After the music maestro pleaded for the establishment of “Ministry of Entertainment”, a lot of arguments has been raised either against or in support of his request. In an interview on Kumasi based Ultimate Radio 106.9 with Kwadwo Akoto, the music man and multiple award winning musician said establishing a Ministry of Entertainment is among the top three things he wishes to happen in 2013.
He has been criticised heavily for outpouring his mind on the effective ways or strategies that the government can put in place to raise the image of Ghanaian indigenous music. One of Ghana’s prolific writers and owner of Ghanacelebrities.com, Mr. Chris-Vincent has been one of those opposing Kojo Antwi’s request. I was astonished to hear him say, Kojo Antwi’s request is “Over ambitious and claptrap” and thinks we have intentionally misplaced our priorities. If I understood Mr. Chris-Vincent well, he mean, Kojo Antwi’s request is useless and rubbish. Maybe, he took Kojo Antwi’s request to another level of understanding. Mr. Chris-Vincent rather wants the ineffective Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture to still control the music industry. I happened to manage a cultural ensemble in Accra for two years and I know what they are going through even if you want a little sponsorship from the ministry.
Kojo Antwi clearly stated that “What I’d like is to have a Ministry of Entertainment. I don’t think it is right that the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture oversee the entertainment sector. We need a ministry which will primarily ensure the growth of the industry”. I personally don’t see anything wrong with the statement made by the maestro. I think Kojo Antwi has come to realised the improvement and the revolution that have taken place in the music industry since he has been one of the oldest artiste in industry. I think the idea is behind the recognition of the indigenous music we produce in Ghana as well as the future of our industry on the international music scale.
Government’s intervention in the music industry is one of the best ideas to raise the industry to a higher height. Think Ghana Music took our time to contact some of the prominent artistes to listen to their mind on this matter. Surprisingly, we had an overwhelming reply from them. We were able to contact Samini, Sarkodie, D-Black, Manifest, Okyeame Kwame, AJ Nelson, Obrafour, Stay Jay, Asem, VIP, R2Bees, EL, Mzbel, Wanlov, Dr. Crime, Sonnie Badu, Kwaw Kese, Kesse, Richie, 4×4, Reggie Rockstone, Jay Ghartey, but a few of them turned up with the best support for Kojo Antwi’s request. These were some of the replies we had from them.
Stay Jay said, “Great idea”.
AJ Nelson said, “It makes sense a lot. Government needs to pay attention to the entertainment industry just like the French do”.
Okyeame Kwame replied, “Very deep question. Will have to take time to give and answer. Will have to talk to Kojo(Kojo Antwi) to get his reasons also first”.
Jay Ghartey said, “I think Kojo Antwi’s idea is perfect for this time. Music is important in Ghana and we need to take it serious as it creates so many jobs. And it is one of our strengths we should capitalize on”.
Rap Sofo, Obrafour said, “Well it depends, but I will side with the maestro because the arts industry is a huge economic potential for a country’s development”.
I think we should be proud of Kojo Antwi for such a great idea.