Entertainment of Thursday, 16 March 2017
The Central region has produced some of the greatest creative arts personalities in Ghana, veteran actor David Dontoh has posited.
According to him, the region boasts most of the country’s pioneers in several spheres of Ghana’s creative arts sector.
He made the declaration while touting some achievements of the Central region in an interview on the Cosmopolitan Mix on Joy FM with Doreen Andoh Wednesday.
The actor explained that Ghana’s creative arts, including theatre, music and movies, take their roots from the region.
“A lot of our arts, as a country, actually emanated from Cape Coast or Central region for that matter because in our relationship with the British, the Whites for that matter, we learnt a lot of things and grafted it into our own traditional art forms,” he explained.
David Dontoh, who hails from the region, noted further that, “We had music, we had story telling traditions… wonderful storytelling traditions, arts and craft and so many other things…
“That’s what prompted people like Kobina Sakyi, Efua Sutherland and many other people who, actually, pioneered theatre, concert party, music, dance, storytelling and all these things from that area and it grew up in the schools and eventually spread over all the country.”
The Heritage Africa star boasted that, “some of the greatest musicians Ghana has produced are from Central region, some of the actors, writers are from the Central region.”
He cited names like Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo, Prof. Efua Sutherland, Kobina Sakyi, Casely Hayford as some of the pioneers of Ghana’s creative arts industry.
For him, the creative arts gained roots in the Central region because “Fante as a language flourishes so it is easy to express yourself in several ways.”