Convener for the Pressure group, Creative Forum in the Ashanti region, Austine Woode believes for continuity sake, music producer Mark Okraku Mantey, musician and former MUSIGA president Obour and former deputy minister Dr. Awal should not be made to lead the Creative Arts ministry.
Speaking on Tv3’s “Simply Showbiz” hosted by MzGee, the broadcast journalist and entertainment critic revealed the three things expected by his camp from the President in choosing a minister for the Creative Arts sector.
“…we need a creative arts person who understands us, we need continuity and we need an industry person.”
He stated that the creative arts transcend music and making Okraku Mantey and Obour head the sector will fulfill a part of their criterion. He believes their focus will only be fixed on the music aspect of the Arts while Dr. Awal’s will be on business and theories.
For them, moviemaker and CEO of Miracle Films, Samuel Nyamekye who ticks all the boxes.
“…take someone like Samuel Nyamekye, he doesn’t have any acumen in business but he will invest his whole life into creative arts and movies because he wants it to develop. If we bring someone who does not understand creative arts but has the business acumen, they will still go and focus on theories.”
He ends by tipping Madam Catherine Afeku as a best option for the purpose of continuity and also for her track record while in office as the sector’s minister.