The Volta region was the latest destination for the data collection exercise for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts.
The President of Film Guild of Ghana, Mr. Yaw Boateng during the exercise has observed that the Volta Region has viable potentials for the movie industry.
He mentioned that the Region’s market for local movies penetrated the West-African sub-region with a number of Ewe-speaking people in neighboring Togo, Benin, Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire. He has therefore called for investors to invest in the sector.
The nationwide Data Collection exercise is geared towards establishing a film council to revive the industry.
Mr Boateng said studies indicated that the movie industry in the Volta Region was viable and that what was needed was training for players in the sector.
He also posited that the Region needed cinema halls, equipment and some funding for people in the sector to re-position the industry to reduce youth unemployment.
“It is pathetic that we don’t have a single cinema hall in the Region. In this day of technology and piracy, we need those infrastructures to break even and sustain the industry,” Mr Boateng said.
The Volta Movie Industry is said to focus on “true untold stories of people of Ewe lineage and general life stories.”
The movies are however not popular due to insufficient publicity on television, making the industry unattractive.
By: Gabla Godwin/ Showbiz Network Ghana
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