Former Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Arts, Abla Dzifa Gomashie has said successive governments cannot be held responsible for the misfortunes the Arts industry is facing.
Expressing her thoughts on why the Arts Industry in Ghana is still in disarray, the veteran actress said practitioners in the industry should not heap all the blame on politicians.
She admitted that the pace at which the Arts Industry is growing is nothing to write home about but the practitioners can bear with other successive governments of making meaningful inputs regarding infrastructure.
“We never had a Ministry for Creative Arts but because Tourism sector was already in existence, it overshadowed the Arts sector.
“During my tenure as the Deputy Tourism, Culture and Arts Minister, we were almost done with the legal framework where it gives the Ghana Civil Service the possibility to determine whether the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture will need three different directors to help the deputy and the substantive Minister to see how best they can restructure the three domain especially the Arts sector which was already suffering.
“We were at a point of engaging the industry players when unfortunately we [NDC] were booted out of Government. I have also observed that the Arts industry as it was back in the day, isn’t as vibrant now.”
The one time revered Ghanaian actress and ex-Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Dzifa Gomashie, recently announced her retirement from acting career.
She said she would no longer be working as an actress. According to her, she wants to focus on her political career as a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).