If one is asked to describe one unique thing about radio and TV presenter Afia Schwarzenegger, one is likely to say that she is one kind of a crazy woman. And she knows it!
“Many Ghanaians who listen to me on radio and watch me on television and in movies see me as crazy and I’m cool with it”, she told Showbiz last Monday.
“What they may not know is that really I’m a very quiet and private person.”
Afia hosts the Drive Time show on Happy FM and Kɔkɔɔkɔ on UTV.
“When I am not on air or acting, I am mostly with my children at home or on the prayer grounds inside the Achimota forest praying for my family and my country Ghana”, she said.
Afia Schwarzenegger, real name Valentina Nana Agyeiwaa, who graduated from Word of Faith Bible Institute last three years, said people judge her wrongly because of how loud she is.
“There have been a lot of negative stories about me since I started my career. For example, there have been reports that I am a prostitute and that I killed my late husband to be successful. I hear and read all those stuff but I am not bothered because my family and my children know the real me”.
Talking about her work, Afia Schwarzenegger said no one can stop her from speaking her mind when she knows what she is saying is the truth. To her, once she is addressing an issue which she feels would benefit the country; she does not bother whoever is involved.
“Politicians have tried bribing me from speaking the truth about them because they know their jobs are on the line. Sometimes, I take their money alright but still go ahead to say whatever I have to”.
The 33-year-old actress who has featured in ten Kumawood movies said a lot of celebrities and politicians have problems with her because they know what she says is the truth.
Citing an example of some of the issues she discussed on her show that did not go down well with some celebrities, Afia Schwarzenegger said, “I once criticized Shatta Wale on my show because I felt his behaviour was uncalled for. Shatta Wale insulted Charterhouse for not winning the Artiste of the year at the VGMA last year and when he won it this year, he still went ahead to insult Charterhouse for awarding him the Artiste of the Year. Which ‘correct’ human being would do that?”
Asked whether she was not putting her life at risk by being so blunt, Afia Schwarzenegger who is the lead character on Beauty, a television series on TV3 said she does not fear for her life because she knows her facts are true.
“I don’t just wake up and say things about people without doing my background checks and because I speak the truth all the time, I fear not what anyone would do to me” she said.
Married to Rev. Boakye last year, Afia Schwarzenegger said she is not biased on any issue she discusses on her show because she feels they are all important.
She asked that Ghanaians come close to her and find out who she really is before passing any comments about her.