Friday, 4 November 2016

Ghanaian Actress Tests positive for HIV – Stigma

Beautiful Canadian born Ghanaian actress who has received several awards and nominations, including the awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2010 African Movie Academy Awards and Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2007, tested positive for HIV! This was according to the script in the new movie, ‘Stigma’ in which Jackie Appiah stars as Vanessa. ‘Stigma’ also features veterans in Nollywood like Hilda Dokubo, Emeka Ike, Emeka Duru and Ngozi Nwosu among others. It was produced and directed by multiple award winning Nigerian filmmaker Dagogo Diminas. ‘Stigma’ is set for release this December.The movie is a drama about ignorance and the consequences of carelessness. But it as well portrays the power to overcome desperate situations in life, to burst one’s bonds and finally to be what you want to be. The life that surrounds Vanessa in the small community in Obonoma is manageable. Her mother, Ibiso, works as the local midwife, she is the only child of an already finished relationship and her mother’s job permits her to go to school. There are few obligations for her until her mother decides to accept the rampant promises of Smart Bob Manuel and marry him. Quickly this new stepfather shows his real face including his penchants for other women, stealing the mother’s money and spending it on his extensive journeys to the local bar. Finally his foolish ends in the house and in the arms of Ibiso’s best friend. How do I tell My Husband I can Never get Pregnant After so many Abortions? Vanessa’s childhood come to an abrupt end when her mother becomes ill, first without knowing the reason, and Vanessa needed to work in her mother’s profession to support the family with now two more little children. She must learn about the enormity of ignorant thinking when a doctor and very good friend of hers diagnosed her mother AIDS positive. She needed the support of the community including family members and her stepfather who ostracize her mother and her. What happens next? Are we learning as a society? ‘Stigma’ has a lot of lessons for one and all!April Fool..lolz

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