Catherine Afeku, Minister-designate for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, has urged that we have to support the Ghanaian movie industry for its development and to elevate the status of Ghanaian celebrities just like other countries’ celebrities have.
She made these statements when she was on a visit with some actors and actresses to see veteran actor Emmanuel Armah, who is currently bedridden at the 37 Military Hospital going through an unknown ailment.
Ms. Afeku said that if Hollywood actors and actresses can grab attention with people traveling from all over the world for their autographs, then Ghanaian celebrities must be able to attract such attention.
According to her, Ghanaians need to support Ghanaian actors and actresses just like other countries have supported their stars to gain a respectable status in their countries, so that our actors and actresses can get attention in all over the world.
Talking about Emmanuel, she said, we are praying for our uncle Emmanuel Armah for his fast recovery from his sickness and get back to the screens to entertain Ghanaians. She added that there should be a welfare [scheme] for the actors and actresses that should be properly constituted with the Creative [Arts] Council.
She concluded, hopefully when this scheme(Welfare) will be approved, we’ll look at this to support our movie stars. We should feel proud to be Ghanaians. I am a proud Ghanaian and I am willing to serve my country.