In Sympathy with a Devastated Industry
The deadly Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone has been adversely affecting almost all sectors, with the entertainment industry being no exception. In fact, the entertainment industry is one of the worst affected and this sees it necessary for government to come to the aid of the industry to help it recover from the devastating effects of Ebola.
One of these days, the country’s cultural musical hero, Lansana Sheriff popularly called Steady Bongo was over one of the radio stations in Freetown lamenting on how the Ebola scourge has stranded especially the music industry. According to him, the Ebola-caused restriction of social gatherings has been having an adverse economic effect on the music industry as musicians can no longer organize public shows which were there main source of revenue.
Indeed the ban of public gatherings has been having a negative economic impact on not only the musicians, but also the photographers, the bar owners and even those who run the cinema industry. Even the hotels and guest houses have been badly hit by the Ebola epidemic as there is no longer the once booming tourism industry from which they derived much revenue. Even the prostitutes are negatively affected as their customers have drastically reduced due to the “Don’t Touch” warning and to the restrictions on night shows from where they usually got good number of customers.
We are in deep sympathy with our Ebola-devastated entertainment industry and are calling on government to consider assisting it to recover, especially when it played notable role in sensitizing the masses against Ebola. Entertainment plays an important role in reducing our stress.
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