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03.11.2020 Feature Article

A Quick Note To Players In Ghana's Potentially World-Beating Creative Arts Sector

A Quick Note To Players In Ghana's Potentially World-Beating Creative Arts Sector
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Ghana's creative arts sector, has the potential to earn our nation billions of dollars annually - generating wealth that remains locally, and jobs galore, nationwide, on top, too. Alas, the sector's players' main problem, is that in the digitised-era of global live streaming, they mostly still don't really see the transformative-possibilities that could be unleashed, through international collaborations, incentivised by the granting of long tax holidays, for their sector. Pity.

Ghana's younger generation of film-makers (and other players in our creative arts sector, such as our nation's brilliant musicians like the Shatta Wales, Kidis and Kofi Kinnatas), need to understand clearly, that it would be far more productive, in the longterm, to ask Ghanaian governments of the day, to simply make the creative arts sector, a tax-free one. Case closed. Full stop.

The question the sector's players need to ponder over is: Would a national policy granting the creative arts sector tax-free status, not definitely attract overseas filmakers, and other creative-types, from nations such as Finland (check, to come to partner young Ghanaian creative-types, in well-funded private-sector collaborative projects, right here, in Nkrumah's Ghana? Yoooooo...

Finally, would that not globalise their individual brands, and make many of them hard-currency-miilionaires-and-billionaires? Ebeiii, Massa, mu kaasa, koraaaa, too much. Above all, it is time they stopped following fickle politrickcians, ooooo, and united instead - and took their collective-future into their own sodden hands. When, koraaaa, will our creative-types realise that in the post-COVID-19-livestreaming-era, they are potential world-beaters? Haaba. Who born dog, I ask?

Kofi Thompson
Kofi Thompson, © 2020

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