The Ghana Cinematography Board of Control has interacted with their Nigerian counterparts on the way forward for an effective, efficient and vibrant movie industry in the sub-region.
The interaction which took place on Thursday at the conference room of the Ministry of Information and Media Relations in Accra was massively attended by stalwarts in the Ghanaian and Nigerian movie industry.
The interaction which anchored on marketing, production, sanity and the need to scrap unethical contents such as nudity, obscenity, vulgar languages amongst others, was given coverage by both the Ghanaian and Nigerian media.
The Acting Director-General of the Nigeria National Films and Videos Censorship Board, Madam Patricia Bala, expressed her appreciation for the warm hospitality and cooperation accorded them since their arrival in the country.
She said the cordial relationship that exists between the two nations dates back to several years and therefore needs to be sustained for the mutual benefits of citizens of both countries.
Madam Patricia also called on the leadership of the two movie bodies to continue to work closely with one voice in order to ensure sanity in the filming industry.
Every nation has it rules and regulations governing how businesses should be conducted and for that matter she asked film makers, producers and marketers’ in the industry to respect and abide by the laws of the respective countries.
She expressed her reservations on how some film marketers’ who are sometimes funders of the movies forced to include certain unethical contents into their scripts all in the name of selling well or making profits.
She among other things mentioned nudity, obscenity, the use of vulgar or bad languages in movies which do not well portray the good image of Africa to the outside world .
”We Africans and in particular those in the performing arts industry should be unique and proud of our heritage, backgrounds which are well grounded and needs to be uphold and preserved for the betterment of our future generations” she said.
A renowned Nollywood actor, Mr. Segun Arinze on his part challenged the Ghana Cinematography Control Board and its Nigerian counterpart as well as players in the filming industry to preserve and portray better African heritages and values.
He also urged them to wake up from their slumber and emulate the good example of their South African counterparts who have crafted some children contents in their movies and in so doing inculcating in them the good values of their black and African origin.
The famous actor and one time President of the Nigerian Actors Guild was hopeful the deliberations between the two Bodies will help them to combat the censorship classification problems bedeviling the filming sector in both countries and beyond.
Mr. Ken Addy, Spokesperson for the Ghana Actors Guild on behalf of his outfit expressed their appreciation and satisfaction for the visit and deliberations which he described as fruitful.
He called on players in the sector and the media especially to spearhead the crusade of preserving and upholding unique African values and heritages respectively.
The two Bodies agreed to hold closed door meeting and subsequently issue a communiqué on the outcome of the meeting and deliberations.