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With no disrespect to Liberia's Cultural Ambassador Julie Andie, her role as a leading cultural figure in post-Liberia come with high expectation; but, unfortunately over the years, her inability to come up with the right strategies for shaping the current cultural policy direction in Liberia remained a dismal reality for the entire cultural industry. As an industry leader, Ambassador Andy's current responsibilities, duties and portfolios which support the overall cultural policy objectives of the government are somewhat unsustainable, peripherial, generic and gimmicky. Hence, like the seating government with no strategic policy for cultural entertainment and performing arts, it remain difficult to see how the Ambassador would rally grassroots support and engage this government to prioritize the cultural and entertainment industry in Liberia, if for instance, the government is re-elected.

Truly, with the many challenges faced by artists globally, this elections season is timely; so, the leaders of Liberia's cultural and entertainment industry must take a deeper look into the most pressing concerns of Liberian artists and or event organizers and ensure that political leaders commit substantial amount of their campaign platforms to the development of the arts and cultural industry. They must stimulate a critical mass to bring about social transformation. Indeed, the entire community of artist, artisans and art afficiondos accross the nation must confront thier local and national leaders and make them to bear witness of the frustration and injustices toward this margianilized group of Liberians. More to come!       

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