Right after the government through the ministry for youth and sports unveiled 15 member celebrity ambassadors for the World Cup, Kumawood actors led by Bill Asamoah expressed their malaise towards the list.
There were reports after Bill Asamoah’s outburst that government later sponsored a group of seven Kumawood actors with tickets to travel to Brazil and support the senior national team. The seven according to Wayoosi were supposed to travel to Brazil on Saturday at 10pm but as at 12pm on Monday, June 16, the group excluding actress Kyeiwaa were in Accra.
What stopped them from travelling to Brazil on Saturday to watch the first Black Stars match which comes off tonight? According to Kumawood actor Wayoosi, the non-governmental organization known as Sports Education and Management which is sponsoring them to Brazil has not paid them for their services.
Wayoosi stated that he made the non-governmental organization aware that he will take part payment of his fee before he leaves Ghana for the World Cup but they have not fulfilled the request.
Wayoosi added that he will stay behind and watch the matches on TV should the organisers delay their traveling for seven days.
When Edward Colman, CEO of Sports Education and Management was contacted, he said all is set for the Kumawood actors to leave the country but confirmed that the amount to be paid to them is not ready which has delayed them from travelling.
He added that the list of Kumawood actors travelling for Brazil are ten contrary to earlier reports that they were seven. According to Edward Colman, the cost to travel each person to Brazil is $7,700 with a pocket money of $2,300 summing up to $10,000. He explained that the $7,700 for each individual covers the feeding, accommodation, and upkeep of the person in Brazil.
He said the organization needs $18,700 to travel the ten Kumawood personalities to Brazil. He further pleaded with individuals and organizations to come to their aid to generate the money
The list of stranded Kumawood actors in Accra are Akua Ataa Kyeiwaa, Wayoosi , Yaw Daabo, Niini, Fumyaa, Kwame Frederick, Jones Agyemang and others.