by: michael eli dokosi /www.blakkpepper.com/ghana                                   

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How would you tackle the grave issues of illegitimate children, rape, false sexual victories, grave test for a preacher man and demand by DNA test by the US embassy in Accra that children travelling with adults as their wards are truly so?

Well for prolific playwright, Uncle James Ebo Whyte, the answer lied in his new play ‘Damaged Goods’, premiered at the National Theater on Wednesday, June 21 and witnessed by www.blakkpepper.com.

At a well-attended premier, filling up the ground and upper level of the theatre, patrons were introduced to the Arkurst household where Pastor Joseph Kofi Arkurst was hubby, Osofomaame Fidelity serving as wife while James, John and Ama played children.

At first glance, all seems well but as layer by layer gets peeled off, patrons get to behold the meaning of the adage in Akan: ‘ntuma kata adeeso’ (unpleasant stuffs get covered by fine cloth).

Ebo Whyte deserves praise for this production although his attention to detail is well documented. The synching of the live singing aided by a recorded one is delightful to the ear. The use of sound effects to drive home a scene is cunning, example being the egg fry sound.

There is enough humour at the right junctions. Not over-done to dilute the experience.

Zoe, a female broadcaster determined to revive the viewing fortunes of her TV station convinces her good friend Osofomaame Fidelity to conduct a tell-all interview to inspire others given their marriage is praised to be one to emulate. Mind you Zoë herself is in a battle for divorce barley three months after marrying producer at her media house, Alex Onisika Abrantie who happens to be a drunk.

Before the scheduled interview however the Arkurst family had planned for trip to the United States to unwind but their visas were being delayed so Pastor Joseph falls on his friend and deacon in his church, who works at the American embassy to intervene and speed up the process.

The deacon explains, new American president, Donald Trump has issued a directive that parents travelling with their children must submit themselves to a DNA test to confirm if their supposed companions are whom they are claimed to be.

That test revealed that Pastor Arkurst was not the biological father of all three of the children Mama Fidelity supposedly bore for him.

The revelation stuns Pastor Joe who has had a most rollicking sex life with his wife, Fidelity such that Ama, their supposed daughter had complimented her father for letting her mum moan with joy through the nights with the sounds escaping as far as to her room.

An interrogation section begins with Pastor Joe demanding to know when his wife became a website giving everyone access to browse.

A defiant Mama Fidelity, incensed, demands for divorce urging her three wards to pack their items so they leave but Ama so fond of her supposed father would not budge praying him to still continue being her father despite the revelation.

Eventually, Fidelity decides to do the interview with Pastor Arkurst to bare all out. Zoe although eager for the interview is not prepared for the monstrous revelation about to be spilled.

On the show, Fidelity discloses how the first born, Ama was conceived when she had broken up with Joe who was a lawyer before becoming a preacher man hooked up with a lover only for Joe to wage a sustained campaign to woo her again but two months on with Joe had realised she was three months pregnant meaning her lover had sown the seed but not Joe. Although she beseeched Joe for a discussion on a critical matter, Joe was too busy for that talk to happen so kept her secret.

The second, James came about according to Fidelity when the law firm owner Joe worked for schemed and had his way with her when he sent Joe on an errand and invited her to a party which turned out to be a hoax, spiked her drink and mounted her. As compensation, Joe upon his return from the Tamale trip made partner. Fidelity could not reveal this to Joe.

The third being John came about when a friend of Fidelity’s had his way in a moment of weakness according to Osofomaame.

Pastor Joseph Kofi Arkurst was in torment when these revelations got spilled on the show but rallied all his faculties choosing to forgive Fidelity and vowing to remain father to the three children, catering and nurturing them.

He contends however that “forgiveness takes time”, but he is eager to work things out.

The ‘Damaged Goods’ term is best explained by the deacon in Joes’ church who is friends with Onisika. He submits ladies who have been mounted by multiple men often by a cabal of friends are branded damaged goods and discarded.

Ebo Whyte meanwhile noted when he mounted the stage to introduce the play actors that “good people can find themselves in unfortunate circumstances” mentioning that we are all damaged goods in certain respect, calling on friends, relatives and associates of people going through torrid times to offer support rather than shying away from them and castigating them.

‘Damaged Goods’ partnered by Vodafone Business Solutions after the premier returns to the National Theatre on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday June 5 as well as get performed at the same theatre on July 1 and July 2.

Interestingly enough while a lawyer, Osofo Joe himself had a tango with his secretary resulting in a child who returned a Rasta man seeking his father from the U.S.

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Michael Eli Dokosi is a journalist and a formidable writer with a decade's experience. He is a blogger as well who currently owns and manages the news portal www.blakkpepper.com. The site is a wholesome news platform with entertainment, political, general, sports, negroid and foreign news offerings with the tagline 'More than Straight News' because of its alternate take on issues. The blakkpepper name emerged because the site is Afrocentric and hot. The Managing Editor can be reached via cell line (+233) 0249907425 & (+233) 0262907425 and via email blakkpeppergh@gmail.com for adverts, enquiries and news coverage invites.