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Ghana: Stakeholders Call for Investment in Arts Industry

Stakeholders in the arts industry have advised Ghanaians to take interest in the industry and invest in it to ensure its success.

They expressed disappointment in the way the country’s arts works were transported or shipped outside the country for foreigners to appreciate and patronise.

They made this known at the “Art in the City” event organised by So Fraiche Media in collaboration with Bambou Events in Accra on Tuesday.

Art involves a diverse range of activities including creative or imaginative talent expressive of technical proficiency, beauty, emotional power, or conceptual ideas.

Ms Annabelle Obiri, Founder, Trybe Africa, said most Ghanaians preferred investing in other industries other than the arts industry because they were oblivious of its essence and the impacts it had on the country.

Meanwhile, she said the arts industry had the potential to draw different regions and tribes together, with culture promoted in an effort to create a new national identity.

As such, Ms Obiri emphasised the need for art education for artists as well as other stakeholders to make novices knowledgeable in what the industry stood for.

Cyril Ofori, Managing Director, So Fraiche Media, indicated that arts industry was a much closed society with a few people understanding its essence.

He underscored that it was for that reason people from the diaspora and most foreigners who appreciated the meaning and essence of most art works patronised them the most.