Actress Bibi Bright is fending off criticisms that she was appointed to the Creative Arts Council as a reward for campaigning for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2016 elections.
The actress, now a secretary to the Creative Arts Council, says she campaigned for the party and its flagbearer, now president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo because she wanted change just like most Ghanaians.
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku on March 1 inaugurated the Creative Arts Council with music producer and Programmes Manager of Hitz FM, Mark Okraku Mantey as its head.
Also appointed to the Council were Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, daughter of President Akufo-Addo and actress Bibi Bright, who serves as its Secretary.
The three-member team will select the rest of the Council’s members and also set up the right framework for the council.
L-R: Mark Okraku Mantey, Catherine Afeku, Gyankroma Akufo-Addo and Bibi Bright
Bibi Bright, speaking in an interview with MzGee on Showbiz This Week on Hitz FM, said her ultimate goal for campaigning for the NPP was not to receive a reward.
“I think it’s more than what I actually thought because for me it was more about just campaigning because of the situation Ghana was in then and it wasn’t really about what I was expecting for myself but what I was hoping Ghana would take that decision to change government like we all campaigned for,” she explained.
The actress revealed that, “when everything started falling in place, I was like wow so this is what happens when you do something good not for yourself but for your own people so it felt good especially when Nana was named the winner of the election, I cried.”
“It was emotional just to know that this is something that we worked for, prayed for and God had blessed it. It was a life-changing experience,” she added.
Touching on her new appointment, Bibi Bright said that the challenges that have bedevilled Ghana’s creative arts sector were some of the reasons why he joined the campaign trail.
After the elections, they said, ‘you are saying your industry is dying, now we’ve given you the chance, come on board let’s make it work’, “I felt very good about it,” she opined.
The actress added that the council is laying a strong foundation for the growth of Ghana’s creative arts industry.
According to her, although they are yet to start work fully, the Council has put in place “some structures” to revamp the creative arts industry.