If You Don’t Sexualize Yourself In The Industry, You Won’t Get Gigs – iOna Reine

Ghanaian singer Mercy Onuawunto Sam otherwise known in showbiz as iOna Reine, has for the first time opened up about the dark side of being a female musician in Ghana.

The singer in an interview via phone call revealed to Atanga Alex of Yem FM in the Upper East regional capital, Bolgatanga revealed that women sell their craft by packaging themselves in a sexy way.

She however lamented that in our part of the world, when a lady tries being sexy in other to push her craft forward, she is never supported but only perceived as a sex object.

She noted that when female musicians meet people to help them project their talent to the outside world, the only thing they ask of first is sex.

She claimed this is the reason most of the major shows across the country are being headlined by men in the entertainment industry.

“Your career might be stagnant if you are not ready to sleep with these men. most female musicians who end up sleeping with them don’t even get what they want and this makes the men take undue Advantage of these poor female musicians.” She stated.

“Every favor, they will want to sleep with you. So if you are not ready to be sleeping around, it means that you are going to be a bit stagnant. Even if you allow them to sleep with you, sometimes people even sleep with you and they will not help. The men take undue advantage of the women”, she bemoaned.

iOna Reine is of the view that women in the Ghanaian music scene can only rub shoulders with men if the populace desists from perceiving women as sex objects and recognize them as artists capable of performing wonders.

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