Bullgod, a prominent artist manager and pundit, has expressed his skepticism towards the government’s plans to build amphitheatres for entertainment purposes across the country. The comments came in response to the sod-cutting ceremony held by the Deputy Minister for Tourism and Creative Arts, Mark Okraku-Mantey, for an amphitheatre in Kumasi.
Speaking on Hitz Fm’s morning show, Bullgod stated that he was not impressed by the projects and doubted they would be completed, citing the example of judges’ homes that were destroyed in the name of building a national cathedral. “I am not impressed by the building of the amphitheatres. They will not complete the projects. They went to break judges’ homes all in the name of building a national cathedral. Go and see the place,” he said.
The government plans to build five amphitheatres this year, with two in Accra, one in Takoradi, one in Tamale, and one in Kumasi. The aim is to create jobs and boost the industry’s economy, serving as venues for performances and other forms of entertainment.
However, Bullgod believes that the government should not be applauded for the project, as they promised to start all five constructions last year but failed to act on it. “These people promised five amphitheatres last year. They are now building one and we are applauding them?” he questioned.
While these projects may have some cultural and entertainment significance, the government has changed its position on the type of project it will execute after promising ultra-modern theatres in several destinations in their 2016 manifesto. Other pressing issues that need to be addressed in the creative industry in Ghana, such as the renovation of the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park, setting up a multipurpose studio, and Copyright Offices have all gone unfulfilled.
For the most part, Bullgod’s skepticism echoes the sentiments of many industry players who have expressed their disappointment with the government’s failure to fulfill its promises. The creative industry is a significant contributor to Ghana’s economy, and these unfulfilled promises hinder its growth and potential.
Source: 3 News