The dream of every film-maker is to craft interesting movies which will be appealing to the targeted public. Most, if not all, strive to gain international recognition and probably win some credible awards which enrich the portfolio of the film-maker.
One way they do so is to cross borders and feature some well known actors and actresses in their various movies. This is quite frequent between Ghollywood (Ghallywood) and Nollywood. It has become more of a barter trade among these two movie industries. Ghanaian film-makers hire Nigerian actors and actresses and feature them in their movies. Nigerian film-makers on the other hand equally do the same.
This trend or tactic of penetrating into the markets of other countries is often seen to be employed solely by the English – speaking Ghallywood. The innumerable Kumawood movies that I have watched make use of just our local Twi-speaking champions. The idea of cross-border working relationship has become more of a jinx.
It is with much delight to know that there have been some improvements within Kumawood lately. Few months ago, Osita Iheme, popularly known as Pawpaw, was in Ghana. His mission was simple. He had been invited over to shoot a movie titled ‘Boys Abre.’ He had already learnt some basic sentences in Twi days after arriving in Ghana to enable him act alongside our friends in Kumawood.
When I taught that was the end of it all, Patience Ozokwor (Mama G) was brought to the scene—starring in an upcoming movie with the likes of Rose Mensah (Kyeiwaa), and Kwadwo Nkansah (DJ Lil Win).
With high hopes, I am pretty sure this is not going to be a nine days’ wonder. Although, Kumawood has in the past featured some Ghollywood actors and actresses, it still flummoxes my mind why these two industries do not work together more often and learn from each other. Why would they want to ever spend huge sums of money to bring an actor or actress down to shoot a movie when they have colleagues in Ghollywood who can equally do the job?
According to Akrobeto, their fellow actors and actresses in Ghollywood wish not to work with them. If that is the case, then it would be proper to go for outsiders. This, to me, explains why the Twi-speaking gurus are now trying their luck on Nollywood actors and actresses. If not all, it would be another way of seeking a place in the Nigerian movie market.
In as much as I consider this to be a laudable move, I would humbly appeal to the film-makers to pay close attention to other areas such as storylines, quality of production, and the rest. And to the Ghollywood fellows, never be too full of yourselves…