This week on the show we delve into the life of Abeiku Arhin Tsiwah, a Creative Expressionist, Content Critic and Poet where he unfolds happenings in the Ghanaian Creative & Arts Industry.
MBA: Welcome to #themeetbraamuahshow Sir.Kindly introduce yourself to our honourable readers.
Abeiku: Abeiku Arhin Tsiwah is just the everyday Ghanaian boy struggling to see whether there would be hope on this side of the earth for people like me who seems burnt under the sun. Thanks for having me on your show, Bra Amuah.
MBA: Great for a start. So kindly tell us what you do?
Abeiku: Abeiku is a Creative Expressionist, Content Critic, Poetry Editor for Lunaris Review (A journal of Arts & the Literary, Ibadan – Nigeria), Creative Director/& Founder at The Village Thinkers (a Creative Writing & Arts Society, Accra – Ghana); an International Award Winning Poet, So leveraging all these phases in a single body, Abeiku, thus, lives his life as a spasmodic Creative chap — turning half of his body with Arts //& the other with all the dilemmas that come with being Creative.
Abeiku: Yes, Bra Amuah. However, to put it in a more defined contest, I couch myself in the class of Creative Entrepreneurship. I think that everyone by nature is in the diagrammatic league of entrepreneurial sapiens — s/he creates her/his own line of consumables (depending on how it is objectified) from pure opaqueness to oriented transparency.
MBA: Abeiku my cherished readers would like to know about your childhood and family?
Abeiku: Thanks for this question. Growing up as a boy, I think I was fortunate (and I use the word fortunate to carefully express an artistic effect) to have started life from the Village — the typical Ghanaian village where storytelling was an artistic expression meant to muscle up the night. I’ve seen how lowly life can be and have witnessed at firsthand what it means to be called ‘the ordinary Ghanaian’. But in these narratives, my understanding of family here bothers primarily on extension — grandparents, uncles, nephews, nieces and nuclear surge — where it is possible to sip from old folktales and wine with modern transitions the cast of culture, tales and proverbial growth.
MBA: Anyone who listens to you for the first time would conclude you are a poet and a talented one for a matter fact. Abeiku tell us how that journey began. Was is it also passes on from your grandparents?
Abeiku: I must admit that active Poetry participation came to my life at a very late stage in my quest to cast the light of Creative exposé. I started basically as an Essayist of Pan-African thought; then later a certain Creative gem Fo Fovi (Chris Kpodo) ranked Ghanaian Writers making waves around 2012 or thereabout, where I happened to be listed in the top five-tier with just a single Poet, being a woman. I, thereof, drifted to explore the dynamics of Poetry when I realized how tenuous the subject looked. But I do say, by a large or small reflection, I have been privileged to oral Poetry (in the local Akan parlance, Awensɛm) since the golden old days as a child in that small village I grew up in.
For me — Poetry is the only meaningful life I have got. It is synonymous to breathe. It is the functional sexual therapy that greases my very existence. It is the concomitant mixture of all that I’m today &// or would be in the morrow to come. Without Poetry, I’m virtually not me.
MBA: It is the functional sexual therapy that greases my very existence. Eiii this guy. W’ano nsem. Anyway Abeiku, how has the entrepreneurship being. Do you make money from It.?
Abeiku: The entrepreneurial aspect of being Creative on this side of the globe isn’t that rosy. Personally, I decided not to charge for the work I do within a stipulated time period. Even with that, there have been quite a number of great rewards which monetary is part. As I always put it, or rightly state, Arts is a burden & Poetry is an altruistic sustenance of humane expression, thus, the Poet is at best fulfilled in their innermost self when humanity sweeps in the course of their works — monetary becomes a minor lubricant in the axle.
MBA: Kindly summarise your opinion of the creative and arts industry in our great Republic.
