Over the last few days, attempts by some media men and their clothing designer friend to claim the praise for the bespoke, customised caftans worn by many members of the Blackstars squad at a presidential ball with John Mahama before leaving for Brazil have made headline news in both the regular press and on blog sites over the internet. It is regrettable to see a recognised, state-owned newspaper like the “Weekly Spector” which has churned out well researched stories and news to feed a discerning bunch of their patrons over a considerably long number of years to blunder gravely in last Saturday’s headline story on Elikem the tailor. The corresponding picture and caption were inaccurate as it portrayed Elikem as the designer of the Caftans worn by the stars. In the same vein, Ghanasoccernet, an online sports site over last few days published a similar story touting Elikem as the maker of the clothes that added the needed colour and finesse to that august event. In an industry where creativity is the mainstay, where sleepless nights are rampant just to meet deadlines, it is only fair and just to protect the works and creations of the players in their field of endeavour. The onus then lies on the designer firstly to patent his works. However, the greater responsibility of protecting these creative works should be on the mass media especially, as they have the power and machinery to promote only after doing due diligence to fully authenticate their stories and promo messages. Acote collections by Opoku Mensah David and Chocolate by Kweku Bediako were the designers of those ravishing clothes for the stars at the presidential ball. These young entrepreneurs championing the made in Ghana agenda can only be supported and not sabotaged. Their joint plea is simple; Elikem and the media houses promoting this anomaly must set the record straight and give praise where it’s due.
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