Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal
Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal Hon. Minister
Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal is Ghana’s Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture. Before his appointment, he was the Minister for Business Development. He was adjudged the Most Business Oriented Minister of Africa, Designing Economic Development through Innovative Solutions. He was also named the Best Performing Minister and the Most Outstanding Minister in Ghana for 2018 and 2019 respectively. Dr. Awal was Ghana’s Marketing Man of the year, ‘2009’. Among other laurels, he has been accredited with developing an entrepreneurship policy for Ghana. During his tenure as Business Development Minister, Dr. Awal served as a Special Envoy of the President to a number of countries such as Hungary, Morocco, Italy, Central African Republic, Kenya, and Guinea Bissau on African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He also led business delegations to a number of countries including the United States of America, India, Turkey, Germany, France, Saudi Arabia, Croatia, United Kingdom, Qatar and Portugal. Dr. Awal is the former Managing Director of Graphic Communications Group Limited, Ghana’s biggest media organization. He was also the Managing Director of Chase Petroleum. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Awal is the founder and owner of a number of companies such as Marble Communications Group Limited, publishers of The Finder Group of Newspapers, HMW printers, Marble Consultants and Marble Developers. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration with specialty in succession planning and business competitiveness from the Swiss Business School and three master’s degrees in various disciplines from different universities. He has Masters in Applied Business Research - Swiss Business School, Switzerland, Executive Masters in Business Administration (University of Ghana Business School, Legon) and Masters in International Journalism (University of Wales, UK). Dr. Awal has also done courses in Business Strategy at Harvard Business School, USA and oil production and management at Oxford, UK. As a graduate of three reputable Business Schools; University of Ghana Business School, Harvard Business School and Swiss Business School, Dr. Awal is committed to improving the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Ghana. He has worked as a consultant for a number of organizations where he offered consultancy services in the areas of business strategy, management, marketing and communications. Dr. Awal has also consulted for Diplomatic Missions, Development partners as well as state institutions.
Mark Okraku-Mantey
Mark Okraku-ManteyHon. Deputy Minister
Mr. Mark Okraku-Mantey is the Deputy Minister for Tourism Arts and Culture, (MOTAC). Before his appointment as the Deputy Minister, he was the acting Creative Arts Council President where he engaged creative practitioners across the country vis a vis soliciting their inputs to facilitate the passage of the Creative Industries Bill and organising monthly Masterclasses to equip industry players on their various disciplines. He was the liaison between government and the creative industry for strategic decision making purposes. Mr. Okraku-Mantey from February 2014 – March 2021 was engaged by the Multimedia group as Programs Director where he was visibly noted for his creative skills in the Development and promotion of Programs. His specialty in ensuring good content and classic entertainment in TV production led him to always confer with Chief Operations Officer and production staff to discuss issues centred on production and casting glitches, budgets, policies, and entertainment content. Known for his accuracy and conformance to the rules and regulations governing the multimedia space, he was always involved in resolving programme log inaccuracies. This he did alongside many other schedules connected to production, content generation using best practices as his bench mark. He was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)of Slip Entertainment now Slip Mark Entertainment which has been in existent since 2006 till date. At Slip Mark Entertainment, Honourable Okraku-Mantey went into Music production, producing hit Ghanaian artist such as George Jahrah in 2006 and Nana Tuffour around 2002. In 2001, he produced Oheneba Kissi, Daasebre Gyamena in 1999 and Lord Kenya in 1998. Mr. Okraku-Mantey also was into Film and Drama Executive Productions with Efiewura TV Series as one of his successful productions in 2001. His multi-talented nature drove him into Events and Programmes, notable among such events are the MTN Music Festival in 2018, Club Live which came up between 2015 – 2018, while Hi-Life Festival was seen around 2011 – 2012 and the most watched TV3 Mentorship programme in 2006 – 2012. Aside his noticeable role in the entertainment space here in Ghana, Mr. Okraku- Mantey took up the responsibility to ensure an enabling environment through direct and indirect support for the arts and education artistes, creative practitioners and organisations. He led in the Coordination and facilitation activities of artistes and creative practitioners, organisations, government and cultural agencies nationally and internationally. Mr. Okraku-Mantey has been at the forefront in ensuring the growth of the creative industry nationally and internationally through partnership and industry development assistance that facilitated pathways to commercialisation and innovation. He also worked to ensure the removal of barriers to market access by practitioners in the creative industry. He was instrumental in the effective organisation and management of the creative industry. The Deputy Minister is on the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) Board, the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) and that of Copyrights Society of Ghana (COSGA). He had his basic education at the Datus Preparatory School (Bubuashie) from 1980-1986, then proceeded to St Augustine’s College in Cape Coast where he had his ordinary and advanced levels in education in 1986-1991 and 1991-1993 respectively. His Tertiary education earned him a bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the Central University College and later acquired his Executive Masters in leadership & Governance from the same university. Mark Okraku-Mantey was born on 25th January 1974, in a town called NSAWAM, but hails from Akropong Akuapem in the Eastern Region. He speaks English, Akuapem twi and Fante. His role though innumerable, can be counted as being one among other varied reasons contributing to the survival of the creative arts industry over the years and still very committed to see and ensure the growth of the sector.
