The sixth season of serial drama about adolescent health education; “You Only Live Once (YOLO)” premiered in Accra on Friday
The 13-episode season focuses on key health behaviors, including family planning, nutrition, reproductive health, child and adolescent health, and COVID-19 vaccination.
It is expected to empower adolescents and young adults to make informed choices about their health and development to build a healthier population.
It was produced by Farmhouse Productions Limited, in association with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ghana Education Service (GES) and the National Population Council (NPC), starring veteran actors, Jackie Appiah, Adjetey Annan, Majid Michel, Aaron Adatsi, and John B. Peasah.
Speaking at the premiere, Chief of Staff Ms. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare expressed her joy at YOLO’s return after a three-year hiatus.
She said the YOLO TV series complements the government’s efforts to educate and empower youth to be assertive in making life choices as they represented an essential aspect of Ghana’s development.
“The new season would be aimed at young adults, covering topics such as COVID-19 vaccination, family planning, reproductive health, malaria prevention and good nutrition in an effort for Ghanaians to live good lives.
“It opens a window for us to explore, experience, discuss and reflect on the complexities of the issues our young people face in their daily lives, and how we can better help them move forward,” said Ms Osei- Opare.
She said “forget the jab, the jab”, encouraged young people and Ghanaians in general to get vaccinated against the disease to avoid serious consequences.
The Director General of the GHS, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, praised the unique nature of the YOLO drama series in promoting positive health behaviors, especially among young people.
He said, “YOLO ensures that salient health issues are displayed and discussed at the level of today’s youth.”
This season is particularly dedicated to the culture and well-being of young people in the northern sector of the country, further pushing the agenda of leaving no one behind,” said Dr Kuma-Aboagye.
Mrs. Virginia Evelyn Palmer, the US Ambassador to Ghana, said; “YOLO is more than just a TV show, it is a safe space where young Ghanaians can discuss, debate and model positive behaviors that will protect their health and that of their families.”
YOLO season six would air on TV3, GH-ONE, YouTube and the Farmhouse Movie app.