Change to 'Gollywood' was Akufo-Addo's suggestion - Top FIPAG executive

Change to 'Gollywood' was Akufo-Addo's suggestion - Top FIPAG executive

- A member of FIPAG has revealed that the name, ‘Gollywood’ was suggested by President Akufo-Addo

- The change of name from ‘Ghallywood’ to ‘Gollywood’ has raised a lot of concerns among many Ghanaians

- The name change is believed to be in line with re-branding plans of the Ghana Movie Industry

An executive member of the Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG), Mr. Bob Smith, has revealed that the new supposed name for Ghana’s film industry 'Gollywood', was suggested by President Akufo-Addo.

According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Myjoyonline.com, the executive member, who was speaking in an interview with Andy Dosty on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, said the suggested name was the president's attempt to help improve the industry.

The name change which was announced some days ago in line with a rebranding effort of the movie industry, has generated a lot of debate with many people strongly against the change.

Change to 'Gollywood' was Akufo-Addo's suggestion - Top FIPAG executive

Bob Smith Jnr. Photo Credit: Google Image

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"One thing I know is that President Akufo-Addo said it and said that he wants to bring up a vibrant film industry. He mentioned Hollywood, Nollywood and this gave us the impression that he has accepted a name that follows that line," Mr. Bob Smith told Andy Dosty.

However, the president for Film Directors Guild of Ghana (FDDG), Richard Boateng, who is reported to have spearheaded the re-branding from Ghallywood to Gollywood, revealed that those disassociating from the suggested name were saboteurs

The new name ‘Gollywood’ takes after America’s Hollywood, India’s Bollywood and Nigeria’s Nollywood.

The Ghana Movie Industry’s new name was unveiled at the 2nd Edition of the Ghana 60 Years on Film Summit which took place at the Accra International Conference Center on July 12, 2018.

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The program was held under the theme 'Rebranding Ghana Film Industry to Rebrand Ghana'. Several great personalities such as film actors and actresses, directors and producers were in attendance to grace the occasion.

Present at the programme was the president of Ghana Actors Guild, Samuel Fiscian, and the South African High Commissioner to Ghana, H.E Lulu Xingwana, among others.

Also present were film actors like Fiifi Coleman, Nadia Buari, Jackie Appiah and Naana Hayford.

A few years ago before the recent change, ‘Ghallywood’ was the veritable name for the Ghanaian movie industry as most people in the media consistently used the word in their description of the Ghanaian film industry.

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