The President of the Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana (ATWAG), William Asiedu has admonished the tourism ambassadors appointed by the government to tap into the business aspect of tourism.
Speaking to KMJ on Showbiz Now on Joy Prime Mr Asiedu, who is also the Managing Editor of the Daily Heritage newspaper said the impact of the tourism ambassadors is not felt because most of them have not been able to strike deals that will ultimately transform the tourism industry, particularly in the area of infrastructure.
“What’s the objective of putting together that team of ambassadors? What were the key performance indicators that we sitting back will use to judge them?” he asked.
He added that each of the creative people chosen as tourism ambassadors should be able to use their clout to drive the tourism sector in their specific domains.
“I would have picked businessmen like Kwame Despite, Sikkens or Wiyaala who is now all over the world – people who can give us the returns that we need,” he said.
He noted that celebrities, who are business-minded are those that are needed for this cause.
“For me when I am talking tourism, I am talking business because the fun part will come when the business is done,” Mr Asiedu further stated.
Asked if the appointment of the ambassadors was useless, he answered in the negative, reiterating that instead of the government asking them to present their individual projects for consideration, it should have, from the outset, planned projects in line with the objectives of the ministry and tailored to suit the influence each celebrity wields in their respective fields.
In 2017, the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, appointed 30 Ghanaian celebrities as ambassadors for the “See Ghana, Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana, Feel Ghana” campaign.
The campaign concept draws on re-orienting Ghanaians on a new sense of national pride in its heritage, culture, and way of life.
According to Ms Catherine Afeku, the Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, the aim of the Tourism Ambassador programme, was to partner influential persons to help drive tourism growth in and outside the country.
She said the ambassadors would, therefore, use their personalities and expertise to sell Ghana’s tourism potential to the world.
The ambassadors include SP Kofi Sarpong, D-Black, Nana Kwame Ampadu, Okyeame Kwame, Fancy Gadam, Agya Koo, Lucky Mensah and Sena Dagadu.
Others are PaJohn Dadson, Reggie N Bollie, Wiyaala, Sam Okyere, Dada KD, Sherifa Gunu, Diana Asamoah, Cindy Thompson, Andy Dosty, among others.
10 Insults Hurled at Comedian OB Amponsah After ‘Mahama Corruption’ Joke
Comedy is believed to connect humans but in recent times, it is tearing us apart to the point that many comedy critiques are asking when comedy became the worst medicine.
Ghanaian comedian OB Amponsah on Saturday night recounts the trauma he went through when he received backlash from elements in the National Democratic Congress – NDC, the largest opposition political party in Ghana.
Some rank and file in the opposition party, NDC did not take it lightly when the trained Optometrist and comedian made a joke at Decemba 2 Rememba 2019 that the name Mahama (the leader and flagbearer of the NDC) is synonymous to Corruption.
Recounting his experience at his maiden Political Refugee comedy show at the SNAP Cinema inside the Accra Metropolitan Assembly building, OB Amponsah shared with his audience some of the insults hurled at him amidst threats.
Political Refugee which was hosted by comedian Clemento Suarez had other performing comedians such as Teekay, Jerry Nii oo Nii and musical performances from Efe Keyz, Atta Kay and Kweli the Poet.
Read some of the insults below:
OB Amponsah Promises Fun And Wit At Political Refugee
With about three (3) days to the much-anticipated comedy show to kick start 2020, comedian OB promises Political Refugee Comedy Show will be fun-filled with wit.
The Political Refugee Comedy Show offers an opportunity for the comedian to break silence on the experiences encountered during the later part of 2019 when he made a joke that was misconstrued to be politically biased.
OB Amponsah who is also a trained Optometrist mooted Political Refugee, a standup comedy from the media backlash he received after he had made a joke at Decemba 2 Rememba that the name Mahama is synonymous to corruption.
Speaking to www.asiwomewrites.com on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, he promises patrons to expect a lot of fun and witty content.
