Save Money to Avoid Dying Poor – Afeku to Creative Artists
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Abelema Afeku has advised creative artists to make better plans for their future.
In an interview with Feeling Daddy of Empire FM in Takoradi at CK Mann’s funeral over the weekend, the minister said many creative artists have died poor because they had to rely on family and friend when they were in need.
Catherine also stated that in every profession there are challenges but it takes the individual to prepare for the unexpected.
“It is incumbent on the media to empower our people that when they are at the peak of their career, they save some of the money, join some of the pension schemes like the teachers and other people do so that in their golden years they will live off their talent. That should be the line of thinking because as a nation, everyone matters and everyone is important,” she intimated.
She also expressed disappointment at why people make a fuss about deaths of creative artists.
“Media/journalists die, teachers die, farmers die but why is that when a creative person dies the whole media goes uproar and expects somebody to take the blame? Our Uncle Kofi has lived, he’s of age and he’s died of old age. It shouldn’t be a time of controversy but I also want you as a media person to understand and appreciate that the state is responsible for all its citizenry and not just those of us in arts,” she said.
She further called on the media to educate practitioners to save than rely on governments for support in their golden age.