Abeiku: I’m quite opinionated and this question is one I would love to discuss in a more detailed context when given enough space to do so. But to summarize my opinion on this subject, here is how I will describe our regenerating industry. Well, the Creative and Arts industry in Ghana is one that can be described as a double welded edge — sharp & blunt sided. I do say this because, a chunk of talents or fields in our Creative cum Arts industry are rarely patronized, noticed, regarded, and developed — Poetry, Graffiti, Stand Up Comedies, Painting, Photography, Tattoos, Illustrations, Mixed Media, Craft, Sculpture, Operas, etc. Those areas form the greatest proportion in the Creative arena. The other end, like Music, Theatre and Film have not seen the best of governmental support in the form of policies, structures and funding to augment the vast talents in the industry. There is a serious problem with our industry and the sad tale is that the major players in it have not made the sector attractive enough for investments. There are less engagements and practically the discourses in the industry have assumed insignificant over the years. Apparently, the reality side of the industry now is how technologies in the form of social media and the digital arts spaces are being harnessed by indie artists and talents. With recent developments and exploitations by the young talents bursting unto the scenes makes the whole narrative of the Ghanaian Creative and Arts industry promising. I envision more progress in the forthcoming years and the processes have already been initiated by the buoyancy of the young talents we have in the industry today.
MBA: You have indeed “dissected, trisected and misected” your opinion. I would be glad if the Minister and appropriate authorities see this. Abeiku you are a student? Where and what do you study?
Abeiku: Smiles…Flattery….Bra Amuah. Well I’m no longer a student but still a student of life. I graduated this year from the University of Cape Coast where I studied BEd. Social Sciences (Geography & Economics).
MBA: The great University of Competitive Choice. Great. Abeiku, tell us how you combined academics with creative entrepreneurship?
Abeiku: Hush…This question (worrisome one). Let me do justice to this subject without any shrewd of hypocrisy and deliberate artificiality — I’m gonna be blunt and provocative!
To combine Arts [&] or any Creative pursuit in no other academic institution but University of Cape Coast is the worst form of trauma or nightmare one can neck his body into. Personally, I chose to pursue my career and entrepreneurial desire in the Creative Arts at the expense of the rigorous academic demands of the university. The university lacks in many front in terms of talent exposure and developments. If care is not taken, a Creative student will leaven the university after graduation empty and dead with their talents. I won’t advise any Creative soul to pursue a programme of study in UCC as long as they want to progress much more proactive with their creativity. Simply put, the University drains and kills talents! I will write more on this in my upcoming essay dubbed: ‘The University that kills Flowers’.
MBA: Very candid from the “village thinker”. Our gossip bird brought this up as one of your names can you confirm for us and why that name?
Abeiku: Yes. I’m the Village Thinker & that name grew out of my connection with the kind of childhood I had and the village I was privileged to have been chipped out of. I think that largely the name stems from an African ideological inclination. One that confronts the world of Creativity from the African idiosyncrasies and intelligentsia — the believe that the African can tell their own stories better from their own experiences at birth & culturally. Out of being The Village Thinker emerged the Creative hub — The Village Thinkers (a Creative Writing & Arts Society) where creative minded individuals who have strong affinities with their home soils can express themselves without limitations and explore more Creative modalities for themselves.
MBA: Were you also performing on campus?
Abeiku: I performed Poetry at almost all important programmes that were birthed in UCC. It was a journey I embarked on with so much passion and love. Though not many event organizers appreciated the toil one would have to go through to perform a piece of poetry material, but in the end; I was happy a new stream was added to the collectives.
MBA: You are not just good, you are the best creative entrepreneur I’ve met. How do we reach you when we need your services? Any social media?
Abeiku: That is humbling coming from you, Bra Amuah. Thanks anyways. I think that much of what we both do is for the advancement of humanity and for the inscription of posterity. Well, I’m more explosive on a small space on the following social media; Facebook: Abeiku Arhin Tsiwah and IG: _thecapecoastboy WhatsApp: +233(0)542495095
MBA: Abeiku the Village Thinker indeed. So are you saying you offer free services because of the advancement of humanity? Supposing you are performing at a state burial won’t you require money for your service?
