Some stakeholders in the Ghanaian movie industry have taken a swipe at Gabby Okyere-Darko, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) following comments he made about the sector.
Mr Okyere-Darko in a Facebook post last Saturday expressed his disappointment in the industry, saying that the sector has failed to impact positively on the country’s development agenda.
Comparing the Ghanaian movie industry to US movie industry, Hollywood, Mr Okyere-Darko challenged stakeholders in the creative industry to explore ventures that would tie into government’s mantra of moving the country beyond aid.
But the statement was not taken lightly by some actors and actresses.
Actor Yvonne Nelson tweeted:
Hello @GabbyDarko is your interview on peacefm online real?? If it is I’m also disappointed! A few of us are pushing really hard for this industry! Since our leaders have also totally abandoned the industry, we contribute too, just like nurses,doctors..etc— Yvonne Nelson (@yvonnenelsongh) October 15, 2018
How do you even compare Hollywood to our industry! It’s like comparing our economy to theirs!— Yvonne Nelson (@yvonnenelsongh) October 15, 2018
Kumawood has created jobs for so many people! It has Put smiles on a lot of faces in our country! Your judgement is just so low! Disappointing!— Yvonne Nelson (@yvonnenelsongh) October 15, 2018
Adjetey Anang, alias Pusher also tweeted:
...One would expect that after watching your "random movies", you would engage stakeholders or individuals who keep financing our own works to keep our little flame alive by keeping our… https://t.co/Jm2A6kHOau— adjetey anang 🇬🇭official! (@adjeteygh) October 16, 2018
Dear Mr. Gabby Otchere-Darko, First of all, I appreciate that u add your voice to the need for us to move our nation beyond aid and the need for our creative works to contribute to… https://t.co/QoUCi9aVUf— adjetey anang 🇬🇭official! (@adjeteygh) October 16, 2018
Below are some tweets and facebook posts by some actors and stakeholders in the industry
Honestly, I wish we can have this conversation openly and I also wish people will forget about their position and age and face bare facts. I wish.... I wish... I wish. @yvonnenelsongh I want to talk, not type !— Kafui Danku (@kafuidanku) October 15, 2018
I can see some "SERIOUS" people blabbing . pic.twitter.com/ztpPuxu97y
@GabbyDarko kindly provide the titles of the 10 Ghanaian movies you watched and it’s production houses, and also if any Govt institutions had any influence to that effect. Thank you— Kweku Elliott. 🇬🇭 (@realkwekuelliot) October 15, 2018
So Mr. @GabbyDarko our problem isn’t that we don’t want to be criticized; it’s the condescension and simplification of a very complex issue, one your government promised to help with but has so for done NOTHING about.— Miss Forson (@lydiaforson) October 17, 2018
Good morning Mr. Gabby Okyere Darko. This is to say thank you for watching 10 Ghanaian Movies. We appreciate the pain it took for you to sit through. @ Film Directors Guild of Ghana https://t.co/EXn38m28o2— Fiifi Coleman (@fiificoleman) October 17, 2018