SINCE investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas released Number 12, his expose on corruption in football, it is not only the football people who have been affected.
The ripple effect has been felt all the way in the entertainment industry and one person who has been on the receiving end is Kumawood actor, Salinko, who says he has not had an easy time of it since his picture was circulated on social media identifying him as Anas.
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According to Salinko, when his photo was first shared by controversial MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong on his television network, NET2, he treated it as a mere joke until he was turned down by three private companies including TT Brothers when he was looking for sponsorship for his show Boys Abre on UTV.
“Apart from being turned down by companies when the issue happened, I also received threatening messages from unknown numbers. What I am saying is not for hype, anything could have happened to me,” Salinko told Showbiz in an interview on Monday.
He explained that he was forced by his family members to do a video to explain that he was not Anas and then follow up to the police station if the situation got out of hand.
“I had to hide sometimes in fear. I could have been lynched by people who hate Anas and that would have been sad news because I am a family man,” he said.
He added that he had to travel to Germany to cool off and allow the issue die naturally. “I had to travel to Germany although I had no intention of doing that. I am glad a few friends shared the video I made denying that I was Anas and I am now a free man,” he said.
Salinko, real name Davis Abraham, also expressed his disappointment in Hon. Kennedy Agyapong for his reaction after he came out to say he was not Anas.
“I expected Kennedy Agyapong to apologise since he released my picture and not insult me on Adom FM that I am a fool and no one should take me serious. This was a serious issue that could have caused my death,” the comedic actor said.
Known for movies like The Mask, Yaa Pimpinis, Agyeiwaa Kodie, The Chaser and Akoma Bone, Salinko said he would be releasing a movie titled Number 13 that will clear his name further and also highlight the plight of people who are in jail for crimes they didn’t commit.
According to him, the movie, which features actors such as Wayoosi, Akosua Adjapong, Bishop Bernard Nyarko, Big Akwes and Jagger Pee is expected to come out next month.