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“It Was Just an Ordinary Costume Party with People Dancing & Having Fun”! Ghollywood Star, Juliet Ibrahim Speaks Out on Criticism of Her Halloween Party in Ghana | Photos of Efya, Deborah Vanessa & Other Stars at the Event



Juliet Ibrahim

On Wednesday 31st October 2012, Europeans and Americans all over the world celebrated yet another Halloween. Although the celebration has not been completely accepted in Africa, some individuals including Ghollywood star, Juliet Ibrahim are not afraid embrace the western culture.

At the Chrime to Christ star’s  Halloween Party tagged “Halloween Weekend with the Stars”  which took place in Ghana to help raise  funds for her foundation (Juliet Ibrahim Foundation for Kidney Cancer), BN spotted other Ghanaian top personalities including Efya, Prince David Osei and Deborah Vanessa, also donning their “scary” costumes.

According to sources, Juliet’s Halloween Party didn’t go well with some fans and she was criticised for imbibing the western holiday. Not long after, Juliet replied critics via social networking site, Facebook calling their allegations, “ignorant”.

Read Juliet Ibrahim’s reply on criticism of her Halloween Party;

It’s unfortunate how most of you are ignorant about a costume party. This is the same reason why we don’t progress in our society. Did you see us performing any rituals or setting up shrines? Was this not just an ordinary costume party with people dancing and having fun and in the end we raised money to help 2 unfortunate kidney disease patients? Only an evil person would think evil about someone having a party! I brought up this  idea with only one positive and Godly thing in mind and that is; to raise funds for poor people who call my phone line everyday asking for help and money. To all of you who are complaining blindly, U are the evil ones and God will judge all of us at the end of the day. Black and evil hearts besieges black and evil thoughts. A witch they say, spots another witch! If u see me as an evil person, YOU are way more evil than me! Find something better to do with your time and help save someone’s life if u think u are a Saint!

The comment has since been removed from the star’s Facebook page.

Snapshots from the Halloween Party

Photo Credit: Ameyaw Debrah


  1. naijagirl

    November 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    it definitely an halloween party, it not a custom party because somepeople are putting on some evil and scary things. before anyone in africa go jump into american hallowwen thing they should first find out how this halloween thing came about. it is so evil, you can call me a hater, but this is not a custom party. DONT LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • SandraPascal

      November 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Costume Party not custom party

    • naijagirl

      November 10, 2012 at 7:56 am

      costume party sorry guys thanks sandra i was rushing

  2. Naveah

    November 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Juliet shouldn’t have bothered answering the ignorant baggers! There are people who go to the babalowo on Saturday and then church on Sunday right there in that Ghana. The party was for a great cause but everyone chose to ignore that fact and chose instead to focus on the inconsequential.

    On another note, I guess some folks didn’t get the memo that this was a COSTUME party because they sure enough showed up as themselves which is not exciting.

  3. penelopeia

    November 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Juliet, in your own words on GHOne TV you said it was a halloween party. Now that people are criticising it you call it a costume party…really? Ghanaians and Africa as a whole are not used to this event, nor do they want to be introduced to it. You sure deserve some bashing, get creative there are many concepts you can choose and use from Africa other than this thing you call a charity event….mtschewww

    • Naveah

      November 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm


      First a disclaimer – I live in the US where Halloween is celebrated bigger than in Mexico where it is a huge deal and I don’t do the whole decorating/dress up thing. I do give candy to the little babies that come by for trick or treat. On to the topic at hand, it was probably called a Halloween Party because it happened on Halloween Day- Oct 31. It can still be called a costume party because guests were asked to wear a costume. And how do you justify speaking for an entire race of people? Did you receive a memo from ALL Ghanaians/Africans that they don’t want to be introduced to Halloween? Your theory is obviously flawed because I see some pretty happy campers in the pictures shown. May I ask you, have you sang and clapped hands for a masquerade at christmas time? What is the difference?

      Halloween Party or Costume Party – c’est la meme chose

    • Peace A

      November 10, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      The difference is exchange – not only embrace. Be as open to a new culture that is open to yours. We have taken the language, mannerism, clothes, academic schedule and even the way we relate with eachother from our colonial (let me not even go there). Do you see Europeans celebrating the New Yawm Festival. She could have said let us dress like our past heros in Africa or even present ones on the New Yam Festival Day or (whatever Ghanians celebrate).
      There is nothing wrong with Halloween but sometines we embrace strangers so much that when we look into the mirror we cant see ourselves.
      I would have loved to write this in Ibo my native tongue but I’m ashamed that maybe no one here would understand or care to read.

