Akuapem Poloo loses contract with a movie production company in Nigeria
It was not readily expected but yesterday social media queen, Rosemond Alade Brown, also known as Akuapem Poloo paid a big prize for posting the nude picture she took together with her son on Instagram, as she was sentenced to 90 days imprisonment by the Accra Circuit Court.
Two days ago, the budding actress appeared in court all black and occasionally shed tears as if she knew the sad news waiting for her.
Alas, what she, her family, fans, and some Ghanaians prayed against, custodial sentence, had come to pass with the decision of the court likely to affect a contract she signed with a company for a movie production in Nigeria.
It was the morning of Wednesday, April 14 at about 11am when she was first convicted for obscene publication and domestic violence by the court presided over by Mrs Christiana Cann who deferred sentencing to Friday pending the outcome of a pregnancy test, a requirement under which makes it compulsory for a mother stranding trial to take the test before sentencing is passed.
At proceedings, Police Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Agartha Asantewaa, prosecuting told the court that the pregnancy test returned negative before the judge sentenced Ms Brown to 90 days on each count.
The sentences are to run concurrently.
In passing sentence, Mrs Cann quoted a scripture from Colossians 3:25, which states, “Anyone who does wrong will be paid for their wrongs, and there is no need for favouritism,” to back the legal punishment for the offences with a scripture from the Holy Book.
She said although Ms Brown was a first time offender, the actress did not seek the permission of her child before she posted the naked photo.
She continued : “Did she ask for the permission of the child before posting the said picture?”
“Did she respect the child’s right?”
The answer to these questions was a resounding “No”.
Mrs Cann underscored the need to pass a stern punishment to deter others who are fond of posting nude pictures on social media.
She said she was concerned about the decaying societal moral values of the country.
“The action of the accused did not only infringe on the rights of the child. It morally corrupted those who saw the post. It also caused the pride and dignity of the country as a whole.”
“The court is bothered with posting nude photos on social media. There is no doubt that apart from the canker of rape, defilement, physical assault, the publication of obscene materials are on the increase.”
“There is therefore the need to uphold our societal values and deal with this canker. The best interest of the child shall be the primary concern of the court,” Mrs Cann said.
Prior to the judgement, counsel for the convict, Mr Andrew Vortia asked the judge to tamper justice with mercy, noting that Ms Brown had shown remorse, that she was the breadwinner of the family, and the fact that she had pulled down the post.
Counsel reminded the judge that his client pleaded guilty and did not waste the time of the court.
Prosecuting, Chief Insp Asantewaa, told the court that the complainant is Mr Bright K. Appiah, the Director of Child Rights International Ghana.
She said on June 30, 2020, Ms Brown celebrated her son’s seventh birthday and took her nude pictures together with her son, who was also half-naked and posted same on her Instagram page, which had since gone viral on social media.
The policewoman said the conduct of Ms Brown had undermined the dignity of her seven-year-old son.
The prosecution said the complainant petitioned the Director-General CID and the matter was referred to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU).
The court heard that when Ms Brown was arrested, she admitted posting the nude picture she took with her son on social media but explained that she did so inadvertently.
But Chief Inspector Asantewaa insisted that the convict deliberately posted the nude picture on social media.
A write up accompanying the picture read: “I am naked in front of you because this is how naked I was giving birth to you, so in case you find me lying somewhere don’t pass by but see me as your mom who brought you to life.”
Until her conviction, Ms Brown was on a GH¢100,000 bail.
Meanwhile, Mr Appiah has told journalists that the ultimate goal was to protect the rights of children.
He thanked the court for expediting proceedings in the matter.