Graphic Showbiz – Money alone not enough

…to revive film industry says Juliet Asante.

Ask any player in the movie industry what the biggest challenge is and he or she is most likely to say, lack of funding.

For most of these players, the absence of significant financial investment is killing the industry.

However, award-winning filmmaker, Juliet Asante does not think financial support alone can revive the industry. For her, there is so much more that needs to be in place to ensure the country has a movie scene which will attract international attention.

“We don’t clarify the kind of support we need so there is some misunderstanding between the sector and government. We should not reduce the conversation about the indusrtry to just money.

“ If the government gives me GH¢2M to shoot my film, will that solve the problem? No. The solution lies in infrastructure, policies among others” she said.

Last year, government gave GHc1M to the creative arts industry to help in its development but Juliet said that wouldn’t help much as the structures needed to support individual efforts were lacking.

Ohemaa turns 40 today

Award-winning gospel singer and music business entrepreneur, Ohemaa Mercy’s story as she turns 40 today, is one that could happen only to a truly determined soul.

From her days as a basic school teacher at Koforidua in the Eastern Region to this time when she has clinched many awards, owns online broadcast channels, a recording studio, a band and a recording label, Ohemaa says she feels humbled by the abundant grace God has endowed her with.

She is currently one of nation’s best-loved singers and a strong pillar in the music business. She has invested a great deal of hard work into her career and believes her strength of conviction about what she does and her clarity of thought are yielding fruits for her and many others.

Ohemaa came to public attention in 2005 with her debut album, ‘Adamfo Papa.’ which won her nominations at the 2006 Ghana Music Awards. After the release of her second album, ‘Edin Ben’ in 2007, she grabbed the awards in the Gospel Artiste of the Year, Gospel Album of the Year and Album of the Year categories at the 2008 Ghana Music Awards.


FIPAG to hit streets against telenovelas

After years of merely complaining about the influx of foreign content, especially soaps or telenovelas on television screens, the movie industry’s players are now taking action.

Come Thursday, September 14, member of the Film Producers Association of Ghana.  (FIPAG) will hit the streets of Kumasi in protest against the foreign invasion.

They will later present a petition to Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll, who they hope will plead their case to government.

The lament against foreign content on our screens has been going on for years but now stakeholders are rising up even as television channels reliance on less expensive Mexican and Indian soaps to attract viewers has reached peak levels.

Cutie Bridal: The bride slayers

It is the dream of most students to land a good job after school but this does not always become a reality.

So when she failed to get a blue collar job after school, Portia Boateng decided to take her fate into her hands.

The twenty something year old graduate of Accountancy from Central University fell on her talent in make up artistry and started a small make up studio and classes in her parent’s home.

And just like her favorite quote don’t despise small beginnings, her dream has blossomed and today, she is the owner of Cutie Bridal and Cutie Bridal Beauty School.

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