There have been a lot discussions by creative arts stakeholders on how to kill the lull in the Ghanaian movie industry.
Latest to add his voice to the conversation is Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
A few days ago, Gabby vented his disappointment with some Ghanaian movies, questioning why the creative industry has been consigned to oblivion as far as national development is concerned.
“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,” he posted on Facebook.
“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,” he added.
Otchere-Darko made reference to how America has used the arts to profitably change their development narrative.
“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,” he further noted.
The founding member of political think tank Danquah Institute also asked “what has been the underlying consciousness behind our creative industry, if any?”
He asked “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.