US-based Ghanaian comedian and internet sensation, Kelvin Asiedu, popularly known as Mr Cocoyam, has announced his retirement after his May 8th arrest.
Mr Cocoyam, 25, who lives in Bronx, was been charged with making a ‘terroristic threat’ in connection with a backpack he left inside the Culinary Institute of America during a Marist College musical performance.
Publicly addressing the issue for the time on social media, Mr Cocoyam revealed that the case was closed last week after surveillance showed that it wasn’t a prank but just a wrong turn of events and overreaction.
He also addressed how the incident after this reputation, mental health and career which led him to take the decision to retire.
According to him, 2019 is the last year people will see funny skits and content from his @mrcocoyam pages and channels.
See his post below.
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Hey everyone something happened this year that changed my life. Truth is I was on my way to lunch and got invited to a symphony by the director of the orchestra at my former University who was retiring and wanted me to see his last performance. (I loved symphonies). Because I was late, in my sweats, book bag and lusciously oiled beared (apparently it made me look like I didn’t belong) and that made me “suspicious”. I sat down to enjoy the show, and after the first performance tried to get a better seat (not dragging my book bag with me). The moment I moved, a man started yelling at everyone to run because there might be something in the bag. There was chaos! Truth is my friends and I have been profiled many times there (i once had police come to my house in the afternoon to ask me to show proof I live in that neighborhood). So I knew this wasn’t going to be good. I stood there calmly till police came and took me to the station and held me for hours using several tactics trying to get me to admit to huge charges. I was released that night, thankfully after a small bail, and knew I’d have to fight it in court (case closed lastweek after surveillance proved it wasn’t a “prank”, just wrong turn of events and overreaction). the last few months have been brutal for me, because after the story was released in the town newspaper, Africans also picked it up and circulated the worst gossip and what should’ve been dismissed a while ago became a huge case. been stuck at home, the mockery from my own countrymen/ friends” and losing everything from my name to my businesses. Mentally, I wouldn’t wish what I went through on my worst enemy, but I’m glad I survived and used this as an opportunity to discover who I am and my God. Thank you to those who supported me, and those who didn’t thank you too. I’ve learnt lessons either way and I’ve forgiven the universe and It’s why I want to retire and move on, focus on my new journey and build again. So as much as I hate to say it, come the new year, this mrcocoyam page and character wouldn’t be there anymore. Thank you.