The term "Celebrity" gets tossed around a lot in Ghana. Certain personalities in Ghana are ascribed the title but if we're being honest, most don't really deserve it.
By definition, a celebrity is a person who is well known and gets lots of public attention. Celebrities are usually people who are well known from movies, television, sports and music.
If we were to take a look at celebrities across the Ghanaian landscape, we would pick out a few who are actually talented or have a skillset. Basically, most celebrities in Ghana are just famous for being famous.
But if we were going to call one Ghanaian personality a celebrity and definitely has multiple skillsets, Deborah Vanessa would undoubtedly fit the bill.
Born to an Ashanti father and a Romanian mother, with education in both Ghana and the UK, Deborah Vanessa has come a long from being just the sister of Wanlov The Kubolor.
A Girl Of Many Faces (And Talents)
Deborah Vanessa or more popularly known "Sister Derby" to her fans, has gained a lot of popularity over the years due to her skills and versatility in Ghana's entertainment industry. Seemingly a "jill of all trades", she's multifaceted in more than one department. She's been a Model, TV Show Host, Fashion Designer and Musician.
She was the host of the The Late Nite Celebrity Show on the E.TV network a few years back and later hosted another TV show on GHOne called Gliterrati.
Deborah Vanessa is also a fashion designer. Like, an actual fashion designer who designs her own clothes and wears them to red carpet events and shows.
Deborah Vanessa was more known as the sister of Wanlov, one half of the rap group "Fokn Bois". But she has managed to carve out her own lane when she made the jump from television to music.
Songs From The African Mermaid
Sister Derby made a name for herself in Ghana's music scene in 2012 when she released the song "Uncle Obama". The song managed to get the attention of CNN and the BBC, which helped put Sister Derby on the music map, both locally and internationally. The song also earned her a spot to perform at the Glastonbury Festival in 2013.
Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places?
Deborah Vanessa made big news in 2016 when she publicly announced that she and the rapper Medikal were officially dating. But in 2018, it was reported that the couple had broken up.
Rumors swirled that Medikal had cheated on Deborah Vanessa with an actress named Fella Makafui (who Medikal was dating and is now recently reported have married to)
Lots of critics and commentators said Sister Derby's song Kakalila Love made references to the breakup.
But even though most assumed that there was still bad blood between Medikal and Sister Derby, she appeared on stage and performed one of his hit songs, "Too Risky" in 2019, much to the surprise of a lot of people.
Sister Derby's Stock Is Still On The Rise
But even with minor controversies, Deborah Vanessa's stock has never been better. She partnered with UNICEF in 2015 for a campaign on cholera.
Mostly recently, she got a brand ambassador deal with FanYogo to help promote their product.
Lastly, she's gearing up for the release of her first EP, The African Mermaid, on Friday, March 13th.
Deborah Vanessa is very candid, approachable and funny. There's not a lot of people who have openly anything bad to say about her. We have to give her credit as a public personality. Whether it's answering dumb stereotypical questions about when she's going to get married or having to discuss her past relationship with her ex, she keeps it 💯 and is always honest.
From modelling to singing to being a designer, Deborah Vanessa is someone with a lot to offer but the media landscape sometimes reduce her to a bad relationship with a rapper to what she posts on Twitter and Instagram.
Nevertheless she's still loved by her fans who she affectionally calls "Dolphins", who appreciate her unique style and personality.
If you don't know her personally, you still have to appreciate how she's come along, especially in the music scene.
Like the title of this article says, we don't deserve Deborah Vanessa to be frank. But as long as she's still here, we should give her the flowers she's owed. It's the least we can do.