Let’s inculcate nationalism in children – Mark Okraku-Mantey
Deputy Minister-designate for Tourism and Creative Arts, Mark Okraku-Mantey has reiterated the need to inculcate nationalism in children.
“You are likely to see an American flag in all the movies Americans produced and this is a conscious effort they make to project their country. It is not too late for Ghana; we just must recapitalize on what we use to do in the Osofo Dadzie’s and reteach our children,” the deputy minister-designate said.
Taking his turn at the vetting committee in parliament, the deputy minister-designate said his ministry will partner with the Education Ministry to inculcate nationalism in the school syllabus.
Commenting on the need to improve Ghana’s economy through the promotion of Tourism and Creative Arts, the founder of Slip Music said Northern Ghana is one region targeted by the ministry.
“The tourism minister [Mohammed Awal] has hinted on plans to establish a music studio in the North and I promise to assist him to actualize the dream” he added.
The Year of Return
Expressing his view on the success of the ‘Year of Return’ programme by the government in 2019, the minister-designate said the year of return was a monumental event that attracted 1.3million people to Ghana.
“The event branded Ghana and subsequently we’ve seen people who come in wanting to do business, ‘Year of Return’ brought Ghana GHC3.3 million and so beyond the return is another strategic program to position Ghana to attract global investors” he added.
Okraku Mantey begun music production in 1996 and has worked with artists including Oheneba Kissi, Lord Kenya, Daasebre Gyamena, Adane Best, Akyeame, and Kumi Guitar. He was also an executive producer of the TV comedy series Efiewura.
If approved, Okraku-Mantey, who is the interim president of the Creative Arts Agency and the business unit director at Hitz FM, will deputize for Ibrahim Mohammed Awal.