The Ghanaian movie industry has been dead without a pulse for a long time. The reasons contributing towards that are myriad and cannot be covered in one article.
Whatever the reason for the demise of our industry, the actors feel the brunt and most of them have been left branching out into other areas to survive, including inventing the business of ashawobritism.
Veteran actor Koo Fori says he’s aware of the reason that the movie industry is in decline.
According to him, local producers are not producing the quality content that Ghanaians want and instead prefer to complain about telenovelas and foreign programs being patronized by Ghanaians.
He said producers have to identify what the people want and produce that for them otherwise things would remain in the bad state they currently are.
“In recent times there are a lot of television shows which is affecting the local movie industry. Kumawood were complaining about the proliferation of the Soap Operas. If you go into various homes people watch movies on DSTV. Another fact is that the producers do not also give what we want to watch,” he said.
Koo Fori also said another factor is that the local producers do not behave in a professional manner, especially towards the actors.
According to him, they chase actors relentlessly when they want them in a movie but after everything is shot, they delay in paying them the monies owed.
“…I quit acting because most of the producers were taking me for a fool and using my services without paying the amount due me.” Koo Fori added.