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Ibrahim Mahama bemoans the lack of stakeholder support for the art industry in Ghana

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Renowned Ghanaian artist, Ibrahim Mahama has bemoaned the lack of support for the art industry in Ghana by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and other stakeholders.

According to Founder of Red Clay Studios in Tamale, although the art industry in Ghana is growing, he is yet to see any major involvement by the ministry, and other stakeholders.

Speaking in an interview with Ameyaw TV’s Zeinat Issahak at the just ended Exclusive Men of the Year (EMY) Awards held at the Grand Arena, Accra International Conference Center, Ibrahim Mahama believes “it will take time for that to happen,” adding that “it’s a thing of understanding.”

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When asked if artists include these governmental agencies in their projects, he responded saying; “We try, personally from my side.”

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He further shared that “it’s been 8 years since I started building Red Clay but I’ve never had a single person from the cultural agency or cultural ministry visit the institution to even discuss what that means to culture in Ghana.”

Ibrahim Mahama believes it will take a while, but he’s hopeful that this generation will collaborate more rather than rely on governmental institutions.

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“So, I think it will take a while but at the end of the day for me I’m more hopeful about our generation because if we understand that we’re doing something…this person is doing this and that at the end of the day you all come together and promote each other then at least, the future will be a lot more certain rather than relying on governmental institutions and all that. I think that we should be able to move beyond it,” he added.

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