Renowned Ghanaian music producer, Edward Nana Poku Osei, popularly known as Hammer of The Last Two has detailed reason why members of the Ghanaian entertainment industry do not receive assistance from the government and corporate bodies.
Speaking with Kwame Dadzie on Joy FM’s Showbiz A-Z, Hammer who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Last Two Music Group opined that quite a number of people in the creative sector do not portray that they need help.
His comment comes after pleas from some creatives for the government to give creative entrepreneurs tax incentives so more investors will be interested in injecting money into the system.
According to him, these celebrities live extravagant lifestyles unbecoming of people in need of any financial assistance, stressing that these celebrities who drive in luxurious cars have other sources of income apart from music.
“We are not displaying suffering to them. We are buying cars with different amounts of money. We are flexing. Most people in the creative [music] industry are not buying cars with the music money.
If you are doing Forex Trading at home and you buy an X Class, and you are pulling up in it and a tax man is looking at you, what are you talking about? We have to speak the truth to power. Let’s show them we are suffering. But we can’t go around shopping at expensive places, driving the biggest cars and expect them to feel for us,” he said.
Hammer, to a greater extent divulged that some celebrities are doing this just to show off, adding that it has its own implications.
“If you want to show that your works are promoting the tourism industry, show it. Prove that you are an up and coming artiste and you can’t afford these things,” he added.