Being a celebrity has its benefits, but it also has its drawbacks, and Ghanaian Dancehall artist, Shatta Wale, has opened up about some of the hardships he has had as a result of being in the spotlight and how he copes with it.

The 'Kakai' hitmaker, known for his unvarnished and honest character, stated his wish to be honest and sincere with people despite his prominent status in an exclusive interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). 

According to him, his objective while offstage is to feel normal, underlining that travelling to locations like London allows him to experience such freedom because he cannot move freely here in Ghana.


"I think I'm brutally honest; I want to be honest with people; I want to be real with people," Shatta remarked, comparing his experiences as a public person in Ghana and the United Kingdom. When I'm not on stage, I want to feel like a normal human, and going to London gives me that sense because I can't go anywhere in Ghana." 

The popular music musician went into additional depth about how his need to be regular drives him to reply aggressively to criticism on social media, as it gives him a sensation of being on the "streets."

"Sometimes I feel like I want to eat fufu in a chop bar or somewhere public, but I can't get it, which is a huge problem for me."

"So that's why when people get at me on social media, I just go live and just speak to them like I'm on the street," he went on to say.

Shatta Wale compared being a celebrity to being stuck in one's house, revealing that he needs to roam about and attend meetings at night owing to the disturbance he may cause if he does not.

"Being a star is difficult; it's as if you bought a yard, built a whole prison yard and locked yourself up every time."

"People must understand that it is not easy for me." Because I can't drive in the mornings or afternoons in Ghana, I have to have all of my meetings at night," he stressed.