Entertainment stakeholders make demands

Monday, October 15, 2018

(Friday 12th October, 2018 Issue)

Since the government of Adama Barrow came into power, several sectors have had cause to hope for better conditions after suffering neglect in the previous dispensation.

One of the affected fields was the entertainment sector, which some reports say lost about 30, 000 000 dalasi (650 000 dollars) yearly throughout the previous government.

Musicians, fashion designers, movie producers and other key stakeholders have now called on the new government  to look into the sector through formulation, ratification, and implementation of policies that will help entertainers to reap the fruits of their labor.

This will significantly boost the country’s gross domestic product and enhance lives of the citizenry.

For fashion, Ya Awa Konateh of Yawa Creation urged the government of President Barrow to open up the Gambian fashion industry to potential foreign investors.

 “Foreign investment will help local fashion designers to become salary workers. We can also be offering designing services as companies will be looking forward to outsource designing services,” she said.

In the music industry, Rapper ST spoke about the need for collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Gambian Music Union.

He said the National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC) may mediate between both bodies to safeguard the financial interest of musicians.

President of Film Makers Association Cherno Ababacarr Jallow said, “We are looking forward to engage the relevant authorities as to how we can jointly regulate the country’s movie industry. We have long been investing energy, time and resources on our movies with no significant gains.”

Author: Pa Modou Cham