  4. steph

    November 9, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    so this is your definition of Godly??? halloween is not a nigerian culture(dunno about ghana) and anybody in nigeria celebrating it is just trying to fit it where they dont belong…if she’s doing a fundraising party,then its Ok…but what i read was ‘halloween party’ and seeing these pictures,there’s nothing to argue about

    • Jessica Lin

      November 10, 2012 at 12:34 am

      If you really want to talk about Nigerian culture then you guys need stop doing church weddings because it’s not a Nigerian Culture. A lot of other things done in Nigeria were copied from other countries. You will hardly find any top Nigerian music with no western influence on it. The internet or mobile phone you are using — is that part of Nigerian culture or system too. Wasn’t that copied also. If you don’t celebrate Halloween party fine- Nobody is forcing you. Don’t come here talking about Nigerian culture – when almost everything done there is copied from other countries , with the exception of food.

    • ao

      November 11, 2012 at 7:47 am

      What I have gleaned from your comment is that Nigerians or Africans have copied everything – including marriage – from Europeans/westerners. Your argument presumes that Africans are less than Europeans and that African cultures are supposed to be static, not evolve, and that if they do incorporate any aspect of an outside culture into their own then it is “copying”. When Europeans colonized the area that is now called Nigeria, they did not bring the concept of marriage to those that were living there because it already existed. The same cannot be said for Halloween and that is why some commentors find the whole concept of celebrating Halloween in Africa laughable or weird. There is no cultural equivalent for Halloween in Ghana or Nigeria and masquerades don’t count. There is a cultural equivalent for the church wedding in Nigera and it is generally called the traditional wedding and the underlying purpose of both seems to be the same: to bring a man and woman together in matrimony. The various ethnic groups in Nigeria had their ways of solemnizing marriage before the coming of the Europeans. I am Igbo and we have a multi-step process for the marriage ritual. The Europeans introduced or should I say imposed their way, the church wedding, on those they colonized and the various ethnic groups that converted to christianity en mass incorporated the church wedding into their wedding traditions. That is why today many couples in Nigeria celebrate the traditional wedding and the church wedding.

    • Jessica Lin

      November 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      @ ao — I said a lot of things and not everything. Just to let you know I am not presuming the African culture is less than the European or Western culture – Neither do I think that African culture needs to remain static. I am all about evolving as human beings and the growth for Africa. Just to verify the word copy – It means to do something similar or incorporate something similar. I have absolutely no problem at all with Nigeria or any other country in Africa incorporating other things from other countries . What I was trying to say is that their some things that are not necessarily Nigerian culture in Nigeria and no one talks about them – but when it’s Halloween Nigerians are pulling their hair over nothing . If I decide to celebrate Halloween — It’s my business and I am not harming anybody. If you celebrate church weddings, listen to music from the likes of (: D’banj, MI, Naeto C, Wizkid, Banky W, Davido,) or you own a mobile phone, use the internet – then please don’t complain about me or other people celebrating Halloween because these other things didn’t originate from Nigeria either.

  5. Toni Osai

    November 10, 2012 at 11:11 am

    It’s funny how people are quick to defend ‘African’ culture when other people (especially celebs) try something new, something ‘Western’. Like Jessica Lin said, almost everything young Africans use and do, from our fashion, to music, movies and even food (yes, we have more chinese, mexican and italian restaurants cropping up nowadays in Nigeria than our ‘African’ “Mama-Put”) has a lot of ‘Western’ influence. The biggest irony is that, western culture is also borrowed; ‘Americans’ were initially migrants from England, the native Americans are Red Indians who are rarely seen on TV and in Popular culture. Then a lot of immigrants from Ireland, Israel, Latin America, Africa, Korea, Japan, China etc. joined the mix to create the USA we know today. The English are actually a mix of Germanic tribes from Scandinavia, some Romans, some French and Italian; the ‘real’ natives of England were the Celts who are now in Scotland. I could go on and on and trace the worlds’ empires back to Egypt and Africa, ‘The Cradle of Civilisation’. The tattoos, braided hair for men, heavy jewellery and a lot of other trends in popular culture today all trace back to Africa; the Igbos in Nigeria had ancient warriors who braided their hair and wore earrings, tattoos and markings on their chests and backs. When Europeans colonised Africa they labelled most of these stuff as evil and heathen. Then they took most of these ideas and practices back to Europe, embellished them and turned them into entertainment. THEN, we began to copy the same things THEY copied from our fore fathers and now some uninformed Africans are yelling, ‘we’re losing our culture by copying Europeans’. If you did a little reading, research or whatever you’d understand that everybody copies everybody, for good or for bad. That’s how cultures are formed, by mixing different elements from different people in different parts of the world.

