Creative Arts Industry In Ghana To Soon Go Digital ….. Says Mark Okraku Mantey
On Thursday 9th July 2020 at the Accra Tourist Information Centre, the President of the Creative Arts Council of Ghana Mark Okraku Mantey, stated that preparations were being made to ensure that the Creative Arts industry in Ghana transitions from outdated ways of carrying out their various works to global technological methods. He said this would increase the efficiency of stakeholders as well as maximize their profits both locally and internationally. He was speaking at one of the periodic interactive sessions between the Creative Arts Council and stakeholders.
The President of the Creative Arts Council of Ghana Mark Okraku Mantey has stated that the Council is indeed receiving proposals as well as engaging experts in new media on practical ways of transforming the Creative Arts Industry into a more lucrative and efficient medium. “Some people have approached us to pitch their ideas, and we have also asked another person to put together a solution for the monitoring of music, so that sharing of monies accrued from royalty collections to artistes, will be based on accurate data. We are also getting someone to give us a solution just for events, and this will enable event organizers to sell to the world, thereby reaching a much larger audience at a lesser cost which will lead to larger profits by targeting more and charging less”, he explained.
Mark Okraku Mantey added that he believed that a good and lucrative film industry can impact the Ghanaian economy significantly. “I visited China some time ago and I was told about a movie, which according to revenue from sales, was in the trillions. So, it means that, if we do our things properly, one movie can change the fortunes of Ghana”, he said.
Finally, Mark Okraku Mantey thanked the audience for coming and reminded them of the urgency to adapt to modern trends as the future of the industry depended on it. “I want to appreciate everyone for coming. We can’t stop, especially when we have been asked by the President of Ghana Nana Akufo -Addo to be having these classes from time to time, because the world is moving forward and so we must conform. So, anytime we ‘smell’ knowledge, let’s go for it; whether formal or informal”, he explained.
Other guests at the event were Founder of 3Music Awards Saddick Ibrahim, Actress Salma Mumin, Jessica Williams, musician Fameye, Qwesi Oteng, the President of the Film Crew Association of Ghana Samuel Gyandoh, the President of the Film Producers of Ghana James Aboagye, actors Peter Ritchie, Bill Asamoah, Jessica Williams and others.
By Jerry Wonder