Well, today I wanted to help clear an unwanted news that’s continue to go around about one of Liberia’s Legendary traditional singer and dancer, Friday, formerly known as Friday the Cellphone Man.
Today, the singer decided to officially canceled the death rumors after a Facebook user name Allen Titus Bundor took ( deleted photo) to his Facebook page to write, “Rip Friday the Cellphone Man.”
After doing my own little research, I found out that the post was written around last year ( 8-9 months ago) when the singer was admitted at the hospital for liver disease. At that time, this user was not the only person online who thought otherwise about the singer’s Heath. So, to my understanding, his report was based on what he saw other people shared and not from a realizable source. I’m sure last year his management released some kind of public statement about people sharing fake news, however, it looks like some people are still sharing the news, which doesn’t look good.
On January 10th, the singer’s manager , Saytue shared a post from “The Plug” blog, where they debunked the news.
Today, the artist himself has taken to his page to cancel the news about his death. He posted two images (he looked frustrated) with the caption, “Whoever say my time is finish , YOU Lie! Legends don’t die.”
I’m not sure what took him so long to do so, but I hope he can carefully release a proper statement in the form of a written, radio or a live video interview speaking to his fans about the kind of news they should share and NOT be sharing.
These kind of behavior are unacceptable and uncanny! We should be happy that people are alive and well than being excited to share deaths news. This seem more like a misunderstanding, however, lets be careful.
To blogs that share unconfirmed news, let’s be careful as well. Friday manager has asked people who are sharing news that her artiste is unwell or dead to immediately stop!
Note: The artiste is reportedly getting ready to shoot his newly released song titled , “Ohyenina” official music video. The song is available everywhere and some people back home have added it on their favorite traditional music playlist.
Written by First Lady / Augustina Kou Monpleh