“The first episode was aired on 5th September 2013, at 4 pm. The next day…Viasat called me and said well they had to take it off air".
Nana Akosua Konadu, host of hard-hitting current affairs programme, The Hard Truth, has hinted that Viasat One TV had wanted to take the show off air after its first episode.
She explained that the station almost bowed to pressure because some personalities in society were not happy with the style of the show and had called Viasat One to take it off air, but she didn’t back down.
“The first episode was aired on 5th September 2013, at 4 pm. The next day…Viasat called me and said well they had to take it off air. I was like why? So I went to read the comments and my heart got broken.
Then they said, ‘let’s just show two or three more episodes and see the response.’ So after three, four, five, six and seven episodes, they now said okay. So far so good; people now call in themselves to be on the show,” she told NEWS-ONE.
The Hard Truth is a programme on which captains of industries, senior government officials who have to answer to the Ghanaian people, executives of leading organisations including the nation’s utilities such as VRA, GRIDCo, etc are interviewed.
The show basically keeps captains of industries accountable to the people. The programme has been on Viasat One for three years now and has hosted different personalities like the NDC’s Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, aka General Mosquito, and an official of Ghana Airport, among others.
According to Akosua, the show was inspired by her late mum and an incident that occurred at the bank.
“My mum sent me to the bank to cash some money for her at 8:30 am and I waited at the bank till 11: 35am when someone came out rudely to say their machines were faulty.
And I saw old people who were coming for their monies too. So when I got home I felt sad and said to myself that someone needs to speak for the vulnerable in society. That’s how it started; talking to people and being the voice of the voiceless.
It’s been my burning desire to go down to talk to people to bring out something positive. My late mum actually inspired me to start the programme. If I hadn’t gone to the bank, I probably wouldn’t have come up with this brilliant idea,” she revealed.
Nana Akosua Konadu, daughter of Church of Pentecost pastor Rev Samuel, Asare Konadu, schooled at the Yaa Asantewaa Girls Senior High School. From there she went to Pentecost University where she read Human Resource Management.
After completion, she did her service with NADMO as HR Officer. Afterwards, she decided to work for herself.