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VETERAN Ghanaian actress, Akorfa Edjeani, has revealed that of all the challenges confronting the Creative Arts industry, the appointment of wrong people to head the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has been the major reason why the sector is not progressing.

In an interview with Showbiz at her Fali’s Hot Pot eatery at Kanda in Accra on Tuesday, June 4, Akorfa said she had not been impressed with appointees to the Tourism Ministry by successive governments because they lacked the requisite understanding of how the industry operated.

According to Akorfa, although she was not disrespecting the hard work of the ministers, she was convinced that industry players would perform better if they were appointed to such positions because the sector was a specialised area.

“I can’t say I know it all when it comes to the movie industry even with my over 30 years experience. However, I have some knowledge to express my opinion, especially on the way forward for our industry, which is still crawling after many years.

“Clearly, most ministers succeed because they always have technocrats, consultants and the necessary resource persons to facilitate their work, but that is not always the case with specialised sectors such as tourism and the creative arts.

“For instance, the ministers in charge of finance and energy are always experts or people who are quite knowledgeable in those areas and I think the Tourism ministry deserves such an appointee too,” she stated.

Akorfa said if the right people were appointed, it would go a long way to helping the tourism and creative arts sectors discover their economic power with the implementation of effective policies.

“This is because culture and tourism rakes in more money than any other sector, including cocoa. And so we need people who will use the creative arts industry to make the money and lead it for the impact and direction it lacks,” she added.

The mother of two also blamed the “crawling pace” of the movie industry on the absence of a national film authority to oversee the sector.

“It’s been three years since the National Film Act was passed, but it is yet to be a law. As an industry, we have done what is within our means to get it passed, but all to no avail. Without it, there will not be a proper direction for the industry.

“It appears our development is determined by successive governments. Each government comes and implements what is suitable for it. There has to be consensus among stakeholders to have a development plan, so that a change in government does not disrupt it.

“When we continue to let the status quo remain, we won’t see any progress in our industry. Is it not surprising that till date, there is no film on Yaa Asantewaa or Dr Kwame Nkrumah? So we are here today because of the many lapses that have been ignored,” she added.

Akorfa Edjeani has been in the movie industry for about three decades beginning with TV Theatre on GTV, then the series Ultimate Paradise and several movies. The recent movies she has featured in are For Better, For Worse and Azali.

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I may never collaborate with Tiwa Savage – Yemi Alade

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Nigerian Afropop singer, Yemi Alade, has said that she might never do a music project with Tiwa Savage, because of the “troubles” from their fans.

In an interview with Ndani TV, Alade said a collaboration might not attract positive reactions from the public.

“All my life when I’m choosing collaborations, it is not based on how I feel. It’s unfortunate that with the feelings and troubles that people keep stirring in our ways, it probably will never allow us to ever have a collaboration. Because you’re not sure the outcome would even be positive or be overrun by negative things and all the fights.

“When we do music, we do it so people can be happy, so when we do a song together, what are we fueling? What are we encouraging? That’s the most important question when I do collaborations, there is an aim. I think what would be would be,” Alade said.

In December 2018, the duo had engaged in a heated war of words on social media, after Alade claimed some female artistes enlarge their buttocks in photos to deceive fans.

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Stonebwoy’s words to Bukom Banku after UK win

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Ghanaian dancehall singer, Stonebwoy, has taken to his Twitter handle to congratulate boxer Braimah Kamoko popularly known as Bukom Banku for his win in the United Kingdom on Saturday.

Stonebwoy tweeted: The Great BUKOM BANKU!! Congratulations ????????????!! Winners Only!!”

Braimah Kamoko (31-1 23 KOs) stopped his opponent, Rojhat Bilgetekin (10-18 9 KOs) to win his first fight outside Ghana on September 7, 2019.

Bukom Banku, as he is affectionately called, dropped the German in round three at St George Hall in Bradford, UK on Saturday night.

Read Stonebwoy’s post below:

The Great BUKOM BANKU!!
Congratulations 🎈🍾🎉!!
Winners Only!!

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Stonebwoy Jabs Media Over Hotel Brouhaha

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Stonebwoy has taken a swipe at a section of Ghana’s media over reports that he was kicked out of a hotel in Kenya, where he performed at this year’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Festival in Nairobi on Saturday.

According to the celebrated reggae dancehall artiste, the media is only interested in seeing artistes like him fail.

He is, therefore, considering taking a legal action against the media platforms that reported his alleged hotel brouhaha, something he described as “false.”

This week’s reports from Kenya indicated that this year’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Festival didn’t live to up its billing.

The concert, which had some top African artistes such as Nigeria’s Yemi Alade, Tanzania’s Diamond Platinumz and Ghana’s dancehall artiste Stonebwoy on the bill, was held on Saturday at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

However, things didn’t go as planned, and music fans reportedly left the event grounds in sheer disappointment.

Stonebwoy allegedly got kicked out of his hotel room after the event over non-payment of bills by the organisers.

Kenyan celebrity blogger Xtian Dela‒ who made the Stonebwoy allegation on Twitter‒ also refused to disclose the name of the particular hotel in question, but only added that Nigeria’s Yemi Alade also “got locked up in her hotel room of because of bills.”

The reports were subsequently picked up by Ghana’s media platforms.

“Sometimes I wonder why so much WICKEDNESS in our Country.. FALSE reportage Gives Us So Much JOY!! like I see these Things and I’m pushed to regret Representing For this same Flag. When All they want is TO SEE US FAIL.. anyway the LAW works and we might resort to it,” he tweeted.

 

 

SOURCE: DAILYGUIDEAFRICA

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