Popular Actress Gets Ministerial Appointment!

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.