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Social Media Not For The Faint-Hearted – Efia Odo

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ALTHOUGH Television Presenter and Movie Actress, Efia Odo hardly grants interviews, she makes headlines with her posts and comments on social media.

And while one would think the headlines, most of which are negative, would send her cowering, the beautiful actress is unfazed saying social media is for the strong and not the faint-hearted.

According to her, social media was not worth losing one’s sanity over, especially because of the opinions of millions of people who did not know you.

“I am a positive person and I don’t allow anything negative to come around me so the backlash I get on social media I don’t see it. I have turned a blind eye to it. It didn’t just happen it has taken some time, I had to get used to it and know myself. When you know yourself as an individual there is nothing an outsider could say that could even touch you.

“Anything negative is not me and what your thought of me are has nothing to do with me, it is who you are and how you think.I have come to understand who I am, my values and my qualities. It’s the job of the people who write our stories to highlight the positive things we do. We need to change the stories being written about the people in the industry” she revealed to Nana Adwoa Sarkodie of Citi News in an interview.

As someone who has been a victim of cyber bullying, Efia Odo said her remedy was blocking and deleting. “I don’t care about negativity. Not everyone will like you. I certainly do not entertain bullies and trolls so I’ll usually delete a comment if it doesn’t add any value to my life.

“If a troll or bully decides to continue bothering me, I simply block the person. It’s really not that deep. When you’re too busy focusing on better and important things, petty things barely get your attention,” she stated.

Advising people on how they should use social media, she said, “please stay off social media if you have a weak heart and mind.

“Spend time reading books, associate yourself with like-minded people, go out and associate with real people. Remember that social media is a fake world, people only show you what they want you to see. It’s all controlled online content.”

Born in Ghana, she left for the United States at the age of five until she returned to the country a couple of years ago to pursue her passion for acting.

Efia, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the Nyack University in the US, says her ultimate goal is to take her career beyond the shores of Africa.

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