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Celestine Donkor apologizes for Ewe surnames comments

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Beloved Gospel singer from Ghana, Celestine Donkor recently issued a public apology for remarks made during a TV3 interview that sparked controversy.

In the interview, Donkor and the host, Cookie Tee (Shirelly Emma Tiblilla), engaged in banter about Ewe surnames, expressing preferences for “lighter” names over what they described as “heavy” Ewe names.

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This conversation drew criticism from social media users who accused them of mocking Ewe culture.

Donkor took to social media on May 15, 2024, to express regret for her words, emphasizing her pride in her Ewe heritage and clarifying that the remarks were meant in jest and not reflective of her true feelings.

“I granted an interview on Today’s Woman on TV3, and when I discovered the host, Cookie Tee, is an Ewe, I just got excited, and we started joking about the heaviness of our Ewe surnames. It was just a joke that came up in a conversation.

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“To my surprise, from all the comments I’ve read so far, it turns out to be a bad joke, an expensive joke. And who am I? I’m just human. Most of the time, when we go on these interviews, as much as we have a pure heart and a clear mind, it’s not everything you say that will be pleasing to somebody, and so I’m sorry,” she said.

She acknowledged that humor doesn’t always land well with everyone and apologized for any offense caused.

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“And this will in no way tarnish my pride as an Ewe. I have proven over the years in my music journey that I am a very, very proud Ewe. And absolutely nothing is going to change that fact. Anyone who has truly followed me knows that I’m very proud of it.

“With love and respect to all of you. I take all the comments in good faith. I interpret them as an expression of your love. Those who love you are those who correct you when you’re wrong. So thank you so much, and I’ll keep doing my best,” she concluded.

The singer affirmed her deep respect for the Ewe language, calling it a spiritual language and encouraged her followers to see the incident as a learning opportunity.

She thanked them for their feedback and assured them that her pride in being Ewe remains unwavering.

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