Ghanaian movie director, Pascal Amanfo has described as appalling the numerous foreign telenovelas on Ghanaian TV screens, adding those productions are not better than movies and series by Ghanaian producers.
According to him, owners of Ghanaian TV stations only relish showing such productions during prime time TV because they are ‘cheap’ to acquire.
However, he said they unfortunately, don’t like to spend on acquiring very good productions by Ghanaians.
The worse part he bemoaned, was the lack of broadcast law by the state to regulate foreign content on local TV during prime time.
Pascal was speaking at the African Woman in Film Forum held at Alliance Francaise in Accra on Monday, to empower women filmmakers when he made the comment.
“Are you telling me Shirley Frimpong Manso and co are not doing well…but because it is wavy hair and white skin, there is a craze for it and like Mr. Hackman, president of Film Producers Association (FIPAG) said there is no broadcast law and these telenovelas are very cheap. I think they are bought 150 dollars per episode so you can buy a whole season of them. All people see is Lagata was a success and now they brought When My Mother Is Lost,” he added.
Currently Ghanaian TV stations have been feeding indigenes with foreign cultures via a lot more telenovelas and there is a lot of craze for it.
Beyond that TV operators organize beach parties and all kind of outdoor programmes to engage audience of these telenovelas.
Most of these audiences who often complain about local productions talk about the quality.
But Pascal said they were aware of the challenges in the movie industry. It could only get better if they support each other.
“We know we have challenges in our movies but we will get there with the right support,” he concluded.
Ebony’s funeral invitation finally out
We have sighted a photo of an invitation card for the funeral of late dancehall act, Ebony Reigns, known in real life as Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, which has started making rounds on social media.
The invitation to the funeral is reportedly coming from the family of the late singer who are expecting a mammoth crowd during the final funeral rites of their late family member.
According to details of the card, family of the late award-winning dancehall act were inviting Ghanaians to partake in the solemn ceremony which is slated for March 24.
The funeral is expected to take place at the forecourt of the State House on Accra with her final resting place going to be the Osu Cemetary.
Not too long ago, father of the ‘Date Ur Fada’ singer, Nana Opoku Kwarteng revealed the official cloth to be used for the funeral of her daughter.
In an interview with Joy News, Mr. Nana Opoku Kwarteng revealed that he had a hard time sleeping, so did some of his family members, especially, Ebony’s sister.
He also used the opportunity to ‘appeal’ for support from well-meaning Ghanaians who wanted to contribute to make Ebony’s funeral a memorable one.
A tribute concert is scheduled to take place on March 23 in honor of the 21-year-old singer in which many artistes have been billed to perform.
Ebony died in a gory accident on the Sunyani-Kumasi road while returning to Accra from Sunyani. Her childhood friend and PA, Franky Kuri and one air force official, Francis Atsu Vondee, who posed as a bodyguard also died in the car crash.
The final funeral rites and burial service of the late Dancehall diva Ebony Reigns have been scheduled for March 24, 2018 instead of the first date, March 17. The postponement follows difficulties to secure a big enough venue for the funeral.
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