Minister unhappy over infiltration of foreign drama shows

Dennis Peprah/Christopher Tetteh, GNA

Sunyani, Sept. 05, GNA- Mr. Evans Opoku-Bobie,
the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister designate on Tuesday expressed disgust over
the influx of foreign drama contents that have infiltrated and dominated
television networks in the country.

The Regional Minister, who is the Member of
Parliament (MP) for Asunafo North Constituency said something must be done to
bring the situation under control, before the local drama industry collapsed.

Mr. Opoku-Bobie noted that translation of
those foreign drama shows, aired virtually on all the local television channels
and networks, purposely to ease understanding of their audience had worsened
the situation.

He was interacting with Madam Janet Edna
Nyame, the Executive Director of the National Commission on Culture (NCC) when
she paid a courtesy call on him, as part of her two-day working visit to the
Brong-Ahafo Region.

Mr. Opoku-Bobie said the infiltration and
uncontrolled airing of these foreign theatre movies on local television
channels undermined and adulterated the Ghanaian culture.

The Regional Minister said because such drama
shows were also broadcast at peak hours, many children and students were
addicted and stay long to watch them, a situation which is also affecting their

That notwithstanding, he advised the Centre
for National Culture (CNC) to be innovative and develop the creative art
industry to make it “lovely and eye-catching”.

“If the Ghanaian culture, creative arts and
the cinema sector is improved, it would become attractive for public viewing
and enhance eco-tourism”, Mr. Opoku-Bobie added.   

Mad. Nyame said the Commission had taken
notice of the concerns, and assured that it would work on them to help bring
about positive change.

She said the creative arts industry was
capable of creating more jobs for the teeming unemployed youth in the country
and appealed to the Regional Minister to intervene for the establishment of
Culture Advisory Boards at the Municipal and District levels.

The Board would collaborate with and support
the various offices of the CNC to initiate and implement programmes that would
promote and deepen the country’s culture.

Mad. Nyame said the NCC was determined to
ensure that construction works on some regional theatre projects which had been
stalled because of lack of funding would start and appealed to corporate bodies
and philanthropists to support the CNC.

She said the government was committed to
complete all those theatres, and added that private sector investors who were
interested to partner with the CNC were welcomed.

Mad. Nyame who was accompanied by Mrs. Bernice
Deh-Kumah, Deputy Director of programmes at the CNC later paid a courtesy call
on the Sunyani Traditional Council and held closed-door discussion with Nana
Bosoma Asor Nkrawri II, the President and the members.


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