Ghana Film Industry, will the industry stay with this wahala?


Ghana Film Industry

The Ghana Movie Industry according to Entertainment pundits and analyst on most media platforms have called and classified the Ghana Film Industry as a died industry and have so many issues that is making the industry not move forward in the right direction.

In recent days, the Ghana Film Industry has been conflicted with what name the industry should use as a brand for the Ghana Film Industry. Days ago, Ghanaians have laboured for a name for the country’s film industry. For almost a decade the name “Ghallywood” was used by some players in the sector.

The success of the Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood has forced Ghana to find a catching name. The name changed with the unveiling of the name “Gollywood” in the country’s capital Accra. The new name was unveiled last week by some stalk-holders of the film industry at a film summit.

The Gollywood name appears to be taking cue from Hollywood (for American movie industry). Bollywood also refers to the Indian movie Industry while Nollywood is the name for the Nigerian movie industry.

Some movie fans reacted to the new name on social media. It appears not many are enthused. Even Film-Makers in the industry are currently having “conflict” to which name to use to represent the nation internationally.

This morning, Film Producers Association Of Ghana (FIPAG) has dissociated the organization from the new name change that was held last week at a Film Summit.

Read the Press Release below;

FILM PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION OF GHANA (FIPAG)

PRESS RELEASE
17/07/2018

FIPAG DISSOCIATES FROM MR. RICHARD BOATENG AS WELL AS HIS FDGG, GOLLYWOOD, M.O.U. WITH INDIANS AND HIS CLAIM AS A LEADER OF AN APEX BODY IN THE FILM INDUSTRY.

The FILM PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION OF GHANA (FIPAG) has decided to withdraw its support for activities undertaken by Richard Boateng of the Film Directors Guild of Ghana (FDGG). It is for that reason that FIPAG boycotted the recent Film Summit he organized.
This decision is based on a number of reasons that have come to light following initial discussions between the FIPAG executive members on the summit and related matters.

Before Richard Boateng and a few FDGG members traveled to lndia, we (the executive members of FIPAG) realized that Mr. Richard Boateng had failed to reveal a lot of crucial information to us with regards to the trip and the summit. He does otherwise when advised and it was clear that he was NOT thinking of a collaboration at all. It was realized that Mr. Richard Boateng was staging a one-man show. This is also evident on the awards presented. He is the only signatory. Even though, he was funded by our sector ministry, he insisted that FIPAG should fund its participation in the trip. He did not disclose the fact that the trip had been prefinanced. In view of his attitude, FIPAG broke away from the trip and stopped attending the pre-summit meetings. It is strange that he went ahead and unveiled the name “Gollywood” without recourse to FIPAG. This is a name which had been discussed on the FIPAG MEMBERS PLATFORM and it is yet to be endorsed by other industry players. Mr. Richard Boateng, we can all see as someone fighting for attention instead of thinking of the development and the well-being of our industry through effective and efficient collective consultation.

We condemn Mr. Boateng’s announcement of “Gollywood” as the name of the Ghanaian movie industry.
FIPAG has, therefore, stated categorically that we are NOT a party to any of the schemes of Mr. Boateng and his FDGG.

Finally, we would like to sound a word of caution to him to avoid holding himself as a sole representative of the Ghanaian movie industry.

Signed on behalf of the Executive Members and the General Members of FIPAG.

Augustine Abbey
( President )

Rosaline Osei
(Public Relations Officer)

Zakaria Abdulai
(General Secretary)

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