- Kumawood actor, Akrobeto, believes Dumsor collapsed Kumawood
- Speaking on United Showbiz, the actor says local movie industry is bereft of investment
- One major issue facing Ghana’s movie industry is the quality of content as against quantity
The controversial debate on the erratic power supply of 2015 resurfaced at the studios of United Television (UTV) when a selection of Kumawood actors and actresses discussed with passion their industry and why challenges still persist on United Showbiz.
One submission which has gone viral is the argument made by Akwasi Boadi, known in public circles as Akrobeto. Speaking to Nana Ama McBrown, the Ghanaian actor fumed over how much of a damage Dumsor had had on the local movie industry, especially that from the Ashanti Kingdom.
“The erratic power supply really dealt us a huge blow. It truly collapsed our movie industry. Patrons bought our movies but they could not watch it on the screens,” he argued.
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The submission by Akrobeto has deep political implications especially when elections are just a few days away from December 7. Even though the NDC Flagbearer, John Mahama insists his administration ended Dumsor, the Akufo Addo administration continues to bash Mahama for collapsing businesses during his era.
The Kumawood Industry is worth millions of cedis in revenue potential. Sadly, producers and directors are not exposed enough to the demands of a complicated international film market that demands quality over quantity.
Government has thus pledged (from its 2020 manifesto) to the establishment of theatres and recording centers across the regional capitals. But there are still concerns over how far these movies go beyond the shores of Ghana as compared to that of Nigeria.
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