Getting selected as MC for the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) is a big thing but actress/ presenter, Naa Ashorkor, says she “prepared hard” when tasked by Charterhouse to steer affairs on the night of the biggest event on the Ghanaian entertainment calendar.
The long preparations, she told Showbiz in a chat on Friday, resulted in her good delivery as MC despite being a “new comer”.
“VGMA is undoubtedly the biggest event here in Ghana. It’s a day everyone irrespective of their social background looks forward to and being selected as MC for the day is definitely no child’s play. I really prepared very well for the day because I knew I didn’t have just my brand to protect but that of the awards scheme as well”.
Being the only “newbie” among the three with DJ Black and Chris Attoh, the Perfect Picture actress said she was a bit nervous but the confidence reposed in her by the organisers, Charterhouse, as well as some “elders” she looked up to in the industry were enough inspiration for her to put up a good show.
“My secret was just to be myself and not anyone else on stage. I wanted the audience to see Naa Ashorkor and not anyone else and I’m happy I didn’t disappoint all the people who had faith in me,” she said.
She is no “stranger” to hosting some of the biggest events in Ghana. For instance, she has hosted the Malaika pageants and the VGMA Red Carpet in previous years and has been host of The Zone on Starr FM. But all the while, Naa Ashorkor said, “I was training to take up the big shot one day”.
A “fulfilled experience” as she describes it, Naa said given the chance, she would love to host the VGMAs again. “I love the positive feedback and I’m humbled by it. It took a lot of preparations and prayers and I’m happy people appreciate the effort,” she stated.
Away from the VGMA, she also spoke of the growing interest in theatre now. She, as a lover of theatre has cast in many plays including Vagina Monologue and Don’t Dress for Christmas.
Naa Ashorkor, who has featured in many movies including Scorned and Adams Apples is currently working on the Starr Woman project.
“It is an initiative which seeks to empower young women entrepreneurs to believe in the beauty of their dreams and go after them. The first edition was a huge success and the second is expected to come off on July 29 of this year,” she stated.
Currently, she is preparing for her new play, What happened to Courtship which is slated for the National Theatre on Saturday, May 21.