On Wednesday 21st July 2021, Pan African Art Ambassador – Dr. Prince Kojo Hilton paid a courtesy call on the newly appointed Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Mark Okraku Mantey to congratulate him on his appointment.
During his short visit, he told the Deputy Minister about how aggressively he is campaigning for the fixing of the National Museum and other matters relating to the creative Arts industry.
In response, Hon. Mark Okraku Mantey explained his deep love for museums and how he wants Ghanaian museums to be restructured and well equipped to attain international standards and recognition using technology. He then confirms his recent visit to the National Museum, together with the Minister, Hon. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal to inspect the state of the space.
Finally, it was agreed that funds will be allocated for the renovation of the Museum structure which has been closed down for the past seven years due to roof leakages. This signifies a great step in commencing work on the abandoned structure.
The Deputy Minister’s submission aided Dr. Prince Kojo Hilton to vividly explain his focus and mission for the #FixTheMuseum campaign he started for quite a time past saying; “Honorable, my plea is rather having the uncompleted Museum building, which has been abandoned since 1957 completed.”
He further explains that “Per my research, the facility is much more spacious and includes seven major exhibition halls which can be made available for Artists to exhibit their creative artworks from time to time with the perception of boosting their industry. A part of it can be used for a library facility for their researches and also, a conference center be captured in the original floor plan of the National Museum building.” he concluded by saying that, “It is a valuable asset to this Nation and I feel it should be considered by the Government”.
Hon. Mark Okraku Mantey was pleased with the points raised by Dr. Prince as he made brilliant aesthetic ideas known in addition, with a smile. He then assured the Pan African Arts Amb. Dr. Prince Kojo Hilton, that all is put into consideration and will be worked on.
Discussions proceeded with an invitation of the Deputy Minister to this year’s – The Arts Legendary Wall of Fame Honors (ALWFH), which marks the 3rd edition.
Art With Impact Foundation (A.W.I.F.) on the other hand, will keep up igniting the awareness of the importance of museums and their enormous benefits to the people of Ghana and beyond.