The Displaced: Story of Migration and Trade

Photography by LISA KO

Afrogallonism Sculptural Installation

Afrogallonism Sculptural Installation

Contemporary artist Serge Attukwei Clottey led his GoLokal performance group to put up an experimental performance that told the story of how his family traded with the people of Labadi and later migrated to labadi at The Displaced Performance and Installation. The performnace was a well staged non-dialogue exhibition of how the Clottey family moved to their current labadi settlement. Attukwei and his GoLokal group AKA Public Space Hijackers use their performance as a form of community activism and also as traditional history crusadors. They are noted for raising political and enviromental awareness in the community. Serge installed some of his Afrogallonism sculptures and artworks on the beach where the performnace took place. The Yellow gallon pieces that are joined to form a montage were displaced on the route to the shores of the beach, it served as a directional guide to people who did not readily know the location.  Continue reading

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My Degree and My Pocket!!! (Short story)

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See how wanna Certificate big but wanna pockets flat.

Hello people!!!! … how are we this New Year? I hope you chopped your Christmas with vim? How many New Year’s resolutions did you make? Oh don’t worry yourself cos I know you’ve already forgotten. By the way I bring you greetings from the overlord of the world, the kind man who gave us His only begotten son. I beg what we dey do for Easter?…. Abi you guys sin saaaa make them kill Jesus again? No worries! He go wake up after three days p3!                                                               

Chale I’ll try and write my first post in 2013 in pidgin. I’m telling you guys what happened to me last Saturday! Hmmmm… I swear life no be easy for here koraaa!!! Man taya too much! But I know sey ego bee k3k3 (I beg make you twist you mouth give me).

Before I go start, make I tell give you guys a preamble. I go School for Ghana Institute of Journalism. After 4 years of learning, them give me Degree in Communication Studies. Chale I make happy sey I get degree ooo… abi you guys too get some? or you dey try get some? If you no get, make you no worry just do what you dey do! I dey do national service for National Identification Authority (NIA). But I swear degree no be all ooo…

As I wake up on Saturday, then kobo sef I no get some for my body. So I make my mind sey I no go go town, I just go dey house den watch TV, I no get DSTV or any satellite TV, so I just watch wanna local networks ladat.

Afternoon tee around 3PM wey I make my mind sey I go go walk for the hood inside then see if I go get some babe chat. As I dey go wey I go comot for some fitter shop for my house ein back, I stand there small dey watch the fitters do demma magic on the cars for there. Chale but fitters bi azaa pass hw33333!!!!!!

I see some young fitter boys wey them dey claim big monies for there. Chale very young guys paa ooo… there norr I see sey some man bring ein car, then ebi some “ball joint” problem bi… them tell the man sey make he go then come take car in 30 minutes time. The man leff norr wey them go take some old car ein own come fix. The man come wey them tell am sey ebi 60gh, wey he pay. Chale one guy claim 60gh for working on a car for less than 20 minutes.

I start dey feel bad give myself… I go school for 4years, I get degree, I dey do national service, chale every morning I dey dress neat dey go job but I no dey get 10gh sef for working a whole month, cos the allawa no dey come.

There wey I see sey Chale school no be all I swear… if you get job wey ego give you money fast, chale make you no slack koraaa … Me I no know why I no go learn fitting job sef?

I envied the guy ein 60gh roff… like me I get that money, like I just go go sit for The Republic then drink some Terrible Mojito. I no get so I just go back home go continue my TV watching till I bed.

Chale i still dey wedge my allawa ooo…

Who’s Killing Art Industry?

By Isaac Osei and Michael Thompson

Nations that are regarded as power wielders are those that have strong economies

Nations that are regarded as power wielders are those that have strong economies

An economy is the foundation on which nations are described, labeled or categorized. Nations that are regarded as power wielders are those that have strong economies. Their categorization as global powers in terms of trade, education, creative arts, technology and politics are not based on race or geography, but because of their dedication to building strong economic empires which include all industries that contribute to the development agenda.

Ghana with all the rich natural resources and intellectual properties cannot be weighed on the same development scale with these advance countries due to the neglect of some development sectors of which the creative arts industry is a part.

Annual budgetary allocations to the arts industry, if done at all, are rather insignificant and not capable of stimulating growth dynamics that would propel the industry into a self-sustaining sector.
Instructively, the 2012 budget statement for the first time, allocated GHC2 million to the Musicians Association of Ghana (MUSIGA).

Comparatively, for most of the advanced countries, the arts industry is a very important tool for development.

Europe is one continent that is very well concerned with culture and arts; this has therefore allowed governments and other cultural departments across Europe to draw well laid down policies for the industry and how they finance them.

In the UK, the creative industries were valued at £57 billion in 2006, which is a £25.8 billion increase from 1997 as stated by KEA European Affair in 2006.

Across many states in Europe, the arts and creative industry contributes between 0.2 percent and 3.0 percent to national GDP.

The global trade in creative goods and services remained very hearty, even during the financial and economic breakdown, the worth of global export of creative goods and services reached nearly US$600 billion between 2002 and 2008.

Though, in Ghana, some cultural and arts policies have been engraved to keep the creative arts industry on its feet, less is seen on how these policies are being implemented.

