestyle easily having had a long stay abroad? I am a true Ghanaian at heart so there is no adjustment required when at home
18. What are your hobbies? My hobbies are varied; I enjoy reading, travelling, fashion, music and just generally having a good chin wag with anyone who wishes to engage
WHO AM I?
I am Judith Akua Boahemaa Boate, a young lady who has spice to make a positive impact on society through a variety of skills and personal life experiences. I am an outgoing, friendly and a team player with a positive attitude to life. I like to take on challenges, performing professional tasks with tact and high sense of responsibility. I have an inherent desire to seek for success in the media industry where I have currently started with the "Ghana's Most Beautiful" beauty pageant on TV3.
The Gift of life
Honesty and Fair play
Communicate well at all Levels,
I see the challenges the youth are facing today and my objective is to use my personal experiences and skills to contribute and change the lives of people especially women, utilizing media as the preferred channel since it is an influential tool to reach out to people at large. I would like to empower people and to remind them all that they possess a special gift which is the gift of survival.
I believe that if we did not have rain, we would not know how to appreciate sunshine. I believe life is full of challenges and being challenged is not always a bad thing.
WHAT IS MY IDEA OF SUCCESS?
My idea of success is wealth and being able to impact positively on someone's life for a better tomorrow.
FOR WHOM DO YOU WANT CHANGE?
I would like to change the youth especially women and their perception about life.
WHY SHOULD PEOPLE LOVE ME?
I should be loved because I love to work with people. I am sympathetic and I love to relate with people by ministering to them and above all to see them successful. My greatest joy is to give myself to people (i.e. is love). What you give out is what comes back to you; this is the natural principle of life. People should also love me because, I am approachable, affectionate, and I can engage with an audience and impart my positive energy.