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CELEBRITIES have always had an enduring influence on the masses.

It’s just the way it is in the world.

That is why film stars and sports stars are very popular, in terms of appeal, to millions of people.

It’s not a coincidence that Cristiano Ronaldo, a football star, has the highest number of followers on social media, around the world.

Kids look up to celebrities as they see role models.

Those in despair find hope in the stories of these celebrities and how they rose to superstardom.

The majority of the celebrities we have in Zimbabwe rose to acclaim from humble beginnings while a few made it by default.

Joining the elite league of A-List stars is regarded as an achievement all over the world. What makes it a grand achievement is the journey many would have travelled before they reached the top of the tree.

Most of their fairy-tales are always inspiring and refreshing.

Zimbabweans tend to give a lot of credit to celebrities who were plucked from the bottom of the barrel before they became household names.

However, we now have a new crop of attention-seeking celebrities.

Some of these celebrities can do anything to grab headlines in the press and boost numbers on their social media handles. In recent months, we have had celebrities even faking their deaths.

There are some who have been faking marriages and reunions, for attention’s sake.

The attention-seeking levels we are witnessing are both worrisome and sickening.

In yesterday’s issue, two drama queens Jackie Ngarande and motor mouth comedienne, Mai TT gave social media users a field day.

Earlier, it was Mai TT, who posted on her social media handle claiming she had reconciled with her US-based husband, Tinashe Maphosa.

She claimed a close relative of Tinashe was desperate to see her troubled marriage collapse.

It, however, turned out it was one of her antics she normally pulls.

Then, socialite Jackie Ngarande shocked fans after going live for 23 minutes on Facebook threatening to commit suicide.

She said she wanted to die so that she could rest in peace.

Ngarande, who is famed for feeding the homeless, attracted over 5000 followers. Most of the viewers were consoling her. It later turned out that the 23-minute live broadcast was meant to hype her conference dubbed ‘‘Heal With Me,’’ to be held on October 1.

Participants will have to fork out US$50 to attend this event.

What shocked many is that the flier was leaked a few minutes after the socialite’s suicide announcement.

This was just in bad taste as Ngarande proved to be someone who can deceive her followers for the sake of boosting her business.

Sadly, these are the kind of celebrities we have in Zimbabwe, in this era of social media.

As a nation, it’s high time we give a cold shoulder to some of these lunatics masquerading as celebrities.

These attention-seekers deserve to be condemned and be unfollowed by fans who could find themselves with better things to do than spending their data on such people.

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