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Television of Thursday, 31 October 2013

Source: Kofi Duah

I am not a ‘bush’ girl, says ‘new’ Afia Schwarzenegger

She has only been on TV for just five weeks but Helen Korkor Asante who currently plays Afia Schwarzenegger in the TV series Afia Schwarzenegger is already paying the price for being in the limelight.

Korkor is the third person to play the character since the series debuted on TV a few years ago.

In as much as she is being commended for her new role, Korkor is equally receiving criticisms for being a ‘bush’ girl, not good looking enough for TV and that she can never fill the shoes of Valentina Agyeiwaa of Happy FM who played the first Afia Schwarzenegger and Nana Hemaa of Adom FM who took over from her.

But Korkor, who has never acted before taking up the Afia Schwarzenegger role, is unfazed by the bashings she is receiving. She told Showbiz last Tuesday that she is beautiful and polished and the best among the three of them.

“I am the best thing that ever happened to Afia Schwarzenegger. I play the character so well and I can confidently say that no one can do it better than I do.

“The others did their best but I stand tall. Yes, I am blowing my own horn because I believe I am the best. The evidence is clear. Many people have showered me with praise for playing the role so well. The comments I have received from the public and Excellencia Ghana Limited, producers of the show are enough evidence that I am the best so far.

According to her, the audition for the Afia Schwarzenegger role attracted over 200 people but she was selected. She said although she wasn’t sure she would be chosen, she knew she could easily play the role when given the chance.

Commenting on her looks, Korkor debunked views that she is not good looking. “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. I am good looking. You see, a lot of make-up is used on my face for the role I play that is why I look that way on TV but in real life, I am not bad looking at all.

Korkor was also quick to say that she is not a bush girl as people perceive her to be. “I only portray the character of a bush girl on TV but I am not one. I don’t talk or behave like I do on air in real life. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am the reserved type. When I am not on set, I am always minding my own business” she said.

Asked about her love life, Korkor said she was not ready to date now and that her new career is important to her at the moment.

“I am putting dating on hold for now because I want to focus on my career and improve myself. For now, I am a happy young girl who is living her dream and enjoying a little stardom. I just want Ghanaians to watch out for me” Korkor said.

Afia Schwarzenegger airs every Saturday at 8pm on Viasat 1.

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