Programs Director at Hitz FM, Mark Okraku Mantey says he was offered the chance to be the deputy minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.
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According to Okraku, who owns music record label Slip entertainment, his refusal to accept the position led to a member of the party’s hierarchy calling him to ask why.
Catherine Afeku was announced as the minister designate for Tourism and Creative Arts by President Akufo-Addo, while Kwadwo Antwi was named as deputy.
However, the music producer insists he was in pole position for the deputy ministerial role until he eventually opted out.
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He added that accepting the position would not have had any bearings on his political ambitions, saying his abilities are not limited to creative arts.
“My political ambitions would not be destroyed by the creative arts…. anytime someone from our space takes up a position; the agenda is to bring him down and I don’t want people to think that all I can do is creative arts,” Okraku said in an interview with Mamavi Owusu-Aboagye on the Rhythmz A-Z show on Joy FM.
“Don’t box me into creative arts when I can do other things.”