The cry for support

On normal days, many young men and women who are into different areas in the creative arts industry, especially those into such crafts as wood carvings, beads and paintings, are seen roaming the various beaches in Accra. They take their products to these beaches with the hope of getting expatriates to purchase them.

Nii Teiko is a young local who roams the La and Tawala beaches in search of expatriate buyers for his products. He is an artist whose paintings are influenced by his cultural background.

Nii says his paintings tell local African stories and they are easy to be understood and appreciated by

 His paintings tell local African stories and they are easy to be understood and appreciated

His paintings tell local African stories and they are easy to be understood and appreciated

anybody who loves art.

He says life is very difficult as most young Ghanaian artists who have “no support from rich relatives.”
“We don’t get anything from what we do,” he says. “There are many young people like me who are also creative and can paint well, but they say they are going to look for better jobs to do.”

Looking tired and desperate to get clients to buy his painting at Tawala, Nii Teiko says; “We are not telling people or government to give us all their monies; we just want them to support us small”

Where the support goes

In the 2012 budget, the then President Professor J.E.A Mills said “An amount of GH¢2.0 million has been allocated to support the creative arts industry in 2012.”

Though it was seen as a small amount as compared to monies allocated to other economic sectors, individuals in the industry appreciated it and only hoped it was paving way for more money to be pumped into creative arts.

Indications are that all the GH¢2.0 million was given to the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGHA) to the neglect of the theatre arts, film industry, painting and sculpture.

Eyebrows have been raised about how MUSIGHA used the money. This is because some areas in the creative industry didn’t get their share of the money and MUSIGHA has failed to account for it.

On the other hand, one cannot blame the Musicians Association for not disbursing the budget allocation to other areas of the industry because it was instructively stated in the 2012 budget that the money was going to MUSIGHA, therefore making it clear that MUSIGHA is the face of the arts industry in Ghana.
This leaves people to wonder which industry the government places theatre arts, film industry, and the painting and sculpture industry?

Many young Ghanaians who are into the creative arts industry are considering quitting their jobs in the creative art industry to find “better jobs.”

Finding Better Jobs

One of the many Ghanaian youth who wants to find a “better job” is 25 years old Ama Asantewaa, a fashion designer. Ama lives with her mum and four siblings at Teshie Nungua, a suburb of Tema.
She makes handmade dresses for both men and women.

Asantewaa agrees with Nii that their part of creative arts has been neglected by the government and people who should be concerned about it.

Ama says on the usual, her products are sold for GHC 35 cedis per dress but because she wants to get her

Job creation is one major problem in Ghana.

Job creation is one major problem in Ghana.

products sold quickly, she reduce the prices to as low as 20 or 18 cedis.

Job creation is one major problem in Ghana. Even with all the potential job avenues in the creative industry many youth walk the streets of Accra without jobs.

Governments can rely on this industry to reduce the high level of youth unemployment if adequate attention is given it.

ACCRA [dot] ALT Presents IND!E FUSE 2012

ImageAccra’s coolest music event of the year, IND!E FUSE, is back for a third edition. Music
lovers who want a taste of imaginative, super fresh live music should come out and jam
at IND!E FUSE 2012 on December 15th.The show features the trendsetters of the Accra
indie music scene and a growing network of young Ghanaian artists that are causing
international waves in music.
IND!E FUSE is the premiere showcase for the freshest artists on the Accra music scene.
Last year’s show was a sellout success and this year will be even sweeter. On December
14th and 15th, come and witness Ghanaian and international artists create live sonic
rainbows of edgy AfroBeat, electronic soul, drumbassfunk, R&B and rare West African
folk grooves.
Our 2012 IND!E FUSE Lineup for the two nights include:
On Friday 14 December 2012, The INDIE FUSE preconcert dj mashup will come off at
The Republic Bar and Grill with Kwaku Ananse, SanSe and Jason Kleatsh beginning at
9pm. Catch live performances by Ghana’s leading indie artists – Rumor, Kay-Ara, Oga
Chuxx, Steloo and Yaw P.
On Saturday 15 December 2012, an eclectic set of musicians from Ghana and abroad
will mount the stage at Alliance Française from 7:30 – 11pm. IND!E FUSE 2012 is
headlined by FOKN BOIS (UK/Ghana), Tawiah (UK) and Yaa Pono.
Fans can also jam to performances by Jojo Abot (NYC/Ghana), Lady Jay, FaintMedal,
Paapa (Skillions Records), Lyrical Wanzam and Zantou Lansre (Niger). The show is
hosted by the Sankwas Bois and will feature a live DUSTLVYE (YFM) DJ Booth with the
sounds of our resident Funky Professor, Mr. Kobby Graham.
Admission is only 10 GHC.
IND!E FUSE 2012 is brought to you by ACCRA [dot] ALT in partnership with Institut
Français, Alliance Française, The Republic Bar + Grill, REDD Kat Pictures, DUST
Magazine, Fullish Art, Pidgen Music, Goba Hub, Smoothy’s Café and Global
Outdoor Systems.

For more information, contact:
Mantse Aryeequaye | Sionne Neely, Ph.D. | Co-Directors
ACCRA [dot] ALT
http://accradotalttours.wordpress.com
accra.alt@gmail.com
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