ollowing multi-award-winning South African musician, AKA’s, public disclosure of his positive COVID-19 results this past Friday, and his candidness about being transparent as possible about his recovery journey, AKA’s COVID-19 Diaries will start airing today on MTV Base and BET!
With MGOSI.co.za’s curiosity, we asked if AKA’s COVID-19 Diaries we commissioned (money involved) by the channels or not?
Raphael Benza of Vth Season said that AKA’s COVID-19 Diaries were not commissioned.
“AKA wants to share his recovery journey to create more awareness around COVID-19. This is a personal initiative of his. His diary sessions have not been commissioned. VIACOM have partnered with him to make sharing his story possible,” said Raphael Benza.
In disclosing his COVID-19 results, AKA, real name Kiernan Forbes said that he was looking forward to de-stigmatizing the whole COVID-19 thing.
Sharing the news on his social media pages, AKA pleads with everyone to adhere to social distancing guidelines, to wear masks, and to hold stringent hygiene measures by frequently sanitizing and washing our hands. COVID-19.
Since the announcement of coronavirus pandemic in South Africa, AKA said that he has taken precautions that were stipulated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the South African Government.
“COVID-19 has become a very real part of many lives in South Africa and AKA will, therefore, be sharing his recovery journey with everyone whilst in self-isolation as he aims to be as transparent as possible about his journey with COVID-19,” reads the statement shared by AKA.
“As soon as you feel that cough coming on, that headache… weakness in your muscles. Chills at night. Trust me. GO TEST ASAP. There are places where they do the swab at the back of your throat, not that insane up your nose one. Do it so you can know what you dealing with.” AKA.
“I’m looking forward to de-stigmatizing this whole thing. It seems like people only sit up and pay attention when it happens to public figures or those close to them. Unfortunately at some point, we are ALL going to catch it,” wrote AKA.
When he was accused of running a “promo” for the South African Government, AKA had this to say: “Go to the mall, lick the elevator buttons, wait 5 days and come tell me about paid promo.”
You can catch AKA’s COVID-19 diaries at 17:00 on Newsish on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) and during the 21:30 break on BET (DStv channel 135).