The Former Deputy Tourism and Creative Arts Minister, Abla Dzifa Gomashie has appealed to members of the creative arts industry to show a keen interest in the affairs of the industry as well as the ministry.
The former minister at this year’s Accra International Book Festival on Saturday, March 30, raised concerns about creative artists promoting activities pertaining to their specific fields: poetry, drama, writing, etc. while neglecting matters concerning the industry as a whole.
“One thing I’ve noticed also is that here in this room will be authors, publishers, poets who want to publish. But you see your audience or your clientele is not only within the domain in which you are. Your potential clientele includes those who make fashion, who make clothes, who do makeup, who do beads. But when they’re organizing their events, you don’t show up. It’s not useful that you remain in your own space and yet you want to grow. That space is so small; it has too many people in it. So you need to engage the other domains in the sector. It is the only way I know that will make it work.”
Madam Dzifa further appealed to the writers during the event as well as the general public to show an appreciable level of interest and engage in activities of the creative arts industry. This, she stressed would make available, any form of aid that the industry has to its members.
“We need to own what is ours; we need to be shareholders in the business of the creative arts which includes all of you and all of us. That is a problem. Because you don’t show up too, when there’s the opportunity to get access to funding, you don’t get it. I know that the Ghana Association of Writers benefited from the budget that we had reserved for the creative artists. The Ghana Writers Association benefited, the film people benefited, why didn’t the book people benefit? Because they didn’t hear. Why didn’t they hear? Because they’re not interested in our business. But you must be interested in our business. When the ministry calls you, please do show some interest.”
By: Stella Dziedzorm and Linda Mensah | universnewsroom