Ghallywood has for some years now been known (unofficial though) as the name of the Ghanaian movie industry, but, during the launching of Ghana Movie Awards for 2013 on Tuesday 3rd Dec, 2013 at the Golden Tulip hotel in Accra, the President of the Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG), Mr. Stephen Hackman, annulled it.
In his own words he said “Ladies and Gentlemen, one thing which has been on my heart personally for some time now and I believe most of my colleagues is a name for Ghana’s film industry. May I therefore suggest, as many seem to think along with me, the name Ghollywood for our movie industry.
Please note the spelling – GHOLLYWOOD, Mr. Hackman spelt the name out well for journalists around to take note.
In an exclusive duologue with Mr. Hackman recently, he told GhanaCelebrities.Com that they (FIPAG) shall launch Ghollywood in a grand style for all and sundry to know.
Nollywood is 20 years now – since the name Nollywood was suggested by a Nigerian journalist and ever since, became the official name of Nigeria’s movie industry. On Saturday, 2nd December, 2012, was the historic celebration of Nollywood at 20 with a grand opening event themed “Nollywood Celebrity Glam Night,” at the magnificent Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos.
Some critics contend that Mr. Hackman should have maintained Ghallywood because the first letters (Gha) of Ghallywood suggest Ghana more than (Gho) Ghollywood. In justification, Mr. Hackman said, “we would have maintained Ghallywood but unfortunately, it’s the name of a film training school in Ghana registered and owned by Mr. William Akufo.”
Others also feel that we should not follow the ‘wood’ trend in naming of movies as done by Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood. Veteran Ghanaian actress Joyce Anima Misa Amoah speaking on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM in November 2010, said, “I just thought that there could be better choices…I don’t think we should have anything ‘wood.’
Actress Ama K. Abebrese was once quoted in an interview as saying that, “because everybody else has a wood, you also do same? No, let us be more creative.” Well, I suggested Anansekrom but nobody supported my advocacy so it could not see the light of the day.
So henceforth, if anyone asks you what the official name of Ghana’s movie industry is, tell the fellow its Ghollywood and not Ghallywood. All online writers should take note and comply. Until then…MOTWUM!!