Revered Ghanaian music producer Edward Nana Poku Osei also known as Hammer has backed an assertion by musician Shatta Wale, that Mark Okraku Mantey cannot “serve Creative Arts Industry as a minister.”
In a lengthy note posted on Facebook, Hammer revealed how Mark Okraku Mantey “didn’t want to dirty himself” by supporting them on a worthy cause just to stay in “a safe zone for his political ambitions.”
According to Hammer, although Mark Okraku Mantey is a distinguished gentleman and far from a cheat or a greedy guy, politics has destroyed the fighter he was.
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“Hate to admit it but Shatta is speaking our language… as far as entertainment is concerned at this point, policy and direction of the entertainment industry are not what we need. That happens naturally when creative ppl clash with businessmen.
Unfortunately, businessmen aren’t interested in our affairs cos the system doesn’t work.
Last year we went to Mark’s office to get him to help put Ghamro in order… he had no clue that the GHAMRO regime had even surpassed its tenure and were running illegalities. He was clearly out of touch… He made no attempt to get involved as he didn’t want to dirty himself… he, however, advised that we keep pushing… How did he expect us to keep pushing, the alliance for change amongst other self-funded groups like Unicom Ghamro have been putting in work and doing what they can with no power… but to what end…
We have engaged GHAMRO, queried them and listened to excuses over excuses, we watched GHAMRO blatantly disrespect the attorney generals office again and again then eventually went ahead to conduct their annual general meeting contrary to the rules of engagement that was set for them by the AG. Nothing happened to them. We didn’t hear Mark taking them to the cleaners. How can you disregard orders from such an office and nothing happens to you?
We needed ppl like Mark to stand and fight on our behalf but in recent times Mark has come to enjoy being in everyone’s good book. Mark just likes the safe zone for his political ambitions. Don’t get me wrong, Mark is far from a cheat or a greedy guy… as a matter of fact, he’s a distinguished gentleman. Mark wasn’t always like this, Mark has impacted my life personally as well…. actually the one who literally held my hand and made me start my pension with SSNIT around 2006 was none other than Mark but politics has destroyed the fighter he was.
I speak to mark at least once or twice a month and I’ve come to notice that politics does something to you, it replaces a fighter spirit with a kiss ass spirit. As long as its political Mark will not bleed for the industry. We don’t need that ministry. We need our systems to work so that the benefits will be apparent.. this will eventually lure the businessmen and Entrepreneurs into engaging the creatives and automatically the industry will heal itself.”
Earlier, Shatta Wale had in an interview with Erskine on Y107.9FM in Accra opined that Mark Okraku Mantey was not fit for a deputy Minister of Creative Arts Industry since he made no impact as President of the Creative Arts Agency.
“If our leaders are listening to me, I think it [Ministry of Creative Arts, Tourism and Culture] is something that they need to dissolve. We are in the technology world now. Someone like Mark Okraku Mantey can’t be there. Our leaders need to know. I am not saying it because I want to spoil his job. His job was a producer who became a Programmes Director at wherever he is but people like that don’t have the vision.
Up till now, I haven’t seen his house. He cannot encourage me. Up to now, I have not seen certain things in the industry that has pushed me. We are talking about creative arts here. But ask yourself how many artistes have gotten their royalties in the industry. In this music industry that we are in, Amakye Dede is still complaining”.
A number of media practitioners have called for Mark Okraku Mantey to be appointed the Deputy Minister for Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture with others already flooding social media with congratulatory messages.