Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Her Excellency Samira Bawumia, has urged Ghana filmmakers to sell Ghana to the rest of the world through good film productions.
Speaking in an interview with e. TV Ghana at the just ended Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF), she affirmed her love for the Creative Arts Industry as she spoke about the significance of film in the nation’s development.
“Well everyone who knows me knows that I love the creative arts. Like I said in my speech earlier, it is a tool for national development. We know a lot about other countries through their films and we love other countries through their films,” she said.
She commended the founder of BSIFF, Juliet Asante, for the good work done and encouraged that; Ghanaian filmmakers should tell the Ghanaian story depicting the origin and assets of Ghana to project the country in order to gain global recognition.
“I think as Ghanaians, we can project all the good things we have, the good people, the good stories, the resources we have through films. I think Juliet is doing a fantastic job and I hope that more of our filmmakers can put up good shows and productions that will be global,” she noted.
The second lady has been spotted at various functions with regards to the creative arts to show her undying support for the field and she never disappoints with her outstanding sense of fashion, which promotes the Ghanaian fashion industry as she patronizes the services of Ghanaian fashion designers.
Mrs. Bawumia was recently made an Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and joins former UN Secretary, the late General Kofi Annan, Academy Award-winning actor Julia Roberts, and Grammy-nominated musician Rocky Dawuni to work with the Alliance and it’s partners to raise awareness of household air pollution and encourage broader adoption of clean cooking solutions in developing countries in a bid to create cleaner environments and eradicate deaths caused by pollution from the burning of solid fuels for cooking.
Founded by Ghanaian actress Juliet Asante, the BSIFF is a non-profit initiative, creating global connections through film and helping to bridge the gap between African cinema and the world. It is a festival focused on the Business of film and advocacy in the region. Their goal is to create a platform where filmmakers can learn, network, do business and celebrate their craft within an African context, as well as opening doors of opportunity for the filmmakers and audiences attending the festival.