Contracts exist in any business venture to guide parties and ensure fairness but when it comes to the entertainment industry this written document is often ignored, particularly when the persons are romantically involved.
And its importance is really felt when the relationships turn sour. That is when one sees mud-slinging and accusations which play out in the public space. This has been the case for some female Ghanaian acts whose careers are taking a hit because of contract issues.
The stories of Joyce Blessing, eShun, whose parting from their managers was not amicable and have seen them losing their official social media pages, have also brought to attention the relevance of contracts in professional engagements.
While these incidents should be a caution to both parties, some managers Graphic Showbiz spoke with recently give the indication that they will choose love over a written contract.
Kofi Donkor is the husband and manager of Gospel artiste Celestine Donkor and told Graphic Showbiz that although he has always been able to draw the line between their professional and marital relationships, it will be hard to put out terms in a contract.
“This discussion has probably become necessary today because of recent happenings but I don’t know why people are concentrating on the harmful and not the helpful.”
“Yes, contracts are always important in any engagement but we should also ask ourselves if we will demand legal contracts from spouses trading in spare parts at Abossey Okai or other ventures.”
“It is unfortunate that when it comes to music or showbiz, the talk of contracts and professionalism is loud, meanwhile such engagements have more advantages than disadvantages if well handled,” he said.