‘Kumawood’ film makers petition Otumfuo over telenovellas

Film makers in Kumasi earlier today, embarked on a demonstration against the proliferation of foreign movies on Ghanaian television.

The demonstration took place today in Kumasi, from the Cultural Centre, through Bantama to Manhyia.

According Citi FM reporter, Lauretta Tima, the movie makers, comprising actors, movie producers and directors ended their demonstration with a petition to the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu, II to relay it to the President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Otumfuo after listening to their plea, assured them that a delegated team from the Palace will meet the executives of the Film Producers Association of Ghana to discuss the issue.

Their specific concerns are that the foreign telenovellas should not be dubbed into the Akan language. They are also asking government to pass the Broadcasting Bill into Law so that only 30% foreign content can be broadcast on television.

Speaking to actress Mercy Asiedu on the grounds, she pleaded on the government to come to the rescue of the local movie industry.

“We are Ghanaians and we have to portray our language. All we are saying is that the telenovellas should use English. They should not do it in Twi. If a foreigner speaks Twi and he portrays a foreign culture it has a bad influence on our people. We are not saying they should stop showing telenovellas. They should do it in English,” she told Citi Showbiz.

Vivian Jill, another actress, also remonstrated the phenomenon and called o Ghanaians to support their cause.

“We are trying to revive the industry again. We all calling on people to support us to call on our government to protect our culture,” she said.

Also present at the demonstration were Lilwin, Bill Asamoah, Ola Michael, Wayoosi, Big Akwes, Eugene Morrat, Abeiku Sagoe, among others.

By: Kwame Dadzie/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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