I’ve gone through the nomination list for this year’s edition of Ghana Movie Awards and I must confess, I’m not happy and I know I’m not the only one in this mood but many Ghanaians including Kumasi actors.
After going through the 15 list of nominations, four actors – Agya Koo, Maame Serwaa, Rose Mensah (Kyeiwaa) and Lil Win were the only actors nominated from Kumasi for this year’s award. Aside those four big giants who were pulled from Kumasi, the most controversial movie ‘Okomfo Anokye’ and Galamsay (I don’t know if that movie is from Kumasi but I stand to be corrected) were the only movies which had its way into the list which means the numerous movies produced from Kumasi were not worth nominating.
We all bare the fact that most Kumasi movies lack the quality which needs not to be nominated but surely there are few ones which could have been nominated aside those five movies unless they tell me only the ‘trash’ movies from Kumawood were submitted hence, this nomination list.
Are the organizers of the awards trying to tell us that all the movies that Nana Ama Mcbrown, Bill Asamoah, Kwaku Manu, Vivian Jill, Akrobeto, Mercy Asiedu, Apostle John Prah and other Kumawood stars featured in are not worth nominating? If that is the case, how did Kumawood and Akoben Movie Awards organizers get movies to be nominated for this year’s awards?
Now let’s do this calculation, if 100 movies are produced within a year from Kumasi, the probability of 40 being of good quality is higher. Well, all the 40 can’t be nominated or compete with the English movies but at least 20 can rub shoulders with the glamour movies so why then do they have to nominate about 5 or so movies from Kumasi.
How many movies were produced within the year under review from the English sector of the industry? And come to think of it, do they even have a year under review because Leila Djansi’s movie, ‘Northern Affair’ which was shot few weeks ago and has not even been premiered had its casts Joselyn Dumas, John Dumelo and Jon Germain being nominated and the sad thing is, Joselyn Dumas, the lead character in the movie was nominated for the wrong category – supporting role. No wonder the movie producer is asking of the award’s credibility. By my checks, this movie ‘Northern Affair’ started its production somewhere in October and finished few weeks ago. The trailer was uploaded on December 1 on Youtube and the press launch of this movie I’m talking about will happen tomorrow, December 18. So how come does a movie which is not yet out be nominated? Can Ghana Music Awards nominate a song which has been composed but not released?
I’ve had the chance to talk to some Kumawood producers who have complained bitterly about the nomination list because all the movies they submitted had zero nomination. Calls placed to Vivian Jill, Bill Asamoah, Akrobeto and other Kumasi actors were not answered but I know they don’t want to talk about this list or probably they were busy doing something else. Not only did I contact Kumasi actors on this issue, I tried calling Prince, a member of the movie awards organizers for clarification but none of my calls placed to him was answered. The CEO of the awards, Fred Numah also said people are in charge of media relations so I should contact them. I agree with him on that but since none of them is ready to talk to me and you are the boss behind everything, will you sit down for people to talk against your event when you have right answers to them?
Aside the above mentioned, I have lots of issues that I want to raise but it seems I am talking a lot. I’ve to give them the opportunity to also explain things to us. Some of my issues include:
1) Why was Lil Win not nominated for A PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE because he has played a lead character in most movies unless those movies are considered to be ‘trash’?
2) Where are the movies shot in other regions like Northern, Central, Volta, Eastern, Brong Ahafo, Western and the two Upper Regions?
In sum, ‘Kumawood’ actors should pull out of this year’s awards since their talents are being looked down upon.