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Public Lecture: "Breaking the Silence: An African Perspective on #MeToo"

Date:                     Thursday, October 11, 2018
Time:                     5:30 PM
To:                        7:30 AM
Venue:                   Webster University Ghana Campus
Address:                 Off Lagos Avenue, behind Media Pharmacy, East Legon, Accra
Organiser:              Webster University Ghana Campus
Contact number:     0540 120 869 - 0540 120 849
Email:                    ghana@webster.edu
Website:                 http://excellence.webster.edu.gh/event1.php

Public Lecture

"The Role of the Creative Arts in Africa’s development: The Case of Theatre, Film, and Photography"

David Dontoh, Veteran actor and television personality (The role of film)
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, Veteran musician, songwriter, producer, and composer (The role of music)
Reginald Jackson (Ph.D.), Visiting faculty, Webster Ghana.  (The role of art/photography)


Creative expression has always been a hallmark of the African continent. Africa’s rhythms and sounds have influenced the development of music genres across the world such as pop and jazz. Beyond music, Africa’s creativity has also influenced the world of modern art in the areas of painting, dance, theatre among others. 

The fact remains that despite the enormous talent and economic potential of Africa’s creative arts, there has been very little economic benefit to the continent as compared to other countries. Comparatively, India's Bollywood film industry contributed some $2.3bn to India's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016 and helped India secure its place among the BRIC countries.

Many are of the opinion that it is time African countries increasingly begin to focus on cultural and creative industries as potential contributors to economic growth and job creation rather than on just its intrinsic value as a tool for entertainment.

There is little doubt that fostering Africa's creative industries would be a tremendous force for economic development on the continent

This holds a lot of promise for Africa since a flourishing creative sector could be instrumental in addressing regional unemployment and fostering economic development. Furthermore, Africa's creative arts industry could further boost demand for travel to the continent thus increasing revenue from tourism.

This public lecture will explore how Africa can bring the creative sector to life and how to position itself as a global center for creative arts, and boost local economies.

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