“I’m going to break the political ice and make sure everybody else leaves the auditorium satisfied. In the end, we should be able to laugh at ourselves as Ghanaians,” OB Amponsah stated.
Comedians to perform are Teekay, Jerry, Nii oo Nii. There will also be musical performances from Atta Kay, Efe Keyz and Kweli the Poet.
Political Refugee is scheduled for Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the SNAP Cinema inside the Accra Metropolitan Assembly Building. The rate is GHC 40.00.
My Artists Are Too Busy To Be Bothered About VGMA And Other Awards – Enock Agyepong
Mr. Enock Agyepong has disclosed that artists signed under the Speech Production label are more focused on building their brands than to be bothered about VGMA and other awards.
When asked by the host, Frimpong Agyei Christian whether his artists will file for the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards nominations, he explained that conversations bothering on filling for nominations and any other awards don’t even crop up in their agenda 2020 conversations.
“No, no, no; it is not part of our plans. With the kind of artistes I am working with, it doesn’t even come up in our conversations, seriously!” he stressed.
Touted as a hard-hitting convener of the Foundation Of Concerned Arts Professionals – FOCAP, Enock Agyepong on Onua FM indicated that, Kiyo Dee, Pzee Fire, Pablo Hancho and Alli will not be filling for the VGMA or any other awards in 2020.
He furthermore disclosed that the signed Speech Productions artists are focused and engaged in improving their crafts and building niche brands than to include awards in their plans for 2020.
“They are too busy to be bordered about it. For this year or hoping that next year, they will think about it but now, they just want to concentrate on their craft and their brands,” he stated.
However, Kiyo Dee was awarded the Emerging HipHop Artist of the Year at the Emerging Music Awards – EMA in 2019
Both Kiyo Dee’s Free Books Sold and Pzee’s Hustle & Hearts albums were number 1 on iTunes charts for weeks in 2019.
Edem Pledges To Write A Reggae Song For MzVee
Volta Regime Music Group rapper Edem has pledged his support to write a reggae song for the comeback dancehall musician MzVee.
MzVee who has returned to the music scene with a latest bang titled SHERIFF after battling what she referred to as a super depression.
Edem, in expressing his happiness on Instagram for MzVee’s return to the music scene accentuated that to strength
He also promised to gladly write a song for her whenever she needs a reggae song.
“Somebody tell @mzveegh that I am happy she is back..If she need another Reggae Joint..I would gladly Write for her..Welcome Sis…U represent thru Strength..Mi love u,” Edem said on Instagram.
Many Musicians Are Receiving GHAMRO Royalties They Don’t Deserve – Rex Omar
The Ghana Music Right Organization – GHAMRO has over the years been faced with its inability to institute a logging system for proper royalty distribution.
This challenge has caused an anomaly in the even distribution of royalties collected that is due to the musicians whose properties are currently being used.
Rex Omar, chairman of GHAMRO in an interview with asiwomewrites.com, your credible blog for entertainment and showbiz news, views and reviews explained the challenge is because the logging system is still being piloted.
“The problem we are having and encountering at GHAMRO is because we have not started using the logging system in its entirety. A lot of people are receiving monies that are not supposed to and the musicians whose music is currently being used also don’t receive their due,” Rex Omar explained.
The Chairman also alleged that the erstwhile Carlos Sakyi administration registered people who received royalties for no registered property which the logging system when fully operational will resolve.
Rex Omar further hinted that GHAMRO is going to face a lot more problems with their next distribution because more musicians will be receiving meager royalties but those whose songs are being used will receive more.
He, however, assured members that though the wind of the law grinds slowly, the organization is determined to retrieve an amount of GHC 2,113,803.93 made up of bank transactions and several withdrawals unaccounted for by the Carlos Sakyi, K. K. Kabobo led administration as revealed from the 2012 – 2016 audit reports of GHAMRO.
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