Akuapem Poloo, born Rosemond Brown, was handed a 90 days (three months) jail sentence by the Accra Circuit court, on Friday, April 16, 2021.
She was convicted on the charges of publication of obscene material and domestic violence, for posting a nude photo of herself and her seven-year-old son on his birthday on June 30, 2020.
However, Akuapem Poloo is not the first showbiz personality to be handed jail sentence for committing an offence.
Here are eight other Ghanaian showbiz personalities who were imprisoned:
Born Nana Akwasi Agyemang, G-man was one of Ghana’s finest dancers and musicians. He could play the piano, drums, and guitar.
He released four albums between 1986 and 1992. His greatest hit Highlife in G major was released in 1986.
In a scuffle with a taxi driver, in 1995, he shot the taxi driver. According to him, he never meant to kill the driver but threatened him to reverse a curse he placed on him and his friend Abieku Nyame alias Jagger P after picking sand from their footsteps. He was sentenced to death by hanging in 1995 and was released by a presidential pardon granted him in 2009 by outgoing President, John Agyekum Kufuor.
G-Man spent 14 years in jail. He is currently a pastor.
2. Daasebre Gyamenah
Highlife musician Daasebre Gyamenah was jailed in 2006 in the United Kingdom for possessing substances suspected to be cocaine when he disembarked from the British Airways flight from Accra.
Reports from the Heathrow Airport indicated that on their routine checks on passengers arriving at the airport, customs officials, aided by sniffer dogs, picked out the suitcase of the Ghanaian musician.
According to a spokesman for the Customs and Excise at the Heathrow Airport in London, Mr Bob Geiger, Daasebre Gyamena had in his possession two kilograms of the suspected substance concealed in his suitcase. He said the street value of the substance was about £100,000.
Gyamenah was subsequently charged for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the UK and was arraigned before the Uxbridge Magistrate’s court in London, where he was remanded in custody, and subsequently jailed.
He was released from jail in 2007. He died on July 27, 2016.
Gyamenah came into the limelight with his hit song, Kokooko, in 1999.
3. Kwaw Kese
Hiplife musician, Kwaw Kese, was jailed in 2014 jailed for smoking cannabis in public.
A High Court sentenced him to a day in jail and ordered him to pay a fine of Gh¢1,200. Kwaw Kese paid the fine and served the one-day jail sentence.
The musician was on remand for over a month at the Kumasi Central Prison before he was bailed on December 30, 2014.
4. Ibrahim Sima
Ibrahim Sima was the Chief Executive Officer of the Exopa Modelling Agency.
He was sentenced by an Accra Fast Track High Court in September 2011 for possessing and attempting to export 4.9 kilogrammes of cocaine concealed in four tubers of yam.
He died at the Nsawam prison where he was serving a 15-year jail term for trafficking narcotics.
Sima passed away after suffering injuries from a football game. Prior to his death, Sima had complained of a headache. He died on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Police Hospital after he had been rushed there.
5. Isaac Abeiku Aidoo (Goodies)
Isaac Abeiku Aidoo (Goodies), the Chief Executive Officer of Goodies Production, was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment in hard labour by an Accra Circuit Court for attempting to export 80 pellets of cocaine to London after he changed his plea to guilty.
The trial of the accused person came to an abrupt end when in his defence, he apologised and prayed the court presided over by Mahamadu Iddrisu to deal leniently with him as he had never intended to engage in any drug business.
The trial judge did not waste time in sentencing Mr Aidoo to 13 years each on two counts of possessing and attempted exportation of narcotic drug without lawful authority, with the sentences running concurrently.
Mr Aidoo was released from the Nsawam Prison on Tuesday, December 23, 2014.
He renamed his record lable Goodies Music International (GMI), and is now based in Belgium.
Ghanaian musician Deeba shot to fame during the early days of hiplife with his popular tune, Deeba.
He was arrested by Interpol after a long search, for allegedly defiling his 8-year-old stepdaughter of his fiancee in the United Kingdom.
A legal document in relation to this case mentions that Deeba returned to Ghana from the United Kingdom after living in the UK with his fiancée, with whom he has two biological kids. It was during his two years stay in the United Kingdom (2006-2008) that he was alleged to have committed this inhumane act on the 8-year-old stepdaughter and then fled to Ghana.
7. Ramzy Amui
In 2010, William Ramzy Amui, first runner-up in the first edition of a music reality show, Stars of the Future was sentenced to 10-year imprisonment with hard labour by the Tema High court.
Ramzy and eight others pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, armed robbery, and dishonesty.
His counsel, Capt Nkrabea Effah-Darteh, was not in court at the time of the sentence. Prosecuting the case, State Attorney, Ms Hilda Worwonyo told the court that the complainant in the case, Mrs Cynthia Koda, a Tema-based businesswoman on January 23, 2007, reported an armed robbery attack to the Tema Regional Police.
According to Ms Worwonyo, Mrs Koda said her 4×4 Toyota Hylander with registration number GT 6409X and an amount of GHC300 were taken from her at gunpoint at her community 11 shop the previous evening.
Ramzy was released on December 29, 2017. He is now a minister of God.
8. Shaka Zulu
Born Richard Kwabena, Shaka Zulu, a bouncer and a popular face on television, was jailed in 2013 by an Accra High Court for robbery.
Shaka Zulu was sentenced by the Court along with three others to 30 years imprisonment each for robbery.
They were said to have violently robbed a businessman, Clever Omwarihiren, at gunpoint at Baatsona on the Spintex Road in Accra.
Shaka Zulu and his accomplices were found guilty and each handed 15 years for conspiracy to commit a crime and 15 years each for robbery.
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