The social, political and financial clout of Ghanaian entertainers in the 21st Century has made the entertainment business an attractive one for many a Ghanaian youth.
Professional athletes, musicians, actors and other people in the entertainment business are no longer seen as people who got into their careers because they did not have or wear unable to cope with formal education, but as people who chose those careers and worked hard to reach the top.
Talent shows such as Soccer Academy, Stars of the Future, TV3 Mentor, Talented Kids and others have given an opportunity for people who have dreams of a career in entertainment to exhibit their talents and get the deals they seek.
Very few would argue that people seeking careers in entertainment should not get formal education, the question is whether alternative careers that can be pursued by virtue of formal education should be completely ignored while an entertainment career is being pursued.
Depending on your opinion on the latter, the time and effort which one should put into formal education in relation to improving the skills in his or her dream career ranges widely. To what level (basic, secondary or tertiary) formal education must be pursued will also vary.
Unemployment is a problem the world over; Ghana is no different. Having the talent to pursue an entertainment career combined with the education to pursue a career in other professions gives a person an advantage.
The purpose of this post is to add to the ongoing debate that was raging on Twitter. Add your thought on this with hashtag #EducationxEntertainment on Twitter.