Ghanaian actor and key investor in the creative sector, Kwadwo Nkansah Lilwin has said that the movie industry needs a separate representative at the ministry of tourism, arts and culture to ensure its betterment.
According to him, there should be people at the ministry who have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the modern dynamics concerning the film industry. He believes this will help boast the industry’s rapid growth.
Speaking to Kobby Kyei News prior to the premier of his upcoming movie titled Mr. President which he believes is going to be one of the biggest projects ever produced in the country, he said movie industry is struggling because most of the leaders at the ministry are more music inclined and that, lots of decisions go to their favor.
He cited an example that, Honorable Mark Okraku Mantey who is the deputy minister in charge of the ministry of tourism, arts and culture undoubtedly has an in-depth knowledge and understanding when it comes to music which is good but do not really help the movie industry.
He believes the movie industry lacks such personalities at the ministry where major decisions are taken. This influenced his suggestion that for the movie industry to be more vibrant, there must be people who really understands what goes into movie production, marketing and welfare of the key stakeholders — actors, producers, investors etc.
Kwadwo Nkansah who believes the creative industry is a key contributor of the country’s economy said that, undoubtedly, Ghana is blessed with talented creatives but needs to get more knowledgeable personalities around tables where major decisions are taken to ensure that the right things are done at the right time.
Highlighting some of the major challenges movie makers in the country are facing, he spoke about inadequate funds to produce world class movies, infrastructure like theaters and cinemas to show movies as it is done elsewhere, legislations to cushion investors and other stakeholders. Kwadwo believes these challenges can be overcome if a deliberate attempt is made to have experts at the ministry where major industry decisions are made.