Majid Michel, a celebrated Ghanaian actor, said that the ‘diminishing’ film industry does not need the government’s help to revitalise it because the industry was established without government support.
The actor who seems to have a contrary view from his fellow actress and producer, Yvonne Nelson, who has repeatedly called on successive governments to invest in the entertainment industry, the latest being the collection of signatures by her from stakeholders in the film industry to petition the government about the difficulties facing the Ghanaian film sector.
“In her letter to the stakeholders, Yvonne Nelson said that “We have heard some of our own slamming the industry for its decline on countless occasions with the favourite words’ Ghana movie industry is dead ‘. When asked about our business, it is still upsetting to hear these words being uttered. For it to be ruined, a once well-structured industry with lots of entertainment to offer can not and will not be abandoned.
We intend to send a petition to the President and the Minister of Tourism, Creative Arts and Culture, citing the difficulties we face in the industry. We want to bring unity to all players in the industry, we intend to lift the Ghana film industry again for the better by ensuring that special funds are allocated to producers, correct payment systems for all those involved in the industry, in particular
But Majid Michel claims the solution lies in the film industry revisiting its old ways rather than rallying for support from the government.
He made the remark in an interview with Hammer Nti on the ‘Hammer Time’ entertainment programme of Kumasi-based Pure FM.
“Without government support, we developed this industry, so why now, particularly when they (governments) have repeatedly expressed less interest in this field … We need to go back to doing the things we were doing right in those days.”
Yvonne is my friend and I signed her petition, but I nevertheless expressed my opinion to her. The problem is, are they interested? “Hammer, the answer lies in us and not in them,” Hammer Nti, the host, said.