For the first time in the history of Politics and Creative Arts sector in Ghana, a popular actress both on stage and on screen, Madam Dzifa Gomashie has been appointed by the President John Mahama for position of deputy Minister.
Madam Dzifa who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Mama Dzifa’s Kitchen, a food joint in Madina, Accra, was on the evening of Tuesday March 26, 2013, named part of the new list of 26 deputy ministerial appointees. She has been appointed as a Deputy Minister designate at the newly created Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts.
She is heading to the ministry as the second most important person after Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, who replaced Rashid Pelpuo some few weeks ago. This makes it two ladies for that particular ministry.
Gomashie, who was recently made a queen mother – Mamma Dzramedo I, in charge of Protocol for the Aflao Traditional Area, has been an active industry player, with an incredible wealth of experience that should prove beneficial to the sector.
Her going to the ministry puts to rest the debate over whether a ‘known’ industry person should be made the deputy or not. Dzifa Gomashie is a down-to-earth and affable person, she holds an Mphil, BFA, Theatre Arts, Gender Studies, from the University of Ghana, Legon.
She was the producer of the popular story-telling-themed television series ‘By the Fireside, which enjoyed relative success in the 90s, and was hosted by Grace Omaboe, also known as ‘Maame Dorkonoo.
She’s held very important portfolios in the past; she was President of the Association of Students of Performing Arts, as well as a Board Member of the Ghana Blind Union Student Senator-Post Graduate, University of Ghana.
She operates a non-governmental organization "Values for Life", which was set up to bridge the gap between formal school education and home training. "Values for Life" has a library that is accessible to underprivileged women and children, and also uses theatre to educate and create a platform for members to unearth their talents.
She’s participated in a lot of conferences including the CIAO-Burkina Faso Cultural Festival, 2006, the Presidential Round Table Conference in South Africa, 2006, Emancipation Week celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago-2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, Wemilere Festival in Cuba, 2008 and the Cultural Festival in Dominican Republic.
Her Achievements And Family....
She has received many honours in her line of work as an actress, entrepreneur and mentor, but notable among them are the Best Actress for the Production “Action Plan” from the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) and from the GHALLYWOOD Film Awards, she was adjudged a Pioneer Actress for her invaluable contribution towards the development of the film industry over the years.
Madam Dzifa, a known good communicator, has also been part of several nationwide education and campaign. Notable among them was the introduction of the new Ghana Cedi currency in 2007 when she played a major role a Television commercial with explained the features and how to maintain the new currency in different Ghanaian languages with the late Efo Kwodjo Mawugbe.
Born to a soldier father, she is also presently married to a soldier, Brig. Gen. Martin Ahiaglo (General Officer Commanding, GOC, of the Southern Command of the Ghana Armed Forces) and they have a son who is also training at the Military School.
For her young fans, she has a well packaged advice for them: “Don’t just live for the moment because you will grow up and when you look back, will you be proud of where you came from or would you feel like throwing yourself into the sea? Stand for something always else you will definitely fall for anything,” she concluded.
Anytime she was handed a role to play in a movie, she regarded it as another priceless moment for her to make a headway in her young career because to her she must have been doing something special or even better than others to be earning the various roles she was called up to play all the time.
Being a veteran actress and vivacious screen diva, Mrs. Dzifa Abla Gomashie-Ahiaglo knows what it feels like to be acknowledged for your hard work and consequently given the opportunity to exhibit your capabilities.
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