The Executive Secretary of the National Film Authority, Juliet Asante, has declared that, Ghana’s creative industry has the potential of transforming the economy due to its limitless potential for growth.
According to her, a number of factors, including few distributors and the narrow marketing channel, have made it difficult for Ghana’s creative industry to blossom as much as it should despite the quality materials produced and the country’s rich history in the creative arts space.
“It is one of the biggest avenues for us, but we’ve unfortunately not tapped into it,” she said this in an interview.
Juliet Asante, who is also the Board Chair of the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), stated she strongly believes that the revolution of the continent will stem from its creative industry, stressing that due to the ease of entry and vast opportunities, the sector can employ millions of young people.
“I believe that the revolution of Africa will happen from the creative space. The kind of mass numbers we need to employ can only come from the creative space because the barriers to entry are low, and the opportunity is vast, it is global.
The branding of Africa can happen on the wings of the creative space,” she stated.
Currently, about 5 million people are employed within the audiovisual space alone in the creative arts industry and bringing in about $5 billion annually, but UNESCO estimates that this can be quadrupled to $20 billion per year and 20 million people employed.