By Maxwell Okamafo Addo
Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur, wife of the Vice-President, has challenged Ghanaian artists to do more in terms of organizing exhibitions to showcase their work, so that the industry would grow and also make them more marketable
Mrs Amissah-Arthur, was speaking at an art exhibition show, hosted by a young Ghanaian artist, Maku Azu ,at the World Bank office at Ridge in Accra.
The exhibition, which attracted diplomats, foreigners , Ghanaian artist, is an idea mooted by the World Bank, in collaboration with UNESCO, to help those in the art and creativity.
The idea of the exhibition, is to help Ghanaian talented artist to showcase their work and to also help in Jobs and Income, so as to contribute to the development and implementation and make Ghana an attractive tourist destination in the creative industry.
The Second Lady, recommended to Ghanaian businesses and government to purchase some of the art works done by Maku Azu, since it was an excellent show piece.
She said, with people like Maku and the talent that she posses, must not be allow to die, since the art industry helps in the area of job creation, beauty and income.
She continued that beyond the commercial perspective, the art by Maku, had a way of touching “our body, our soul and our minds”, she therefore, applauded her for the good works that she was doing as a young lady and commended the World bank office Ghana for instituting the programme.
The Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs. Dzifa Gomashie, praised the organizers for the bold initiative and urged Maku to keep up with her good work and pledged the Ministry’s support to promote and sustain Ghana’s indigenous and artistic industry for development.
She charged the Ghanaian business community to take advantage of the opportunities in the art industry and not only produce for the local market, but also for export, adding that the government of President John Mahama, saw the wisdom of adding creative arts industry to a ministry, so that Ghanaians would know how government attaches great importance to that sector.
Maku Azu, the artist on her part, thanked everybody who was able to make it to the event and urged Ghanaians to patronize most of the art works, since it represents our culture and heritage.