Mark Okraku-Mantey, Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, says the ministry is working to persuade Tyler Perry Studios to build a film studio in Ghana.
The possibility of this happening, according to the Minister, arose after the CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Yofi Grant, and some Ghanaians visited the Tyler Perry Studios in the United States.
Mr. Okraku-Mantey made this known as a pundit on Showbiz A to Z on Saturday, June 4.
According to him, the GIPC’s visit was part of the organization’s efforts to promote Ghana.
He stated that officials from the Ministry of Tourism were among those who toured the studio.
“We are pitching to the Tyler Perry team to consider Ghana if they have to build a studio outside the USA, that is the conversation now. The business development manager met the team and because of this conversation, she is coming to Ghana next month.”
He also revealed that Dr. Afua Asabea Asare, CEO of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, executives from the Ghana International Chamber of Commerce (GHICC), and members of the Ghana Council of Georgia were among those who visited and toured the studios.
Following the tour, the Deputy Minister revealed that the delegation met with Elon D. Johnson, Senior Creative Executive of Production and Development at Tyler Perry Studios.
Mr. Okraku-Mantey noted that the GIPC’s visit is not the first of its kind.
They have been organising roadshows to promote Ghana and show investors from all over the world the country’s investment opportunities.
“So, this time, they chose to sell the creative side to the world,” he indicated.
Tyler Perry Studios is an American film production company based in Atlanta, Georgia that was founded in 2006 by actor, filmmaker, and playwright Tyler Perry.