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POLITICS: "I Will Turn NAFTI Into A Multimedia University" - Mahama

Presidential Candidate for the largest opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama has revealed he will turn the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) into a Multimedia University which will nurture students who will transform the creative arts industry in future.

Speaking on an Accra-based television station, Mr. Mahama said “To start with, he said it was imperative for the National Film and Television Institute is converted into a multimedia university where students are groomed on the various branches that exist in the creative arts industry”

The Former President added that since infrastructure is a driver which propels economic prosperity, it is important that measures are geared towards creating jobs for the youth.

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"That is why in the next administration that I heard everything will be geared towards creating more jobs in say the creative arts. You can imagine how many people can be employed in the creative arts industry as film directors, as sound engineers, as sound men. Nigeria has got it right and how Nigeria has done it, we can follow the same path and move our creative arts to the next level" he noted.

Mr. Mahama said “I’ve suggested that NAFTI, National Film and Television Institute should be turned into a modern Multimedia University that will train sound people, musicians and all of them. And create a conducive environment like building theatres and studios so that when a movie director shoots his movie, he will not have to share the proceeds with a private theatre 50/50 but rather the government theatre will just take 25% percent so that the movie maker can also invest the money made in producing other movies. Creating studios where they can use the studio at a subsidized fee"

The Flagbearer challenged the Akufo-Addo government to create a platform for young producers to come and showcase what they have been able to do.

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"How much will it cost to give them the National Theatre, have an Accra film festival, collaborate with the private sector to do an Accra film festival, the government can give prizes to the best movie. There are people doing Accra fashion week so you help them. Let all the fashion designers come and showcase the new models. People will come from Nigeria, they will bring money in, they will stay in hotels"

Mr. Mahama says transforming NAFTI will unleash Ghana's creative juices.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith