Award-winning actor Adjetey Anang, popularly known as Pusha, has recently shed light on the pressing issue of financial hardships faced by actors in Ghana’s theatre industry. Speaking on TV3 New Day, Anang revealed that the lowest amount he had ever been paid for a stage performance was nothing – zero cash.
Anang’s disclosure highlighted the grim reality that many theatre practitioners face in Ghana. Despite attending multiple rehearsals and delivering performances on stage, he received no payment for his role in a theatre production. The actor explained that he and his colleagues had hoped to be compensated when the box office revenues spoke, but unfortunately, the only form of payment they received was transportation expenses.
This revelation exposes the challenges and financial struggles that persist within Ghana’s theatre industry. While the arts hold a significant place in the country’s cultural landscape, successive governments have failed to provide the necessary support and infrastructure to create a sustainable and rewarding environment for theatre practitioners.
Government oversight bodies such as the Ministry of Creative Arts and Creative Arts Council have not effectively fostered partnerships, sought funding opportunities, or implemented policies that value the artistic labor involved in theatre productions. This lack of support undermines the potential growth and development of Ghana’s theatre industry.
The International Labour Commission recognizes the theatre industry as a vital stakeholder in the entertainment landscape, showcasing the talent and creativity of actors, playwrights, directors, and other professionals. However, the financial struggles faced by individuals like Anang emphasize the urgent need for greater investment and support from both the public and private sectors.
Adjetey Anang’s revelation serves as a wake-up call for all those concerned about the future of Ghana’s theatre industry. It highlights the importance of addressing the financial disparities and advocating for fair remuneration for the creative work performed by artists. Discussions surrounding the state of Ghana’s theatre industry should lead to positive change and pave the way for a more vibrant and sustainable future for theatre in the country.
The time has come for all stakeholders, including government bodies, arts organizations, and the general public, to recognize and value the significant contributions of theatre practitioners in Ghana. By providing the necessary support, funding, and infrastructure, Ghana can create a thriving theatre industry that rewards and uplifts its talented artists, fostering a cultural legacy that will be cherished for generations to come.