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Yvonne Nelson, Kafui Danku, Stonebwoy blast Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko


A high ranking member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has incurred the wrath of some creative arts persons following his expression of disappointment in some Ghanaian movies.

Mr Otchere-Darko in a Facebook post said he was saddened after watching 10 random Ghanaian movies.

“I took my time to watch randomly ten Ghanaian movies and never felt so disappointed. It brought home to me one major deficiency in our development. The apparent lack of deliberate consciousness on the part of the creative industry in the development conversation. The presence of the creative industry appears at best peripheral in Ghana’s development narrative. Our movies, our songs, our arts, by and large, do not impactfully plug into a greater development agenda,” portions of his post read.

“Hollywood, for the best part of a century, has been deliberately used by America to push successfully American cultural “supremacy” agenda; it has been used as an effective instrument of military or economic indoctrination. But, what has been the underlying consciousness behind our creative industry, if any?” he queried.

“What role, for instance, can actors in the creative industry play to define and realize this whole important concept of moving Ghana Beyond Aid? We must elevate consciousness in Ghana if we are serious about winning.” he concluded.

Responding to the assertion, actress and movie producer, Yvonne Nelson in a series of tweet took a swipe at Otchere-Darko, stressing that his judgment is low.

For Kafui Danku, Otchere-Darko was just blabbing.

Joining the chorus of reactions to the post, musician, Stonebwoy, wondered why persons who have been able to the materials Otchere-Darko labelled as ‘disappointing’ would rather not be commended considering the challenges the industry is bedeviled with.

“At least they Know the power of the creative industry ( music, movies etc) and its impact on the greater developmental agenda But hardly or Gets No support From Government!! I think those of Us Who have Come This Far At least to be producing “disappointing” materials should be applauded.. for Only God knows the challenges.. And The Question should rather Be What is The Government doing?” he asked.

Below are other reactions to Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko’s post


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Dear Mr. Gabby Otchere-Darko, First of all, I appreciate that u add your voice to the need for us to move our nation beyond aid and the need for our creative works to contribute to development agenda. Indeed, truly, Hollywood has been a front-runner in the promotion of America as a brand and has been a key contributor to the development of America and a great influence on their world and on ours. Beyond what the major film studios and individual stakeholders have done, i am very sure u are also aware the major role played by American govts over the years. Enabling environment for creative arts, enforcement of piracy laws, intellectual property laws, capacity building, tax incentives, etc… Most of the Hollywood movies u see are from the top 6 studios despite the fact that there are thousands of filmmakers in Hollywood; which implies that there are some crappy ones from the same America that do not get the same attention. Which brings the question, which random movies from Ghana did u watch? I am very curious because of the blanket statement u made. I wont even go into how individuals have fought and toiled to keep the industry alive with 100% owner’s equity financing of movies. Many of our movies have made significant strides on the continent n beyond with individuals hard work. Reputable international airlines buy and show Ghanaian movies, reputable international film festivals and awards in Europe, US and across Africa acknowledge and duly recognize the quality of our films which have been painstakingly financed by individuals who have used their lifetime investments to nurture these dreams with the hope that someday the government of our nation will see that we are not looking for handouts and “sponsorship” but government’s interest that there is indeed an opportunity to make Ghana’s film industry an attractive investment venture and positively project the image of Ghana… contd

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