Entertainment of Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Source: Kofi Yirenkyi, Razz
Songstress Jane Awindor, known affectionately as Efya, was embroiled in a showdown with some security personnel over their refusal to allow her go smoke with a couple of her friends at the well-attended ‘Sarkodie Live In Concert’ held last month at the Accra International Conference Center, Dome.
The artiste was billed to perform her song ‘Devil in Me’ with Sarkodie on the night, and after her act, she together with five of her friends wanted a convenient place at the Dome to enjoy some bouts of smoking.
The artiste who has been in the news over her smoking habits, was engaged in some exchange of words when she requested the security detail manning the premises to allow her to ostensibly go have some fresh air at the back of the Dome, which is a restricted area.
According to one of the top security personnel, their attention was drawn to a remote section of the Dome when an unscrupulous fellow cut a portion of the tent to enable him enter the premises without a ticket.
Whiles they were handling the situation, Efya approached the area in the company of her friends, wanting to have access through the back of the tent to go do their own thing.
The security personnel explained to the chart-topping artiste that the area was not safe and was a restricted area, advising her to go behind the backstage to do whatever she wanted to do with her friends.
The visibly agitated songstress told the personnel that she only wanted to have access to the restricted area to enjoy fresh air with her friends.
“She and her friends wanted to use the remote part of the Dome to go have fresh air and I explained to her that it was not allowed and if indeed, she needed a feel of fresh air, it was only convenient she used the area around the backstage to enjoy that privilege,” one senior security personnel explained.
The stance by the security team didn’t go down well with Efya as she was heard ranting, “It’s only for fresh air, you know, I just need fresh air.”
“I didn’t even know who she was until I refused her and somebody prompted me that she is Efya. I would have still refused her access if I knew who she is, I was just executing my assigned duties,” the senior security agent stressed.
According to the other security personnel present at the venue, Efya actually went to some secluded area around the Dome to smoke what they said were packs of cigarettes with her legion of girlfriends.
In recent times, the artiste has made headlines for her rumored intake of drugs such as cocaine, an assertion the artiste has vehemently denied although she confidently revealed that she does smoke nothing but cigarettes.