Aside Kumawood, There is Vollywood and Tallywood – Is Ghana’s Movie Industry Turning into Tribal Play?

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GhanaCelebrities.Com’s investigation has uncovered two other movie industry names in Ghana known as Vollywood and Tallywood.

Vollywood is the name of the movie industry for filmmakers in the Volta region of Ghana or the name of films produced largely in the Eve language or people of Ewe descent. Just as Kumawood or sometimes called Twi speaking movies are produced in Kumasi and its neighbouring villages, Vollywood movies are produced in the Volta region of Ghana, precisely, Adaklu.

Unlike Kumawood movies which are mostly comedy, Vollywood movies narrates true but untold stories of the people of Ewe lineage and general storylines about life. Vollywood movies contain 100% dialogue in Eve with subtitles.

They are largely marketed in areas such as Hohoe, Ho, Aflao, Adaklu, Togo, Peki, Kumasi, Accra and some part of the North.

Putting our ears on the ground and speaking to few VCD (movies) sellers, GhanaCelebrities.Com’s gathered that the Vollywood movies are not that popular because the filmmakers don’t publicize or advertise much. However, those who know Vollywood movies love them and patronize them a lot!

Already, names such as Harriet Odonu, Sheila Nyavor and others are few names of characters we discovered in Vollywood as the emerging stars of the industry.

Our investigation also revealed that whilst some filmmakers in Vollywood intend to make their own stars just as Kumawood has done with names such as: Agya Koo, Kwaku Manu, Mercy Asiedu, Kyeiwaa, and others, some filmmakers in Vollywood rather use already made film stars who are Ewes or of Voltarian descent.

Names GhanaCelebrities.Com gathered includes:Kofi Adjorlolo, Gavivina Tamakloe, Eunice Banini and Akorfa Asiedu Adjani – all Voltarians, as casts for a Vollywood movie yet to be distributed unto the movie market.

As to who actually coined the name – Vollywood, it is not yet clear who did. It is rumoured that one Mr. Winfred Fayose once claimed to be the brain behind the name. Then again is Tallywood – name for movies largely produced in Tamale or in Northern language dialects; according to our investigations, is also crawling to become a household name.

In an interview with President of the Film Producers Association of Ghana FIPAG, Mr. Hackman Asare, he disclosed to GhanaCelebrities.Com that filmmakers in Tamale – Tallywood recently sent the association a formal letter, requesting to have a FIPAG chapter in Tamale.

Kumawood is to the Akan or Twi speaking tribe; Vollywood is to the Eve speaking tribe; Tallywood is to the Northern tribes who speak Dagbani, Sisala, Gomja, etc. Do we need this faction names in or for our movie industry? Are these faction names important at all?

Is it not a way of deepening the deadly pangs of tribalism in our society? Why can’t we brand Ghana’s movie industry with one name – Ghollywood as the President of FIPAG once suggested? Until then….MOTWUM!!



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Ignorance is dangerous, but knowledge without responsibility is more dangerous. With his readers as number one priority, Obour Amankwa’s aim is to bring celebrities closer to their fans and update readers on all the entertainment news in Ghana. His love for movies and music is exceptional. He has authored several educational books most of which have gained much popularity especially among ‘story-thirsty’ readers. He is currently a medical student in Central South University, China. Obour@ghanacelebrities.com

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  1. Tribalism is killing Ghana faster than poverty. At first i thought it was a continental thing but then i quickly changed my mind when i traveled.  others will say we are Rwandees, kenyans, congolese, just to mention but a few. They portray themselves as one people from a beautiful country despite their tribal difference. In the case of Ghanaians, as you are trying to say we are ghanaians someone else will quickly spice it up by saying….’i’m from the south and she is from the …….’ I bow down my head in shame when fellow country men complain of racism because the tribal cancer within us is worse than racism. 

  2. First of all, all the names are ridiculous starting from Bollywood to tallywood. I do agree that the names should just be under gallywood though…but then again too, I don’t think this should be a big deal…it becomes tribalism when we want to make it tribalism…I like the fact that culturely some the regions are doing something new and coming out more…this means that I will be learning more and more new things….

  3. Honestly, I have never heard of vollywood & tallywood.  Thanks to the writer for this piece.

    I didnt like the name ghollywood and i felt kumawood was ridiculous but these vollywood and tallywood? hmmmmm……….i dont even have the words to express how i feel about them.

    Tribalism is everywhere in GH. It’s such a shame.

  4. This play on words with “wood” in it is really stupid. United States movie industry is in Hollywood so  basically they refer to the whole movie industry as such. Indians then named theirs Bollywood , Nigerians follow with Nollywood crap. Cos  these aforementioned countries are unoriginal that they need to have wood in it. Ghanaians are even worse with this Ghollywood,kumawood, vollywood, tally wood  nonsense. We are so not creative. So we can’t come up with a name that doesn’t have wood in it?

  5. Ghana is a shyt hole that will never grow beyond tribalism and falehood. Look at how big America is yet they have one hollywood and this small Ghana coming with so many woods. The use of the wood word even upsets me keke. Nkwasiasem ara kwa. We are just illiterates

  6. what is this? why is the media always trying to cause issues among people…it might not be movies but its no news as in those days there used to be akan drama…drama in ewe, dagbani, hausa and so forth…I used to watch that with my mom and she always used to translate that (shes fante but lived in the north)…so if they will want to produce movies then whats the fuss…and this wood wood crap….why cant we be authentic? everything west we copy…mttcheww sua tra b3 ku y3n paa

  7. Funny enough, i like the sound of capewood…that’s not actually bad…but all the woods gotta go for real in gh

  8. So this vollywood actors trying to say kumasi movies are watched by only ashantis and they had to make their own to cater to their tribe? What kind of nonsense is this, always trying to create some sort of tension, inferiority complex is a serious disease.

    1. There is nothing wrong with Voltarians and Northerners having their own movie industry. Even in politics and churches we see people break away from the rest of the group and form their own party or church. How much more the movie industry?