Few days ago, former French Ambassador to Ghana, Anne Sophie Avé made headlines in the Ghanaian media space following her post on Twitter insisting that the Ghanaian government should give some influential creative personalities who are really marketing the country in many parts of the world diplomatic passports
The former ambassador who is known and appreciated for her immense contribution to Ghana’s arts and tourism industry made this post after seeing videos from rapper Sarkodie’s ongoing Jamz World Tour. This and many other factors influenced the tweet that has generated lots of interesting conversations on both old and new media.
Few hours ago, blogger Kobby Kyei out of curiosity and effort to delve more deeper into this important subject matter hosted the woman who is none Ghanaian but has the country at heart to expand the conversation.
According to her, arts and tourism which has become overly competitive is one of the avenues for serious revenue generation across the globe and for that reason, every government must do its possible best to encourage, appreciate, protect and promote stakeholders to go the extra mile in selling the country’s culture and rich heritage to people from other parts of the world.
She emphasized that, influential personalities from the creative industry have over the years been promoting the country and are capable of doing more if the government supports them with something like a diplomatic passport which will reduce the stress they sometimes go through just to secure a visa for a program overseas.
She cited an example where in 2022, rapper Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and others who are icons in the Ghanaian Showbiz space, known on the African continent and many parts of the world had to go through a hectic process before getting visas to travel to France for an event to showcase Ghana’s arts and tourism products to the world.
She believes that, it is important that a country like Ghana who has great and impactful creative personalities should consider giving these people diplomatic passport. She also emphasized that giving them this privilege means the respect and appreciation the state has for them.
Ghana has countless creative personalities from all aspect of the sector, who should be given, what should go into the selection of people to be given such a privilege has been one of the top issues raised by many, Speaking on the criteria to consider in this, the diplomat stated emphatically that, reputation is very important, personalities must have a good reputation, who travels frequently, who has huge influence and the ability to market the nation in a very positive light.
Per her vast experience as an ambassador and travel enthusiast on the African continent, she added that, this is not a new phenomenon in this part of the world. According to her, there some countries in this part of the world that have taken this great step and it has been really helpful so Ghana must also replicate it.
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