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The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Catherine A. Afeku on Saturday May 27, 2017, met actors and actresses in the movie industry at Miklin Hotel in Kumasi.
Their dialogue centered on their concerns in the Ghanaian movie industry affecting their business.
One of their major concern, was with regards to the patronage of Mexican and other foreign Telenovelas on the various Television networks by majority of Ghanaians to the neglect of our own local movies.
The Minister in her speech assured them that, she will dialogue with stakeholders to find common grounds to promote local movies on the private TV stations.
She also reiterated the challenge of censorship which goes contrary to the government’s policy of unfettered media freedom.
Nevertheless, the minister hinted the possibility of supporting private sector to secure a TV license solely dedicated to showing Ghanaian movies, thereby boosting promotion and offering competition to the telenovelas.
She also affirmed her ministry’s commitment to complete the regional theatre, to support the industry in Ashanti Region.
Honourable Catherine A. Afeku further assured members that, her ministry would ensure that any decision taken will premiere on their concerns raised and in the best interest of the industry.
Among a few other players in the industry, present were; Mark Okraku Mante, Agya Koo, Augustine Abbey (Idikoko), Salinko, Matilda Asare, Michael Afrane etc.
They applauded the ministry for its timely intervention and promised to work hand in hand to project the image of Kumawood in the eyes of Ghanaians.