The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Catherine Ablema Afeku has sent a word of advice for personalities in the creative arts industry.
According to the Minister, it is only right that personalities in the creative arts industry (just like any other profession) save some monies at the peak of their careers so they do not become dependent on the government for support in times of need.
“In every career, there are ups and downs. But it is not the responsibility of anybody to either make your life well or not. It is the planning of the sector that makes or unmake.
Media/journalists die, teachers die, farmers die but why is it that when a creative person dies the whole media goes uproar and expects somebody to take the blame? Our Uncle Kofi has lived, he’s of age and he’s died of old age. It shouldn’t be a time of controversy but I also want you as a media person to understand and appreciate that the state is responsible for all its citizenry and not just those of us in arts,” she said.
“It is incumbent on us as the media who are part of the creative industry to empower our people that when they are at the mid-peak of their career. Save some of the money, join some of the pension schemes like the teachers and other people do so that in your golden years you will live off your talent.
That should be the line of thinking because as a nation, everyone matters and everyone is important,” she added.
Honorable Catherine Afeku, however, the government is putting in measures to ensure creative arts personalities enjoy royalties from their works.
She advised that the media should educate practitioners to save instead of relying on the governments for support in their golden age.