Celestine Donkor Apologizes for Comments About ‘Heavy’ Ewe Surnames

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Ghanaian gospel sensation Celestine Donkor has issued an unequivocal apology to the Ewe community following her remarks regarding “heavy” Ewe surnames.

The award-winning musician, who herself is Ewe, faced backlash after making light-hearted comments during an interview on TV3’s “Today Woman.”

In the interview, Donkor jokingly expressed gratitude for marrying a man with a lighter surname, replacing her maiden name, Akakpo Dosu. The conversation, initiated by host Cookie Tee, playfully touched upon the idea of avoiding partners with what were perceived as cumbersome Ewe surnames.

However, what began as banter quickly escalated into controversy as Donkor faced criticism for seemingly disparaging her own tribe. In response, she took to social media to extend a heartfelt apology, acknowledging the offense her words had caused.

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Donkor clarified that her comments were intended as jest and not as a mockery of Ewes or their rich cultural heritage. She expressed regret for her remarks and accepted that they had been a misjudged attempt at humor. Despite the unintended consequences, she reaffirmed her pride in her Ewe identity, citing her consistent celebration of Ewe culture throughout her music career and in naming her daughters.

Grateful for the feedback received, Donkor embraced the criticism as an expression of love aimed at guiding her towards greater sensitivity and understanding. In a video posted on Facebook, she humbly sought forgiveness from the Ewe community and reiterated her commitment to being a proud Ewe woman, Ghanaian, and servant of God.

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The apology, delivered with sincerity and humility, encapsulates Donkor’s willingness to acknowledge her mistake and strive for reconciliation. With her message of contrition and determination to uphold her cultural heritage, she extends an olive branch to heal any wounds caused by her words.


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