An award winning Ghanaian actor, Mr. Nii Adjetey Annan has called on government not only to invest in the movie industry but also to see it as a business venture. According Mr. Annan, the industry if empowered, will go beyond entertaining the general public to a point of generating revenue for the country’s economy. He likened it to some countries where their governments and stakeholders have taken keen interest in the movie industry and are a result are making a lot of money for their countries.
Ghana, he thinks, should emulate same. The award winning actor lamented how some cinemas in the country have been turned to churches rather than serving their intended purposes but called for the building of cinemas across the country to whip up the work of industry players.
He further urged industry players to take the industry seriously rather than relying on talent. Talent, he said, is good but acquiring skills and training will be better for the industry. Mr. Annan a.k.a Pusher also praised actors in the northern movie industry after he got the opportunity to act with some of them in the movie titled ‘AZALI.
There has been some assertion in the media that the actors and actresses in the English industry always belittle their colleagues who act in the local language saying they are shallow minded. But Pusher shot down that notion stating that all actors in the country are good in one way or the other. He added: "They are just good at the vocabulary but local actors really are the big deal."
Mr. Annan has won several awards in his career, including Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) -Best Actor, Drama/TV series, Best Actor’ at the second edition of the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (GIAMA) and has starred in several movies. Mr. Annan was in Tamale for the premier of ‘AZALI’ movie on Friday, October 12, 2018. Speaking about the movie, the director and producer of the movie, Mr. Kwabena Gyansah says the story, shot in Tamale, depicts the reality on the grounds concerning issues of streetism, kayayei and other menaces that affect children especially the girl child.
AZALI is a film about a 14-year-old girl called Amina from northern Ghana, who is thrust into the slums of Accra by circumstances and must find a way to get back home.
Starring in the movie which was produced by Ananse Studio, are Ms. Asana Alhassan, Mr. Adjetey Annan, Mr.Akorfa Asiedu, Mr. Peter Richie, Ms. Ama K. Abebrese, Mr. Emmanuel Nii Quaye (Striker), among others. It will be Premiered Friday, 12th October at Radach Hotel in Tamale.
LILIAN D. WALTER