Deputy Minister-nominee of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mark Okraku-Mantey, has promised to engage players in the entertainment industry to refrain from promoting promiscuity in their works.
There have been concerns that some lyrics, music videos and movies produced in recent times promote nudity, violence and sex, which is alien to the Ghanaian culture.
This concern was reiterated by Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu when Mr Okraku-Mantey appeared before the Appointment Committee of parliament on Tuesday, 15 June 2021.
Asked what he would do to prevent the entertainment industry from promoting promiscuity, Mr Okraku-Mantey said: “I agree that the lyrics of some of the performers and, sometimes, some of the pictures they show in their music videos aren’t tasteful, so, we are going to engage industry”.
“Culture must be what we should use in producing creatives and, so, we are going to engage industry to understand that our culture first and our Ghana agenda first”, he said.
He further blamed the media for entrenching the situation.
“The media industry is, someway somehow, guilty because if the music or films produced and then because of the nature of the music or film they decide not to use it, I’m sure it’s going to discourage the rest from producing more of such but unfortunately, standards have dipped and so some of these things are allowed but we can engage and then we make a change,” said Mr Okraku-Mantey.
He added: “The broadcast law is also going to make a lot of changes, it will put us in the right path and give us the road map so that some of all these things can be controlled.”