    Juliet Ibrahim copied Halloween, which is not even native to America, if you don’t like it please keep quiet. I love when Jessica mentioned church weddings. Even in the bible, I don’t recall any records of church weddings. Jesus performed his first miracle at a wedding that didn’t seem to have any religious setting. Western culture began church weddings to prevent ‘pagan’ worshippers from getting married in ritual, native traditions which they felt was anti-church/anti-God, and we COPIED it for the very same reasons. Today though people don’t even get married in churches so much anymore, I can’t remember the last church wedding I’ve been to.

    On a side note, Juliet shouldn’t have even explained herself or changed her story from ‘Halloween’ to ‘Costume’ party. She should have the guts to set trends and stand by them.

  6. oma

    November 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Overall, i think people should not forget the most important aspect – that money was raised for 2 kidney patients from the event…


    November 12, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Money was raised for a good course.Thanks Juliet and co.But if we use a local theme money will still be raised. BTW, who were the attendees of the fundraising? Were they not Africans?
    If Halloween was originally an African holiday, would the world celebrate it?
    Would African youths celebrate it or would they think it is uncivilized to do so.
    It is time we start looking at our inferiority complex.

  8. lilly

    November 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    money raised cool.. Still. I think halloween is stupid, and is as stupid as all other stupid cultures borrowed/stolen/taken from the west. #final.

    • Sunshine

      November 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you. Why are these people importing American holidays, that is so dumb!!!! And to make it worse they aren’t even representing their own folk stories…. wonder woman…LOL…please!!!!

  9. adenike

    November 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Whether Halloween is foreign or local – I honestly can’t be bothered. The main issue I have a problem with is her response. What exactly is wrong with our celebrities? No class whatsoever. Some grant interviews and they respond to questions like they’re gossiping with their friends, hating their imaginary haters back. Her response on her Facebook page is downright crude, pathetic and way too crass. Her PR team (I’ll be shocked if she has one) should be embarrassed. Rukky Sanda granted an interview with Bella Naija the other day and I almost puked.
    They all need to go for some media training on how to handle interviews professionally, how to speak in public, how to use social networking sites et al. We buy your movies, we buy your albums – a little bit of respect isn’t too much on your part. This rude attitude isn’t acceptable.

    • mfon

      November 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      thank adenike. a simple “I’m sorry some people were offended by the theme of the party but it was for a great cause and I personally find a halloween/costume party to be incredibly harmless and fun” would have been enough. All the extra stuff was truly unnecessary.

  10. maimuna

    November 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    @adenike listen to yourself….. dis celebrities are human! flesh nd blood like you and me! they have feelings to! they don’t owe the public shit!!! u see rude people everyday insulting them on twitter and Facebook,linda ikeji,ladun!! how much more can they take?? they gonna react one way or the other! abegi make i hear word Ojare’

  11. Mousepad

    November 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    @Maimuna: Are you sure you took your time to read what Adenike wrote? No I don’t think you did! Go back and read again. Nobody forced your celebrities out of their homes to come out and become celebs. So if they are going to give up themselves to be role models, they better do a good job of that, Simple!

    • masked

      November 13, 2012 at 9:28 am

      i second that mousepad…putting yourself in public light means you automatically welcome and listen to every criticism whether good or bad….imagine if GEJ came out and started cursing Nigeria because ‘we’ cursed him so much dt he entered Google, ow will that make us feel…being a celebrity isn’t inborn, you learn to be one and accept everything that comes with it. So its eida she fires her PR team or pay for them to get more training.

  12. Oluwabunmi Abode Viv

    November 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    i see how white do their halloween party not this way, you all dress too evil and of course this look more of an evil gathering to me and not the supposed halloween party. Mtchew

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