There is currently an ongoing controversy about attempts to rename the Ghana’s film industry as 'Gollywood'.
The new name 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, has sparked a debate among industry players.
While some are claiming not to have been consulted over the change of name, others like Kwaku Sintim Misa (KSM) and Leila Djansi have all kicked against the new name.
But 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.
Another leading industry player, Bob Smith Jnr., who is a veteran actor and an executive member of the Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG), has suggested name was the president's attempt to help improve the industry.
"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 stated in an interview on Hitz FM.
Listening to the arguments of those for and against the change of name, there is an agreement that the industry is on the low and needs to be revamped.
While people who support 'Gollywood' think the change is part of the processes to revamp the industry, those against it believe the industry must be fixed before being named. That is, Ghanaian movies must be made attractive to Ghanaians.
So what are the reasons why Ghanaians do not seem to like Ghanaian movies? Here are responses from a section of YEN.com.gh readers
The most mentioned reasons why people dislike Ghanaian movies included: poor production, lack of clear/good storylines, too much emphasis on comedy especially for the Twi movies, lack of a reflection of Ghanaian culture, and dragging scenes.
Samuel talked about technical production
Caleb explained also pointed out technical flaws and predictability of the movies' conclusion.
Nhyiraba pointed out that the movies are hurriedly produced.
Iron brought up the issue of costuming.
Bosque had a plethora of issues with the storylines
Nuerki also thought the storylines hinged on too much superstition.
Bounaab thinks the movies do not reflect our culture.
But it was not all criticism as others also expressed their fondness like Wujing
While it was not all gloomy as there others who still have interest in Ghanaian movies, the onus lies on the people to consider all the possible reasons why the industry is on the low.
We hope these sentiments expressed here will go a long way in helping.
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