"Stop Accusing Arts-Politicians" – Hon Fritz Baffour

Honourable Fritz Baffour has cautioned people in showbiz to stop accusing him and others – arts politicians for not supporting the creative arts industry.

Some people in Ghana’s creative arts industry sometimes get the privilege of entering into politics for what we often term as public service. These art-politicians are often lambasted by players in the showbiz industry for not lobbying, advocating or supporting their first love – creative arts, when they get into political leadership. One person whose name always comes under such criticisms is Honorable Fritz Baffour.

To get the side of our arts turned politicians or art-politicians, Flex newspaper had an exclusive interview with Honorable Fritz Baffour. ‘Honorable I’m not recording you so please feel free and share; there will be no ‘Fritz-leaks.’ Honorable Baffour burst into laughter slap happily!

Flex newspaper asked Honorable Baffour if he has heard such criticisms against him and other art-politicians before. “Of course I have! I once remember listening to radio and hearing Kwabena Kwabena accusing me of not doing anything for the creative arts industry after entering into politics.”

What has honorable Fritz Baffour done for the creative industry ever since you got into active politics? Flex newspaper asked. “Well, for your information I’ve always been in active politics since my youthful days. Fact is, I’ve done a lot for the creative arts industry all my life because I am an artiste and will forever be.

“Most of the things I do are behind the scenes so maybe you don’t get to see. Some too I do through committees in parliament. I can’t just wake up in open parliament and start talking for the creative arts industry! There are mechanisms, committees and other avenues for pushing the agendas of the arts industry in parliament!”

What have you done for the creative art industry? Flex newspaper emphasized. “A lot! I am the chairman of the Museums and Monuments Board; I am a member of GAG – Ghana Actors Guild; I’ve supported the National Theatre in many ways; I supported the organization of the late Omar Hunter’s funeral; I’ve been lobbying the World Bank to give funds for the creative arts industry.

“I’ve been advising some artistes, for instance, I’ve given people like KSM, Funny Face and others advice on comedy; I write and coach young writers on how to write; I just finished shooting a movie without charging a dime; I once hosted the Fritz and Friends, a lot!”

Your final words, “I will advise those who criticize art-politicians to stop doing so. We go there (politics) to push the interest of the arts but they are behind the scene works.” Flex newspaper thanked honorable Fritz Baffour and wished him good luck in all his political endeavors.

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