Founder and director of Savannah Centre for Contemporary Arts in Tamale (SCCA-Tamale), Mr. Ibrahim Mahama does not see the success story of his arts center starting in less than two decades from now.
In an interview on NTV this morning, Mr. Ibrahim Mahama said that the art industry is a radical one and as such makes it very difficult for others to buy into and give the needed attention and support.
“People usually don’t take me serious because they hardly understand what I’m doing, the industry is a radical one and it will take time before people get to appreciate what I’m doing” he said
Mr. Mahama also disclosed the number of times he has written to the government of Ghana for support but has not been considered, however he has hopes that in about 20 years, the current generation of students who’re enrolled into some of the programs he offers in his organization will grow up to understand and render the needed support for the institution.
“On several occasions, I have personally written to the government and some NGOs for support in funding the project but they all yield nothing, however, I’m hopefully that the children that are currently enrolled will grow up in about 20 or 30 years to appreciate and give the needed support and that’s when my success story will start” he added
Savannah Centre for Contemporary Arts is located in Tamale, Ghana and it is an artist run project space, exhibition and research hub, cultural repository and artists’ residency, however according to Mr. Ibrahim Mahama, they’re plans to establish another branch in Accra and other parts of the country very soon.