Ghanaian Highlife artiste Kuami Eugene has revealed the mental challenges he faced after being exposed to wealth at a young age and how public criticism affected him.
In a live interview with radio show host Kojo Manuel, he revealed that he felt mistreated by critics who, in his opinion, should have considered his youth and the challenges that came with his newfound wealth.
This revelation sheds light on the emotional toll that fame and success can have on young artists, especially when they face intense public scrutiny and criticism.
Kuami Eugene’s openness about his experiences underscores the importance of mental health awareness and support within the entertainment industry, where young talents often find themselves navigating both success and challenges.
He stated, “I made a lot of mistakes when I was young; blowing up as a young guy wasn’t easy. At the age of 19, they should have considered the fact that ‘Oh, he is a young boy.'”
Kuami Eugene described the rapid transition from having nothing to suddenly having substantial wealth, including being paid for shows and driving a Range Rover. In his opinion, the public did not empathize with his situation.
“To move from not having anything to taking this amount for a show, to driving a Range Rover. I’ve never had all these before, all within a very short period. That wasn’t fair on the side of the public. They didn’t reason that he is a young boy and he is getting all this money,” he said.
Kuami Eugene’s rapid rise to stardom began at the young age of 19 with the release of his debut song, “Angela,” in 2017. Following that, he continued to release a series of hit songs, including “Ohemaa,” “Wish Me Well,” and “Open Gate,” while being signed to Lynx Entertainment Records.
In October 2022, Kuami Eugene made headlines when he announced that he had signed with the American record label “Empire Records.” This announcement led to speculation that he had left Lynx Entertainment. However, Lynx Entertainment clarified that he had not departed the label and that the new signing with Empire was part of a “strategic partnership.” This move signaled a significant development in Kuami Eugene’s career as he explored new avenues for his music on an international level.