First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has pledged her unflinching support to the creative arts industry.
Addressing guests at the Black Star International Film (BSIF) symposium at the African Regent Hotel in Accra, the wife of Ghana’s President revealed that stakeholders within the sector can count on her support.
“I will be a full-fledged friend of the arts. You can count on me, I’ll be there,” she announced.
Her statement comes as good news for the many industry players who advocate better attention to the creative arts.
The First Lady was unveiled as a patron of the Institute at the ceremony to usher in the 2018 edition of the Black Star International Film Festival to be held in August.
Managing Director of Cal Bank, Frank Adu was announced as one of the patrons of the institute as well.
Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, in her speech, acknowledged the efforts of BSIF and its founder, Juliet Asante, in using film as a tool for development.
“Let me congratulate BSIFI of the Black Star International Film Festival for the event and commend them for the theme for this symposium,” she said.
The theme for the symposium this year is ‘Film as a tool to change the narrative for women.’
The First Lady charged filmmakers to use their productions to tell the stories of great but unsung Ghanaian women.
She also challenged the film industry to ‘make more films that sell Ghana positively’ while urging them to take advantage of the opportunities the sector offers.