John Yao Agbeko
John Yao Agbeko Chief Director
Mr. John Yaw Agbeko is the Chief Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC). He worked as the Acting Chief Director of the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture from 2nd April, 2020 to 9th March, 2021, as the bureaucratic Head of the Ministry and the Chief Advisor to the Political Head. His leadership position mandates him to offer guidance for the determination of policy objectives within the sector and their subsequent implementation, providing expertise to ensure the judicious utilization of all the resources of the sector alongside coordinating work programs, rules, guidelines, and procedures to help facilitate the achievement of set targets of the Ministry. Key among his functions as the Chief Director include safeguarding an effective organization and development of training programs consistent with the policies and programs of the Sector, establish systems for effective inter-ministerial collaboration and co-operation to avoid duplication and to achieve harmonization of programs, develop systems of effective work-flow and feedback on the activities within the Sector and also provide channels for effective information flow within the sector. Before he rose to the Chief Director position, Mr. Agbeko was the Director, RTDD, Office of the Head of Civil Service from 23rd August, 2018 to 1st April 2020 where he Initiated the formulation, review, and implementation of Human Resource related policies, guidelines, standards and programs for the Service. Aside his role in Monitoring and coordination of HRM activities of MDAs in the area of Recruitment, to ensure commitment to fairness and uniformity in the application of rules, he also facilitated strategic service-wide training programs for the Civil Service with oversight responsibility in the management of the Civil Service Training Institutions. From 7th January, 2013 to 25th June 2018, Mr. Agbeko worked at Births and Deaths as the Acting Registrar and Head of Department where he provided expertise on the day-to-day management of the Department for effective and efficient planning and implementation of policies and strategies. He also provided technical guidance and interpretation of rules and regulations to enhance service delivery, monitored and coordinated the proper financial administration of the Registry among other important financial management functions to ensure judicious use of resources. At the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, (MOFA) Mr. Agbeko functioned as the Director of Administration from 2nd January, 2012 to 4th January, 2013, coordinating activities between the Ministry and its Departments, supervise preparation and implementation of the Ministry’s Budget, followed-up on matters raised by the Auditor General in the form of audit queries, organize weekly meetings of National Directors and also Supervised the organization of all National Events by the Ministry. As Deputy Director of the Registrar General’s Department from 1st January, 2007 to 31st December 2011, Mr. John Yaw Agbeko managed the general day to day activity of the Department, coordinated the Implementation of the Registrar General’s Department’s reform Program, planned and directed the preparation and implementation of the Department’s Annual Budget Estimates. As a good planner, he planned, Monitored, and ensured adequate Human Resource development and deployment for efficient execution of the Department’s mandate to ensure its Non-Tax Revenue is properly Managed as laid down in the Financial Administration Act 2003 Act 654 and the Financial Administration Regulation 2004 (L.I. 1802) and plotted the execution of the Department’s Procurement program as prescribed by the Procurement Act 2003 Act 663. At the Scholarship Secretariat where he worked as Assistant Director 1 from 1st January 2002 to September 2003 carrying out similar functions including the Coordination, preparation and implementation of the Secretariat’s Budget, ensure the day to day running of the office, safeguard efficient maintenance of the office building and running of the transport unit were some of his key job functions. At the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts as an Assistant Director 2A and 2B respectively from 1st August 1998 to 31st December, 2001. Mr. Agbeko was the Headmaster of F’eden Mission Preparatory School/JSS in October 1992 to August,1994 and rose to an Assistant Examiner of the West African Examination Council from June 1994 to September 2003 with a specialty in French and later became a Teaching Assistant at the University of Ghana Lagon later was attached to the Ghana Military Academy as French Instructor from November 1991 to July 1992. EDUCATIONAL HISTORY He started his basic and secondary school education at Hohoe E. P basic and Secondary School, after which he proceeded to do his General Certificate Examination Ordinary Level Certificate in June 1983 and continued immediately with his GCE Advanced Level Certificate in June 1985 at Bishop Herman Secondary School at Kpando in the Volta Region. From 1987-1991 he graduated with a B. A. (Hons.) in French and Linguistics at the University of Ghana Legon and continued to Ouagadougou Burkina Faso in 1990 where he pursued a One-year proficiency course in French Language. He later veered into public administration pursuing a post-graduate Certificate and Diploma in Public Administration in October 1998 to July 2000 where he read courses ranging from System, Organizational Behavior, Public Finance, Public Policy Making, Ethics in Administration, Policy Analysis and Public Enterprise Management & Privatization at the Ghana Institute of Public Administration Accra, Ghana. In his quest to enhance knowledge, he got his MBA in Advanced Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing Management, Human Resource Management, Strategic Management, Managerial Economics, Financial Management, Project Management, E-commerce, Internet Marketing, Business Communication, Organizational Behavior and more in June 2006 at the Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China. Mr. Agbeko has also participated in numerous international conferences starting from 24th to 29th March 2019, in Sheffield University Management School in the UK to participate in the partnership building for Strengthening Accountability in the Civil Service and was also an active participant at the Chartered Institute of Administrators and Management Consultants conference held in Accra on 23rd July 2019 for management practitioners and other management and leadership training programs both locally and internationally. Mr. John Yao Agbeko is a Ghanaian multilingual family man whose roots could be traced from Hohoe in the Volta Region.
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MRS. JOSEPHINE OHENE OSEIDirector Arts & Culture
MR. VITUS OTTO LANGMAGNE Director Human Resource Management Department
MR. GEOFFREY TAMAKLOEAG. Director Policy, Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation
MRS HARRIET NANA. O. AIDOOChief Treasury Officer
MRS MABEL CUDJOEDirector Research, Statistics and Info. Management
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Ministry Overview

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture was renamed in 2017 through Executive Instrument E.I28 Civil Service (Ministries) Instrument, 2017 by His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo to replace the then Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts. The Ministry’s policy directive is to provide a firm, stable policy environment for effective mainstreaming of Ghanaian arts and culture into all aspects of national life. This it is believed will help in ensuring the emergence of a strong, vibrant and creative environment that would help improve and advance the Tourism, Arts and Culture industry in Ghana.

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