Actors, producers and directors in Kumasi are planning a demonstration against the influx of telenovelas onto local television stations.
In a petition addressed to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II outlining their plans, the movie industry players say the influx of these foreign language soaps translated into twi is not only inhibiting the growth of the local movie industry but is also eroding Akan culture and implanting foreign ones on it.
Supreme Court Justice Anin Yeboah has called on the National Media Commission (NMC) to be more stringent in regulating content which erodes the moral fabric of the youth of this country.
Speaking at the swearing in of new members of the Commission, Justice Yeboah pointed towards the influx of telenovelas as examples of what he was talking about, as well as the increase in showing s*x scenes.
Foreign soap operas (telenovelas) have been blamed for many ills in Ghana – creating unrealistic expectation of what relationships should look like, destroying the local movie industry, and many others – but as far as we know no one has suggested they are the causes of divorces just yet.
In steps Kumawood actress Christiana Awuni, who claims that the shows, in addition to strangling Kumawood, have led to more divorces in the country.