Ghana Actors Guild President To Step Down
Nicknamed by some movie industry stakeholders as the 'Mugabe of the
Actor's Guild' for his seemingly long stay in office, President of
Ghana Actors Guild (GAG), Mr Samuel Nii Odoi Mensah, has finally
disclosed that he's had enough and will step down during the next
Speaking to Razz Newspaper, Mr Mensah stated that he's not going to
contest for the Guild's Presidency in the upcoming elections; rather,
his aim is to monitor and make sure the Guild has a very successful
Over the period, Mr Samuel Nii Odoi Mensah, who has always blamed the
inability of the Guild to organise elections to lack of funds, also
stated that; at the end of this year, the Guild will have new
executives including a new President.
He lamented that many people in the industry have always wanted him
out so he sees no need for him to even think of standing for any
position and considering the fact that; he has exhausted two terms in
office. Actually, Mr Odoi-Mensah has stayed in office for 10 years
instead of the constitutionally mandated 8 years.
Mr Odoi-Mensah, who has no suitable successor in mind for the Guild,
said: "I have done what I can. I can't do it all, so it will be better
for the Guild members to identify who's the best candidate to continue
with where I got to. The members know what they need so based on those
needs, they can choose a suitable person who will work on their needs
and I have no problem with that."
He continued: "I will never think of using my means to campaign or
endorse any candidate. All I will do is to ensure we have peaceful
When asked about the timeline for the elections, he said that, the old
executives are still preparing their report whilst a new committee
will be formed to monitor and set a date for the general elections.
"Hopefully, the election will come off before December," Mr Odoi-Mensah assured.
Talking about some of the challenging times during his tenure of
office, he said the media has not been friendly with his
administration right from day one till date but it got to a point he
realised that no matter what one does, a section of the media will
criticise, so he realised that, such actions by the media is part of
the game and he takes it in his stride.
"even in your family, sometimes, some of your family members try to
find fault in certain things you do, so if your family can criticize
you, you need to be ready to take any criticism that comes to you as a
leader anytime and move forward," he said.
Source: Razz Newspaper