Actors and actresses descends heavily on “IGNORANT” Gabby Otchere Darko

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A member of Akufo-Addo’s government, Gabby Otchere Darko has been attacked by actors and actresses on social media for sharing his disappointment after watching ten Ghanaian movies.

He said in a post after watching the movie that “I took my time to watch randomly ten Ghanaian movies and never felt so disappointed. It brought home to me one major deficiency in our development. The apparent lack of deliberate consciousness on the part of the creative industry in the development conversation. The presence of the creative industry appears at best peripheral in Ghana’s development narrative. Our movies, our songs, our arts, by and large, do not impactfully plug into a greater development agenda. Hollywood, for the best part of a century, has been deliberately used by America to push successfully American cultural “supremacy” agenda; it has been used as an effective instrument of military or economic indoctrination. But, what has been the underlying consciousness behind our creative industry, if any?
What role, for instance, can actors in the creative industry play to define and realize this whole important concept of moving Ghana Beyond Aid? We must elevate consciousness in Ghana if we are serious about winning”.

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But his post did not sit down well people in the creative arts industry who also took to the same platform to share their frustration.

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Dear Mr. Gabby Otchere-Darko, First of all, I appreciate that u add your voice to the need for us to move our nation beyond aid and the need for our creative works to contribute to development agenda. Indeed, truly, Hollywood has been a front-runner in the promotion of America as a brand and has been a key contributor to the development of America and a great influence on their world and on ours. Beyond what the major film studios and individual stakeholders have done, i am very sure u are also aware the major role played by American govts over the years. Enabling environment for creative arts, enforcement of piracy laws, intellectual property laws, capacity building, tax incentives, etc… Most of the Hollywood movies u see are from the top 6 studios despite the fact that there are thousands of filmmakers in Hollywood; which implies that there are some crappy ones from the same America that do not get the same attention. Which brings the question, which random movies from Ghana did u watch? I am very curious because of the blanket statement u made. I wont even go into how individuals have fought and toiled to keep the industry alive with 100% owner's equity financing of movies. Many of our movies have made significant strides on the continent n beyond with individuals hard work. Reputable international airlines buy and show Ghanaian movies, reputable international film festivals and awards in Europe, US and across Africa acknowledge and duly recognize the quality of our films which have been painstakingly financed by individuals who have used their lifetime investments to nurture these dreams with the hope that someday the government of our nation will see that we are not looking for handouts and "sponsorship" but government's interest that there is indeed an opportunity to make Ghana's film industry an attractive investment venture and positively project the image of Ghana… contd

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