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Graphic Showbiz forum discusses political parties and their promises for the creative arts and tourism sectors

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Panellists and guests who made it to the maiden Graphic Showbiz forum on the creative arts and tourism have called on the paper to hold more of such events.

According to them, more fora will give industry players more opportunities to let their voices be heard and also give the creative arts and tourism sectors the relevance they deserve.

The forum, which came off on Monday, November 23 at the Executive Theatre of TV3, was on the theme: “Moving from promises to action, a discussion of party manifestos on the creative industry,” and aimed at reviewin or assessing manifestos by the political parties as it pertained to the creative and tourism industries.

Akosua Adjepong

It attracted a lot of big names on the arts and entertainment circuit including President of the Creative Arts Council, Mark Okraku Mantey; Chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), Rex Omar; Highlife musicians, Amandzeba and Akosua Adjepong, Chairman of the National Film Authority, David Dontoh and filmmaker/Executive Secretary of the National Film Authority, Juliet Asante.

CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Akwasi Agyemang making a point

Others were poets Nana Asaase and Rhyme Sonny; tourism advocate, PaJohn Bentsifi Dadson; former Editor of Graphic Showbiz, Nanabanyin Dadson; CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Akwasi Agyemang; former MUSIGA President, Diana Hopeson; Gospel musician, Bernard Amankwah and CEO of 3Music Awards, Sadiq Abdulai Abu.

Francis Doku

There was also representation by some political parties including Ekow Jones from the Progressive People’s Party (PPP).

With a strong panel made up of CEO of Glitz Africa, Claudia Lumor (fashion); veteran actor/playwright (Abeiku Sagoe); producer/director and NAFTI lecturer George Bosompim (Film); rapper, Edem (Music), poet, Oswald Okaitei (poetry) and Senior Expert on Communications in Africa at the World Tourism Organisation, Kojo Bentum-Willams (tourism) and ably moderated by Graphic Showbiz columnist and General Manager of Media General Television, Francis Doku, the discussions were lively and insightful and contributions by panellists very informative.

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Actor and Chairman of the National Film Authority, David Dontoh, also speaking at the forum

After initial statements concerning their areas and how well or not they have been represented by the political parties as well as follow up questions, the floor was open for contributions and the guests did not miss the opportunity to express themselves, chronicling the years of neglect and what can be done going forward.

Structures

One of the major issues that were highlighted at the forum was the need for structures for the creative and tourism sectors.

A bane of the industry has been the lack of structures and this was raised by several speakers including Abeiku Sagoe and Akwasi Agyemang who reiterated that point during their submissions.

Akwasi Agyemang asked industry players to be organised as it was a way they could effectively fight to get their issues addressed.

Abeiku Sagoe urged that there should be a more harmonious relationship among the tourism, creative arts and culture sectors, a point which Akwasi Agyemang agreed with.

“When the Ghana Tourism Authority introduced the “See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana, and Feel Ghana” initiative, industry people thought it was just something we were doing on our own so they didn’t take advantage of it,” he disclosed.

Others like musician Edem urged creative arts players to come together and present a document of action that any political party that comes into power would follow.

More platforms

In the course of the two-hour event, the panel members and guests expressed excitement at the event and asked that Graphic Showbiz should organise more of such events.

According to them, such platforms were important to enable them to free their minds and seek solutions to the problems bedevilling the creative and tourism sectors.

In her welcome remarks, Editor of Graphic Showbiz, Adwoa Serwaa Bonsu indicated that from 2021, there would be a forum every quarter that would tackle pertinent issues.

Graphic Showbiz columnist and General Manager, Media General Television, Francis Doku, moderated the forum

The forum was in partnership with Media General and Cheezzy Pizza.

 

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There is NO LOVE in the Ghana Music Industry musician STEGUE cries out

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Ghanaian singjay Stegue seems to be bitter about how the Ghanaian Music industry is full of hatred for each other which shouldn’t be so.

He says there is ‘No Love’ in the industry unlike other countries and that is one of the reasons why our industry is refusing to grow because instead of collaborating and helping each other grow to face the world market at large we find ourselves competing with each other in this small space.

In his recent release of the visuals for song titled ‘No Love’ a single off his Debut EP ‘Xpensive Style ‘ he cries out and addresses the hatred in the system .

In a recent tweet he stated clearly https://twitter.com/_stegue_/status/1448308317244243970?s=20   .” There is No love in the Ghana Music industry ,let’s not forget that at the end it’s us against the world” .In his recent video he talks about the hatred in the system and unnecessary competition .

 

Fans were amused after his statements while they highly anticipate the release of his sophomore Project “Songs For The Deaf” year .

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I’ve never cheated on my wife in our 16 years of marriage – Okyeame Kwame reveals

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Ghanaian musician and songwriter Kwame Nsiah-Apau, popularly known as Okyeame Kwame, says he has never cheated on his wife since they married 16 years ago. (more…)

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“I want to go to Psychiatric again, take me back to psychiatric” -Funny Face relapses and cries for help

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The actor in a new video has been weeping over his failed love life. According to him, he has never been lucky when it comes women. “Herh Yaw Boateng, you have followed a*s and disappointed yourself, I have been crying,” he said.
Funny Face was speaking about his ex-wife, baby mama and another woman he claims has given a child of his to another man in Germany because of money.
Recounting his experience with women in his life, Funny Face says he wants to go back to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital. “Herh woman go show you … Someone has slept with my wife and married her, I didn’t take the 7:30 medicine, it calms me down,” he said.

“AM ABOUT TO DROP SOME BOMBSHELLS !! I give JEHOVAH all da glory … you girls thought .. I was a fool? Nooo NEVER !! I loved u genuinely .. dats why .. you fucked urselves like a female dog “ BITCH “ yet I still loved you girls with all my heart especially VANNESSA.. cos you gave me #ELLAandBELLA my precious Darlings .. I was even ready to die for you VANNESSA .. but what did u do .. u sold me cheap to my haters.. GIRL get ready .. people will know da real you .. why are u selling pussy tightener and dick enlargement on ur page .. after u got followers from my fam base .. I think … like 17,000 #FunnyFans came to follow you because you took a picture with me at da psychiatric and it went viral .. so my fans came to follow u .. what did u do .. u disgraced dem by selling pussy juice .. kwasssiaaaa baaaashasheeeeee … because dats how … u get to meet ur “ men “ …. Mordern “ HOOK UP “ .. been quite for soo long .. am abt to drop some secrets !! GHANA GET READY …. IS ABT TO GO DOWN.”

 

After sharing various videos recounting his pain, the “COW AND CHICKEN” actor called for help.

“Someone has slept with my wife and married her, another one too has given my child to another man because of money, Yaw Boateng I am tired … I want to go to Psychiatric again, take me back to psychiatric,” he said whilst crying in a now-deleted video.

Funny Face experiences 7th suicide attempt, saved by Military men in Kumasi

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MzGee resigns from Media General after 2 years

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TV3 and 3FM’s entertainment journalist and television host, Gloria Akpene Acquah, popularly known as MzGee, has quit her job with the Media General after 2 years. (more…)

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Use local songs for your Tiktok videos – Kuami Eugene appeals to Ghanaians

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Lynx Music signee, Kuami Eugene has called out social media users who are usually seen jamming to other nationals’ songs on Tiktok to equally do more videos with Ghanaian songs. (more…)

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Nigerians mourn as fast-rising compere, MC Eve dies in a car crash in Lagos

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Nigerians are mourning event host, Evelyn Adewunmi, popularly known as MC Eve, who died in a car crash. (more…)

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