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$20m studio would help Ghana to become a film and music hub in West Africa—Awal

Minister-designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture has told the Appointment Committee of Parliament of the government’s initiative to put up a twenty million dollar national studio to help Ghana to achieve the status of film and music hub in the West Africa sub-region.

Mr. Awal explained that, without a strong culture and artistic foundation in Ghana, the tourist board will not achieve their desire results and therefore it is important that, we build and strengthen our cultural strength and our heritage.

He further said national tourism law and national film authority has been established to help strengthen the activities of our tourism, arts, and culture as a country in order to improve the interest of the citizens for visiting out various tourist sites.

Backing his statement with some statistics of some countries and the level of funds they made from tourism in recent times, he said Nigeria makes Ninety Million dollars ($90 million) from the film industry just two years ago which also created about One Million Jobs for the people.

In HOLLYWOOD the film industry in the same year created Two Million, One Hundred Thousand Jobs and make about Twelve million dollars ($12 million).

“India also made about Four billion dollars from the same film industry; Ghana can equally do it, if we have the studio, we can make sure to produce movies, films and to help the creative arts sector, he told the Committee on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

His answer was in response to the Member of Parliament for Odododiodioo, Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye who wanted to know why Ghanaian culture is not exhibited in our schools any longer and what the Minister-designate would do to change the trend.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com

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