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Opinion: What Is Killing Our Ghanaian Movie Industry?

Gone are the days when we use to watch movies, I mean our local movies from the Ghanaian movie industry. You could see them exhibiting our cultural practices for the viewers to know and learn more of it. If the late 80s, 90s and even early 2000s was anything to go by, one would have assumed the Ghanaian movie industry will be competing if not dominating the West African movie scene. But we have grown to see a negative side of our thought and prediction even as technology is advance. 

Back in the days, we use to have great actors and actresses like the late Bob Santo, Abusuapanin Judas, Maame Dokono, Fred Amugi, the late Kwame Owusu Ansah just to mention a few. They were really making us happy watching them on our screens. But what do we see these days? Do we still enjoy our local movies as we use to do?

Fast forward today, we can a boast of having some talented actors and actresses in the local movie industry but inasmuch as we have those people, our industry is sinking gradually. It is not as it used to be years back. Actors and actresses like Kwadwo Nkansah, Agya Koo, Jackie Appiah, Nadia Buari, Van Vicker Kwaku Manu are all good in their work but we have still not moved to the top.

So the question is what is killing our movie industry? With all the talented actors and actresses we have, our industry is still sinking.

I think one main problem we have is the introduction of “Telenovela” on our screens. Local Televisions in our country have introduced some foreign movies which are getting more viewers than our local movies because of the niche they have created. They have gone to the extent of editing the foreign language to use our local language for the benefit of those who do not understand the original language used in the movie. This “Telenovela” has really affected our movie because Television stations Telecast is more than our local movies.

Secondary, producers and directors directing poor movie script has also affected the artistic nature of our movie industry. Viewers do not find any interest in buying or watching our local movie any more.

Again, actors and actors complain of not being paid well and even not at all when they are called for a role in the movie. When this happen, actors and actresses who are good for a particular role will not be motivated to take part in the movie and this will result in producers given the role to someone who is not fit for that role and at the end we will get poor result.

These have been a big challenge in the Ghanaian movie industry and until these and many more problems are fixed the industry will continue to sink and it will not help the industry at all.

Let’s all come together to build the industry once and for all because it also create jobs for our youths

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