Social media not for the faint-hearted — Juliet Ibrahim

By: Delali Sika
Juliet Ibrahim says social media is not for those who are faint of heart
Juliet Ibrahim

ALTHOUGH actress Juliet Ibrahim hardly grants interviews, she makes headlines with her posts and comments on social media.

And while one would think the headlines, most of which are negative, would send her cowering, the beautiful actress is unfazed saying social media is for the strong and not the faint-hearted.

According to her, social media was not worth losing one’s sanity over, especially because of the opinions of millions of people who did not know you.

“It’s not worth losing my sanity over the opinion of millions of strangers. I have learnt not to pay attention to negativity and rather make good use of the block button.

“Social media drives people with weak minds into depression, mental breakdown, blind competition and all sorts of negativity,” she told Showbiz.

As someone who has been a victim of cyber bullying, Juliet Ibrahim said her remedy was blocking and deleting. “I don’t care about negativity. Not everyone will like you. I certainly do not entertain bullies and trolls so I’ll usually delete a comment if it doesn’t add any value to my life.

“If a troll or bully decides to continue bothering me, I simply block the person. It’s really not that deep. When you’re too busy focusing on better and important things, petty things barely get your attention,” she stated.

“I have been through a lot in my life. I am a survivor and a fighter. I know what it’s like to come from nowhere and be somebody in the society. I am focused on the prize and the ultimate goal in my life.

“Certainly, false news or negativity cannot get to the point of breaking me down. Yes, there’s been a moment when I started my career where I was a bit more fragile but with experience and growing up, I really don’t care,” she added.

Advising people on how they should use social media, Juliet Ibrahim said, “please stay off social media if you have a weak heart and mind.

"Spend time reading books, associate yourself with like-minded people, go out and associate with real people. Remember that social media is a fake world, people only show you what they want you to see. It’s all controlled online content.”

On how she feels being in one controversy after the other, Juliet Ibrahim answered, “being a public figure comes with its ups and downs. Not everyone will like you and vice versa.

“Also, you cannot control the content the press want to publish about you at all times, especially in this era of social media where every caption is misinterpreted and misconstrued.

“I don’t feel anything with regards to negative comments, especially when people would intentionally create a story/controversy just to sell their newspapers or get hits for their blogs. At the end of the day, we are all doing our jobs,” she added.

Commenting on Ghana’s movie industry, she said, “To be honest, I’m not sure what happened and where we went wrong but I miss the bubbly industry we once had.

“It’ll be a moment of joy for us if a miracle happens and proper structures are put in place to get us back to where we used to be or better than we used to be.”

Juliet Ibrahim describes herself as a determined, fun-loving, hardworking, family-oriented, friendly and down-to-earth lady.

Some of the movies she has featured in include London Fever, Pretty Demon, Small Girls Big Gods, Return of the Beast and others that are yet to be released.