In what many see as a snub of a heavy weight in the Arts and Culture industry in Ghana, film maker and entertainment pundit Socrate Safo has been swerved in the appointment of individuals into the Arts Council a body which supervises the Arts and Culture industry in Ghana.
Socrate who has been seen lobbying sometimes aggressively on radio and social media for an appointment since the swearing in of the new government which he heavily campaigned for during the 2016 elections seem not to have catch the eye of the appointing authorities regardless of his visible lobbying.
Reports were rife a few weeks ago during the appointment of ministers by the president that Socrate should be considered for an appointment as a minister or deputy minister of Arts and Culture but this was not to be. While we await to see if Socrate will be getting an appointment in the near future we cannot but wonder why it has taken this long for his incessant lobbying to catch the eye of the appointing authorities.
The appointment of Mark Okraku Mantey and Gyankroma Akufo-Addo (daughter of President Akufo-Addo) to the Art Council is seen as an obvious smack on the face of Mr Socrate Safo who should be fuming with rage at this development.
Mark Okraku Mantey, Music Producer and Programmes Manager of Hitz FM, has been appointed by the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture to head the new Creative Arts Council.
Mr Mantey would lead the Council, which was inaugurated Wednesday by Catherine Afeku, as its President.
The Minister inaugurated the Council at a brief ceremony at the conference room of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture in Accra Wednesday.
Also appointed to the Council is Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, daughter of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and actress Bibi Bright, who will serve as Secretary.
The three-member team, according to the Minister, would select the rest of the Council’s members and also set up the right framework for the council.
Mr Mantey’s topmost priority as President of the Creative Arts Council is to see to the revision, ratification and implementation of the Creative Arts Bill and its passage into Law.
Before exiting office, former Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare inaugurated an interim 32-member Council.
Membership of that Interim Creative Arts Council, which was headed by Mr Akunu Dake, included practitioners from Culture and Creative Arts bodies such as, Ghana Culture Forum, the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Ghana Book Publishers Association, Association of Visual Artists, Actresses Association of Ghana, Copy Ghana and Ghana Fashion Designers Association.
Source : Some sections of this article was culled MyJoyOnline