Okyeame Kwame, Prince David Osei, others named as NPP Manifesto Committee

Ghanaian artist Okyeame Kwame and actor Prince David Osei have been selected to contribute to the development of policies for the New Patriotic Party (NPP). They are part of a sub-committee focusing on tourism, arts, and culture, led by Juliet Yaa Asantewaa Asante from the National Film Authority and Akwasi Agyemang from the Ghana Tourism Authority.

Other members include former Tourism Minister Catherine Abelema Afeku, Dr. Ama Boafo-Arthur, Prof. Issahatu Adam, Claudia Lumor, Nana Yaw Manteaw, Yaa Pokua Baiden, Kwaku Osei Korankye Asiedu, Festus Frimpong Gyebi, Eric Owusu Akreso, Dr. Ackah Kwame Nyameke, and Radia Adama Saani.

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Given the high expectations from stakeholders in the cultural and creative sectors, this committee faces the task of devising strategies that will significantly benefit the industry. Additionally, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, the NPP’s flagbearer, has pledged to establish digital platforms for Ghanaian artists if elected as President.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP), has come under serious scrutiny by the creative industry stakeholders for reneging on a number of its promises.

Some of the NPP’s unfulfilled promises are the setting up of the Creative Arts Fund to support artists, and the construction of theatres in Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale.

The NPP also promised that “given that our artistes do not have the capital to set up studios, we will, as part of the entrepreneurial hub’s strategy, establish, in partnership with the private sector, large recording studios in Accra, Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi. Recording artists can rent space to do the recordings in these studios.” That promise has also not been fulfilled.

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Finally, the construction of a convention and exhibition centre at the Ghana Trade Fair Company site, La has not been completed.

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