Catherine Afeku, Minister Designate for Creative Arts And Tourism, has addressed concerns over the influx of quality foreign content on Ghanaian Tv channels than the less quality Ghanaian produced contents, promising to combat the issue when in office.
Before we come under attack for describing local contents as of less quality and defunct versus the foreign ones – let’s settle this.
For so many years you have watched Efiewura, what moral lesson have you learnt from it as compared to an Indian series like Veera Or Kumkum Bhagya?
Catherine Afeku has fallen to cries of Ghanaian producers who want their content to be largely patronized whether they do a poor job or not and has promised to shift the paradigm to their favour but with an insight to make the indigenous movies have some quality.
Speaking at the vetting committee in parliament, she said “This is a very difficult and challenging aspect of our free market module and censorship challenges and it’s devastating to our local arts and creative movie industry”.
“We have the cinematography act and Film Bill that have already been passed and the effort to dialogue with some of these entities but because they are commercial entities and we know the censorship laws in the country, what we have as a challenge can only be done through encouraging or supporting our Film Industry … so if they saturate our TVs with quality indigenous Ghanaian movies, then it will bring some of these foreign contents down but aggressively we need a POLICY” she added.
Mrs Afeku, who is alleged to have been involved in a business fraudulent act, debunked such claims, stating that “I have never been charged with fraud neither have I ever had any criminal background. But in 2007, I had the opportunity to do business with some American partners and it is a simple business relationship that went sour”.
Just like Otiko Djaba, Catherine Afeku did NOT undertake her one-year mandatory national service after her tertiary education. Though she expressed interest to undertake it when given the opportunity, this will be a hurdle for her and Otiko Djaba to be approved.