Ghanaian rapper Edem has expressed his disappointment at the non-representation of the creative arts at the President’s Media Encounter which took place yesterday at the Flagstaff House.
The ‘Koene’ rapper took to twitter to vent his displeasure at the seeming neglect of the arts at the programme.
“Hello his Excellency @NAkufoAddo I am not happy nothing was said about the creative Arts industry during your media encounter..,” he tweeted.
The President in his address, touched on various fields of governance but for the creative arts and entertainment. Journalists who were allowed to ask question did not also touch on the arts.
In previous encounters, journalists from the creative arts were not invited. So it was joy for the arts stakeholders that 2 entertainment journalists were invited this year, except for the fact that they were not called to ask questions.
Arts and tourism journalists, Messrs Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo and Francis Doku who represented the arts have recounted that even though they tried to be noticed, they did not catch the eye of the Minster of Information, Mustapha Hamid who was the moderator of the programme.
“It is disappointing that we did not get the opportunity to ask questions in spite of everything we did; raising our hands, stretching our necks and every other sensible gesture to grab attention,” Arnold wrote on Facebook.
“We had the impression, going into the encounter that, once we have been invited, we would automatically get to ask questions, especially when it was the ‘first’ time Creative sector was getting a nod. We thought wrongly!
If you monitored the encounter, you’d notice how persons were selected to ask questions. The Minister doesn’t know me, he doesn’t know what I represent or what region I belong to, and clearly, I am not a senior journalist!” he added.
In the meantime, the Deputy Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has apologised to journalists who could not ask questions and has promised that a better approach will be adopted in subsequent encounters to allow more journalists to ask the President their questions.
By: Kwame Dadzie/citifmonline.com/Ghana