Ignorant interviewer slammed for unprofessional attitude toward Ghana’s ‘first’ transgender female

Ignorant interviewer slammed for unprofessional attitude toward Ghana’s ‘first’ transgender female

A host has been criticised for her unprofessional behaviour during an interview with Ghana’s ‘first’ transgender woman, posted on social media last Saturday (Jan 13).

Published by web publication, Brutally Uncensored, the video clip appeared on Facebook page ‘Ghana Celebrities’ and sparked outrage among viewers after the interviewer claimed she was a “proper woman.”

The host, Celly, interviewed transgender guest Madina Broni at her home in Ghana about her gender confirmation journey, family and working life, speaking of her guest as the first transgender woman in Ghana to speak out about her transition in public.

As the discussion got going, Celly said she was a born a woman and hadn’t “done anything” to herself.

“What are you?” she asked, to which Ms. Broni responded: “I’m now a transgender, first I was Prince – I was a guy and now I’ve changed to be a lady.”

After the video emerged on Facebook, many viewers expressed their dismay over the way the host carried out the discussion.

“The interviewer is so unprofessional,” said one commenter.

Another agreed: “Yeah she’s been too judgmental and self-righteous. Yes, we know you are a woman, stop rubbing it in her face. After all it’s her decision.”

Brutally Uncensored meanwhile notes on its website that it aims to have “the difficult conversations on the topics that matter.” It covers politics, science, relationships and culture and states that it’s based in London, UK.

During the video interview, Ms Broni said she had transitioned from male to female and underwent her surgery in Spain. She added her family and friends are supportive of her and that she runs her own business as a stylist.

Madina Broni lives in Accra

The host posted a follow-up video later on Brutally Uncensored’s Facebook page and said she was shocked to hear that Ms Broni’s friends and family had supported her throughout her transition.

“It’s as if they didn’t see anything wrong with her, not that I’m saying there’s anything wrong with that,” the host said. She adds that as a Ghanaian, she knows how people react to LGBT people in the country.

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8 Comments

  1. Delle
    January 17, 09:40 Reply

    Dumb asses. How can you even be called a journalist when you do not know the meaning of professionalism? Why can’t Africans keep sentiments aside for once and just face something head-on with rationale and no prejudice?
    Sigh.

    This one should be fired, her license taken from her and thrown into rehab where she would be given symposiums on Transphobia 16 hours everyday for three months!

    • pete
      January 17, 16:06 Reply

      “Why can’t Africans keep sentiments aside for once and just face something head-on with rationale and no prejudice?”

      Looooooooool ?????

    • Yazz Soltana
      January 18, 22:04 Reply

      Lmao ?? 16 hours a day ..
      Please now the quality of mercy straineth not…

  2. Cleo
    January 17, 14:50 Reply

    she should’ve pulled an Omawumi on the host.

    • trystham
      January 17, 22:01 Reply

      That would have been hard seeing it was the interviewee’s house. A “GET UP AND GET OUT!!!” would av been great

      • Pink Panther
        January 18, 06:15 Reply

        Aswearigod! If it were me, the first slight from the interviewer earns her a swift kick out of my house

  3. Dunder
    January 17, 15:58 Reply

    But o ga sha. People would just be doing the most over what concerns you in the least. Reminds me of the interview with Adesuwa and Bobrisky. If you are still wet behind the ears and cannot separate your prejudices or opinions from the story or the person on the couch, why not leave the assignment to people better equipped? All her non verbal cues were that of condescension and mockery, not interest or basic human respect. That is how some years ago, another journalist in Kenya asked “why are you gay?”.

    I feel for the lady being interviewed and those that endure such disrespectful barraging. They use you for the views and deny you basic respect in return. They ignore how human your story is, pandering to the most vile of sentiments and those that hold them. For these ignoramuses, you are that oddly shaped object for prodding, poking and pointing at. They lack the intellect to see, at least, a story they’d rather go for the low hanging fruit of “this is different and so, it is odd, taboo or ugly”.

    If there is one thing that those of us not yet being interviewed for our orientation can learn from these interviewers, it is this- if you are going to sit on that couch and endure a run of the mill sheep pointing a mic at you, do it on your terms and for the record then take a shower after.

  4. Yazz Soltana
    January 18, 22:09 Reply

    Reminds me of the lady that was interviewing Miss SaHHara’s father ,,
    You would think SaHHara had snatched three of her husbands and one of her mother’s..
    The gross condensation…

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