Head of Freetong Player calls for attention on Arts and Culture


-as he receives AWOL’s Special Recognition Award

January 16, 2018 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Charlie Hafner receiving his award from AWOL scribe, Ahmed Sahid Nasralla

Founder and Director-General of Freetong Players International has called on the party that will emerge as winner of the March 7, 2018 multitier elections to pay much attention to the improvement of the country’s arts and culture.

Charlie Hafner was speaking yesterday in the conference room of the All Walks of Life Development Organization (AWOL),after receiving the special recognition award he won during the national Achievement Awards ceremony in December, 2017.

According to Mr. Hafner, successive governments have given very little or no interest in the advancement of art and culture, which he said,was  key to developing the country.

“We want the incoming government after the March 7 elections to lay more emphasis on the improvement of arts and culture. It should not be neglected at all because it is significant to our development,” he said and added that most of the issues happening now have a direct link to arts and culture.

He promised to follow the manifestoes of the various political parties to know whether something tangible will be in place on the issue, while calling for the enabling environment to be created for management of and implementation of art and cultural activities.

With regards the award on his outstanding contributions to the advancement of arts and culture, Mr. Hafner said: “This is not coming as a surprise to me because it is not the first. I want to thank AWOL for this special award. I will continue to do more.”

He promised to continue doing more, especially in building people and institutions to make the sector an enviable one both nationally and internationally.

AWOL Secretary General, Ahmed Sahid Nasralla congratulated Mr. Hafner and Alhaji Wurie Jalloh, who was named Farmer of the Year 2017.