It was only a matter of time to know exactly what was going on at the Creative Arts Council, a unit under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture inaugurated in March 2017 by the Minister Catherine Afeku.
Days after Ghana’s Hub For Pop Culture & Urban Entertainment News – www.nydjlive.com launched a campaign to have the council and the ministry account for what the office has achieved after 10 months, a follow up report by Entertainmentgh suggests the daughter of the president of the republic of Ghana, Gyankroma Akufo-Addo has ‘vacated’ her office and cares less about the activities of the Creative Arts Council and does not attend meetings.
Read the report from below;
“Gyankorama, who was appointed by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture as part of a 3-member team for the Council that also includes Mark Okraku Mantey as President and Bibi Bright as Secretary – is said not to have shown up at the office of the Council for months.
“She has not been seen at the office for quite a longtime, especially after the Council got its new office at the Accra Tourism Expo Center,” a reliable source confirmed to this website.
www.entertainmentgh.com also gathered that, Gyankroma has also failed to show up at meetings relating to the Creative Arts Council at the Ministry for a longtime.
One source also divulged that, Gyankorama’s desertion of the Council started when the 3-member team faced some ‘frustration’ in getting an office and resources for its operations after it was inaugurated.
“She is operating from her own office and clearly, it has nothing to do with the Council, especially when she does not show up for meetings,” the source stated.
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, in consultation with key stakeholders, appointed a three-member to lead the Creative Arts Council in March, last year and the team, as part of its terms of reference, was supposed to embark on a road-show across the country, to nominate members that would make up the Creative Arts Council.
Catherine Afeku, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, in her introduction of the team to the media; said the nominations to the Council would be in consultation with Creative Arts Associations. She also said, as per their mandate, the team would also select veterans in the industry to form a five-member governing board, which would guide the activities of the Council.”
Just like they have refused to speak to any of the issues we raised previously, Mark Okraku Mantey is yet to respond to texts and calls from the site.
Since its establishment, the Creative Arts Council is yet to make any major move or act on any of the assignments given to them.
The first and last that last we heard of them was at the GHAMRO Annual General Meeting at KNUST where you stated that the government intends building an ultra modern recording studio for musicians and an arts village.
Watch Mark speak at the GHAMRO meeting.