GHANA: Josuah Arthur – Center for National Art and Culture

Moloch over slum over Ghetto. So you really do not know what starts where and stops again. Right in the middle are luxury constructions, chic office buildings and malls. Those are similar to pics in many other countries and bigger cities. Everything mixes together and a lot of arm lives right in front of and behind the feet of the little empire ones. It is not so easy in this mess of dirt and garbage and people and innumerable small stalls to see through what is now where to find and the somewhat hidden places.

I spent the last few days in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, walking past the 28th February Road many times, but I would never have gone sideways down one of the lanes to look more closely if I had not found Joshua Arthur. It was a strange coincidence, but I do not really believe in absolute coincidences anymore. Sometimes you just pop together and that may be the end of it. However, what matters is what you make of it.

Joshua is a painter and owns his own art shop in the middle of the Center for National Art and Culture, which is just behind this alley and I probably would not have seen it otherwise. The guy is just great and we thought the same, let’s make a little movie about it. I spent a day in the community with a variety of artists from the different fields who, for one thing, have their shops here to sell the goods they need to live on and provide for their families. On the other hand, innumerable projects are also conducted in order to bring especially children off the streets and to give them new life perspectives through music, painting, dance and manual labor.

The 31-year-old artist Josuah is the father of three children and gets on with the others just as well as he can. There is no support from the government. Everyone simply smiled at this question, but in many countries it’s the same way. Stop nothing, get nothing. The people in the poor district have much more money to pay to the state that they do not close the shops and withdraw sales permission. Not to mention promotion in the field of art, possibilities for exhibitions or inquiries from museums. Organizations such as the Goethe Institut or foreign language schools are the only ones who take on the whole now and then. The works are good and you will find all sorts of things, besides, the charity work on their own company is absolutely remarkable, which these people do here.

Watch the video, Joshua leads into the neighborhood and shows some stores. In addition, we have conducted an interview in which you can also listen. If you are interested in supporting or contacting the Arts Center, you can email them: /, send mail (PO Box AC 105 Art Center Accra, Ghana) or just call them + 233 54 69 89 149.


Centre for National Culture

Adress:   John Evans Atta Mills High St, Accra, Ghana

Phone:   +233 27 739 2312


Post Box: PO Box AC 105 Art Center Accra, Ghana


Artist: Josuah Arthur

Email :

Phone:  + 233 54 69 89 149


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