Pink FM’s Rasta Jet hostess Mary Kukua Blankson, otherwise known as ‘Conscious Queen’, has said she did not become a reggae presenter by accident but through a well-planned achievement because she has reggae in her blood.
“I find reggae as a part of me. I find reggae in my blood because I grew up in a reggae home.
I grew up listening to my dad playing the Bob Marleys, Alpha Blondes, and the Eric Donaldsons as young as eight years so I grew up in it and with it but I wouldn’t say I’m addicted to it,” Conscious Queen stated in an interview.
“Reggae music is actually a soul-healing music. It heals you no matter what you are going through. It doesn’t matter which problems one is going through, there is a song for it.
You only have to know the kind of song you have to listen to at that particular point and you get quickly uplifted,” Kukua added.
Born into a family of three and the only female among three children, Kukua said she always wanted to be a radio presenter because she loved to inspire people a lot so she wanted a good platform to share her views in a positive manner.
The former student of Radio and Broadcasting Development Foundation (RABODEF) said finding her feet in the radio industry, which was dominated by men, inspired her to bring out the best in her.
“Whether the industry is being ruled by men or not does not matter to me but what I can put into or add to it.
If you are determined, disciplined, and committed enough, then you can fit into any field of your choice regardless of your sex.”
“Before Pink FM, I was on other people’s shows like, ‘Reggae Business’, ‘Reggae River’ with Pablo, Net 2 TV with Palos as well as a couple of stations in Kumasi to make a statement for myself and also to tell the young girls out there that everything is possible the only difference is that with Pink I have the opportunity to host my own show so I have paid my dues anyway.”
Kukua claimed presenting reggae music itself was a reward. She however recounted the ordeal she went through when she first decided to become a reggae presenter.
“Before I started, people used to tell me that ‘you are too beautiful to present reggae, you are too nice to be moving with Rastas’ but I just want to tell them that you don’t need to be dirty to associate yourself with Rastas.”
“To me, it is the message that comes with it because you cannot judge a good book by it cover. I cannot judge people by their appearance. It is what is in that person which counts so I welcome all manner of people,” she said.
The former student of Asamankese Senior High School claimed she did not smoke but believed smoking was an individual’s decision.
“At times, it so disgusting to see you are being searched because you fall in the midst of Rastas.
It’s about time people stop associating marijuana with Rastas because I know a lot of them who don’t smoke”.
By: El-Amisty Nobo/Freelance Journalist.