Abeiku: If you could recap from the interview at the beginning, I said that I demarcated a certain part of my life (time period) to free performances and services; that chapter ended as I stepped out a few months towards life’s reality. But of course, a greater portion of what I do isn’t meant for monetary gains. I’ve other careers I’m pruning outside Creative Arts which is money inspired. That is how every Creative can survive this turmoil, life. I would like to state also that I wouldn’t just perform because I should, even if it’s a presidential request — or state burial. I’m not moved by those directives. The philosophical underpinnings of my Creative expression calls for the beauty of the artistry — an extension of essence — and how these elements combine to make the impact (which case humanity bears the emblem) I have earmarked for my Creative pursuit.
MBA: Some sense of principles and discipline from Abeiku. Let delve into your family. Do they support what you do? Are you parents all creative entrepreneurs? I’m forced to say that because your talent is not the one we learn but the one from birth
Abeiku: My parents especially my dad likes Creative things but do not really support my adventures in that recourse, partly because he knows and wants his son to be in the top-tier of the academic class. My younger sibling sings with so much eminence. I think that occasionally, someone rumours it to them what I’m doing and they have come to bear with it even if they don’t like it that much. But that is how most Ghanaian parents do, they wish their wards concentrate on academics and progress through that stream. So I give them that kind of grace period. However, solitude and the chronologies of solace seeking have taught me to tap into my inner energies for the best of my talents; because at the end of it all, I’m the one who knows how to better nurse the beautiful demons of his own body in the face of obscurities.
MBA: Inspire to acquire the desire you admire. Haha. Just trying my creativity out. Your last phrase though. 😂😂 Abeiku are you dating?
Abeiku: ….Giggles//Licks lips….I wouldn’t like to express my thoughts on what ‘to date means’. The subject is too opaque, derisive and tantamount to augury as there is so much porosity in that circlet. I think, however, that as an oddball lover, I love [girls//& or boys] with beautiful bodies/& minds — who illustratively are driven by incessant insanity to make their bodies burn with aura & magic — like butterflies do.
MBA: You need lashes. You this guy.”Hwan ne wo girl” your lover. Yes. The one who makes your body burn with aura and magic.
Abeiku: Multiplicity of illusions and cognizant allusions.
MBA: Abeiku My readers are eager to know. Kindly answer the simple. Question
Abeiku: I’ve already answered in a contrived subtle way, Bra Amuah. Let the readership dig a little beneath the cast of words for the answer. Poets are concretions of spasmodic ejaculations and cosmic pleasure.
MBA: Bear in mind that some of our readers are lay individuals without your poetic abilities.Your new name is Abeiku the Crafty Thinker.
Abeiku: Smiles…. Broadly
MBA: Let me put you on the spot. Giving the chance to be President of the Republic, what would be at least 3 pressing issues you would look into?
Abeiku: Creative Arts Industry, Education and Cyber Space.
MBA: That’s hot cake stuff I would say. Abeiku what words do you have for startup entrepreneurs out there.
Abeiku: Do what your passion burns you to do. The naysayers and critics are only there to put you on the road map of greatness. Prove your mettle. Be consistent. Be unconventional. Learn, Unlearn & Relearn. But in all, stay humble & love what you do even if no one does. The universe has a way of making things work for people poised for greatness.
MBA: That’s very powerful from you. I believe others are all inspired. What should we expect from the village thinker in the next 5 to 10 years?
Abeiku: I cannot really define what is portentous — the future holds its own distilleries — but there is magic awaiting & there is greatness enveloping from the clouds. Poetry. The Poet. Creative Expressionism. Academia. Explosions. These are what the future holds in stall — beyond five (5) & or even ten (10) years. I’m a protégé of secret mastery & surprises.
MBA: It’s never been a waste hanging out with you Sir. Most grateful for your time. Thank you for making time for #themeetbraamuahshow. Bless you.
Abeiku: Thanks for having me on your show, Bra Amuah. It’s been great using your space. I wish you the best in your quest.