The Director of the National Commission on Culture (NCC) Socrates Sarfo, has said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Government led by President Akufo-Addo has taken industry players for donkeys.
In an emotionally charged interview on Accra based Okay FM, Mr. Sarfo, who is one of the founding fathers of local movie industry-Kumawood, said the government has only frustrated entertainers and had additionally insulted their intelligence.
“If somebody is listening, they should tell the President that some of us are getting tired…the frustration is too much. We’ve been quiet for far too long, and it looks like some people feel that being quiet means you are stupid. No! Being quite is giving people time to reform,” he told Halifax Ansah-Addo.
According to Socrates, President Akufo-Addo is being deceived by people around him that things are honky dory with entertainers, but that on the ground there is anguish. Consequently, he warned that the Emperor is naked.
Mr. Sarfo, who got to be NCC Director after campaigning for Akufo-Addo and using his influences to rally support for the NPP in 2016, wept bitterly in the studio during the interview as he complained that he has not been paid his salaries for some time now.
Mr. Sarfo was the architect of the NPP’s fanciful manifesto promise of building an ultramodern music studio in a number of regions for musicians.
The promise, which appeared to have not been thought through well has already been dismissed by musicians like Edem, who makes the point that because of technological evolution, beatmakers are nowadays making beats in their bedrooms.
Meanwhile, Socrates Sarfo is not the only entertainment personality who has giving voice to his disillusionment with the Akufo-Addo government. In 2018, the Deputy CEO of the Ghana Tourist Development Authority (GTDC) popularly called “Blakofe” resigned, citing the fact the GTDC has been turned into a per-diem harvesting ground.
Highlife crooner, Kwabena Kwabena has also expressed regret campaigning for the NPP in the past.