Veteran Ghanaian filmmaker Kwaw Ansah of ‘Love Brewed in An African Pot’ fame says Ghana has no movie stars in the true sense of the word. Kwaw Ansah was speaking at a seminar on the Culture and Creative Industries organized by the Institute for Music and Development (I.M.D) at the British Council Hall on Tuesday. The seminar is the first in a series of four to be organized by the I.M.D.
The seminar was on the value chain of the creative industry and which sub sectors have the most vibrant value chains. Other speakers at the event included King Ampaw another veteran film maker and Uncle Ebo Whyte of Roverman Productions who has been credited with singlehandedly resuscitating the drama business in Ghana.
Mr Ansah noted that compared to global movie icons, our local stars have a long way to go and should shun the attitude of having arrived and focus on developing their art. Citing the example of Marlon Brando’s preparation for his role as Don Corleone in the ‘Godfather’ movie, he indicated that the actors of today have to spend more time getting into character for their roles instead of feeling as if they already know what they are about.
On his part, Ebo Whyte eschewed the lackadaisical attitude of our creative persons and advised them to be more professional in their work to ensure that they can attain unprecedented heights in their chosen career.
This view was echoed by King Ampaw who called for the use of professionals in the movie industry noting that these days, there is a wealth of technical expertise available that film makers can rely on to ensure their productions are of top notch quality.
The seminar was moderated by Fritz Baafour a former Minister of State and a veteran performer himself.
The deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Dzifa Gomashie who was at the programme suggested a boycott of poor quality locally produced movies. She advised professionals in the creative industries to maintain high standards at all times. Also present at the programme were Prof. Nii Yartey a highly acclaimed dance instructor, B.B Brew a singer of international repute and Dr Soga ex Ramblers International bassist and a practising dentist.