‘Vodafone Icons’ is staged— Stephanie Benson asserts

‘Vodafone Icons’ is staged— Stephanie Benson asserts

For so long, many Ghanaians have doubted the authenticity of some awards and reality shows organised in the country.

However, a United-Kingdom based Ghanaian singer, Stephanie Benson has confirmed the suspicion by asserting that, a popular reality show, “Vodafone Icons” is staged.

According to her, she quickly laid down her post as a judge of the show when she realised the manipulated and influenced system of the show.

The 51-year old sultry jazz singer explained  that she did not want to partake in anything which was untrue and unreal.

“I did not become a judge in the subsequent editions because I did not want to be part of something which is not genuine. Some of the participants kept calling me to complain about how things were done behind the scenes so I felt it is staged and don’t want to be part,” she explained.

Stephanie Benson said partaking in such a scheme would run her name into the mud, hence her decision.

“No I felt it was staged and as such people who merited rewards weren’t rewarded. I respect my brand so much and didn’t want to be part of anything fraudulent so I just raised my demands over and over till they couldn’t meet them so I could leave,” she added.

The beautiful singer went on to reveal that she sometimes felt being a panelist on the show was an illusion as decisions from the panels didn’t translate to whatever happened in the background.

“Icons” is an umbrella reality show organised by a telecommunication operator, Vodafone Ghana in the year 2011.

The Vodafone Icons initiative intends to empower the youth by given them the platform to exhibit their music talent

The first year’s edition  dubbed: “Icons: Diva’s Edition” saw RnM emerging as the overall winner of the competition.

The reality show has also groomed talents including Wiyaala and Bogo Blayyo.


Joyceline Natally Cudjoe

An Entertainment Columnist, Content Writer, Blogger, Novelist, Poet, and a Publicist. For business or story tip off, contact me on +233 24 646 6866 or email: [email protected]

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