The creative arts industry in Ghana has not seen any significant progress irrespective of the mouthwatering promises by both the past and present government. It’s nothing but unfortunate that Ghana can’t boast of ultramodern theatres in all the regions apart from the one in Accra.
Remember in the month of September, 2017, Madam Catherine Ablema Afeku, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture together with executives from Ghana Tourism Authority and the government at an august ceremony in the Northern Region of Ghana, unveiled about 30 tourism ambassadors with the hope that they’ll put ideas together to push the creative arts sector to the apogee level.
“A year is past but the state of the tourism sector remains the same – no significant progress. Logically, this presupposes that majority of the tourism ambassadors couldn’t live up to expectation. However and despite the fact that the already appointed ambassadors have failed the sector, Madam Catherine Afeku keeps doubling the ambassadorial numbers. Between 2017 – 2018, only 10 of the tourism ambassadors have submitted their projects but the approval dates remains a mystery till today. So, why should the minister goes on to appoint another ambassador in the person of Bill Asamoah?”, Nana Frimpong Ziga quizzed in the studios of Kessben 93.3 FM.
If you could remember, Kumawood actor Bill Asamoah Bill was appointed as tourism ambassador to add up to the existing failed ambassadors. So, it’s not surprising that Bill’s appointment has received mixed emotions as some pundits in the sector are convinced beyond doubt that Bill Asamoah doesn’ qualify for the spot. Besides, they are of the view that the existing ones have failed to do justice to their roles, therefore, it’s illogical to add-up to the numbers.
However, Nana Frimpong Ziga, a highly opinionated showbiz critic, thinks otherwise. Ziga who is also an integral member of Creative Arts for Development & Action believes that Bill Asamoah’s appointment is on point but it can’t mute him in any way as some people are discussing. Speaking in the studios of Kessben FM in Kumasi, Ziga said that Bill Asamoah is well-known as just and vociferous person so his ambassadorial appointment can’t influence his willingness and desire to push or otherwise lobby for the progress of Kumasi Creative Arts sector.