Year of Return: “Joseph” movie premieres with the Late Obetsebi-Lamptey honoured

By Simon Asare, GNA

Accra, Dec. 9, GNA – As Ghana climaxes its
“Year of Return” with series of activities in December, a movie
titled “Joseph” has been premiered in honour of one of the late Jake
Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey.

The late Obetsebi-Lamptey who once served as
Minister of Tourism birthed the “Joseph Project” in 2007 as he sought to
encourage Africans in the Diaspora to take a trip back home which coincides
with the “Year of Return” as we commemorate the 400th year of the
arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown Virginia in what was known
as the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Speaking at the premiere of the movie, Mr.
Akwasi Agyemang, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA)
said that, the storyline of the “Joseph” movie represents the motives
of the Year of Return and also coincides with the project initiated by the late
Minister.

Mr. Agyemang added, “the movie should
inspire the spirit of oneness among us and a testament of why we should not
give up as Africans”.

Mr. Dave Weekes, Executive Director of the
movie, in his address, expressed his delight having been offered the platform
to premiere the movie as part of activities marking the Year of Return.

“We are here in Ghana to report back,
that the hemorrhaging which Africa suffered at the hands of the Transatlantic
Slave Trade did not destroy our spirit. Indeed it has demonstrated the
resilience of our people” he said.

He also revealed that, the working title of
the movie had no knowledge of the work of the Late Obetsebi-Lamptey and sees it
as divine destiny for the film to be given that title.

The film, shot in Ghana, Barbados and Jamaica
was co-written and directed by Marcia Weekes is produced by Step By Step
Productions Inc.

The movie tells a story of Kevoy Burton who
stars in the movie as Joseph, who begins a quest to search for his true
identity defying family conflicts and self-doubt to discover his African
origins.

The movie would hit West African Cinemas in
January 2020.

GNA

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