Wednesday, June 5, 2013

MISS TILII's 2010 AFRICAN MOVIE "IT" LIST OF "GREAT ACTORS/TRESSES

June/July 2013.(bump up)
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I have the need to bump this thread back up.
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Nov/Dec 2012.(bump up)
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I have the need to bump this thread back up.
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April 11 2012.(bump up)
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I keep getting lots of emails people asking me who my favourites are so since 2010 when i first wrote it, i have had to keep bumping this thread. Since 2008 the only names i have added is the ones in orange which i added in 2011 (these are ones with "POTENTIAL"). Not many of the Actresses I have seen raise my eyebrow or catches my eye, they are just a whole bunch of  new faces with not any spectacular  or memorable acting for me to say they have "great potential" at least in my opinion. Just one or two I've noticed but we shall see sha. We are watching you like a hawk and if you have potential i will say it and if you suck with no hope, i will say it too. 
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I really hope this year 2012 is good and we have great movies so i can go back to doing my  fun filled MISS TILLI ANNUAL AWARDS because honestly - if we don't get classic releases again this year, once again and for the 3rd time, I will postpone the award because of lack of categories.  
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Though my awards are all in fun - (cos i am not giving away any plaques, trophies and what not), I don't do it just for doing sake like most award shows do- where clearly 99% of the jury have never even watched the movie in depth. People I nominate and whom my readers & movie watchers vote for (unlike most awards)- we all actually have watched these movies from beginning to end (and sometimes twice or thrice like i do as i get closer to naming the nominees - cos i don't want to miss a beat) and know exactly what we are talking about.
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July 26 2010 (bump up)
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I first created this list about 2 years ago, but lately i have been getting questions via email where i am being asked who do i consider "Great" Actor or "Great Actress" - besides in the past 2 years i have had some additions and subtractions. Granted there are many I deem as GOOD in my books, there a handful i consider GREAT and they are as follows (african actors, actress and producers) - I am only focusing on GHANA and NIGERIA;
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All in purple are Ghanaian Actors and Actresses and all others are Nigerian Actors/tresses.
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My Personal Top GREATEST and Favourite Actresses (Nigeria and Ghana)
  • #1 Genevieve Nnaji (though this list is in no particular order Genny is my #1)
  • Funke Akindele
  • Akorfa Asiedu
  • Joke Silva
  • Funlola Aofiyebi
  • Rita Dominic
  • Patience Ozorkor
  • Chinny Ahaneku
  • Geraldine Okeocha
  • Camilla Mberekpe
  • Ebere Okaro
  • Ngozi Ezeonu
  • Liz Benson (one of the 1st pioneers)
  • Kate Henshaw
  • Bimbo Akintola
  • Jennifer Eliogwu
  • Rama Brew
  • Uche Owusotole
  • Stella Damasus Aboderin
  • Stephanie Okereke (when she doesnt fake her accent and she is herself)
  • Omotola Ekeinde (aka OmoT)
  • Mercy Johnson (depends on script and the director - breakthru movie THE MAID)
  • Ini Edo (depends on the script and the director - breakthrough movie WORLD APART)
  • Nse Ikpe Etim
You need one breakthrough movie to make you shine for me to consider you great. Thats why you have to be extremely selective on the script and most importantly check the resume/cv of the director directing you. SInce their breakthrough movies Ini and Mercy havent necessarily done great in all other subsequent movies - they have accumulated "SOME" not so great movies on their cv . I guess u have to be in a great financial space to be able to confidently say NO attimes and not say yes to every script which will sometimes tarnish your greatness.
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For the up and comers who have not entered the industry yet and want to - get some of the movies by my listed greats and study these actors and actresses VERY VERY VERY - study them like science and detect what exactly about their acting make them raise that much eyebrows - take a lil cue from them add your own and the sky is the limit for you. I wont tell you - u study their every act and ask yourself why. And please look beyond the physique or their looks. There is more to it than just the looks.
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Next Best Thing - Actresses with the Greatest Potential and to keep a keen eye on - we are still watching your growth.
  • Omoni Oboli (movie: Entanglement)
  • Uru Eke (movie: Widows of Men)
  • Yvonne Okoro - (movie: Beyonce: The Presidents Daughter, 4Play)
  • Martha Ankomah (movie: Kiss me if you can) - she has one of the best potential as a ghanaian actress but thus far based on poor choices she has garnered a reputation (at least in Ghana) - people are now overlooking how great she could be focusing on the overly sex scenes she has played - This is what i am referring to as being selective so much, it doesnt come to bite you and overshadow your greatness. You can not erase what you have done. But i still give her the benefit of doubt bcos i still think with the right script and direction she will outshine many.
  • Lydia Forson (movie: Scorned)
  • Roseyln Ngissah
  • Nadia Buari (movie: "Beyonce") - Be ya self and loose that fake accent and you will be greater
  • Nuella Njubibor (depends on script and director stay away from stereotypical movies)
  • Tamara Etiemo (movie: Desperate House-girls)

My Personal Top Greatest & Favourite Actors (in no particular order)
Ramsey Nouah
  • Muna Obiekwe
  • Majid Michel 
  • Richard Mofe Damijo (aka. RMD)
  • Zach Orji
  • Ramsey Nouah
  • Jim Iyke (if he doesnt fake his accent and he is himself and more relaxed)
  • Nana Kwame Sarpong
  • Adjetey Anang
  • John Dumelo
  • Chris Attoh
  • Brew Riverson
  • Olu Jacobs
  • Kofi Adjorlolo
  • Pete Eneh
  • Chiwetalu Agu
  • Nkem Owoh
  • Sam Loco
  • Sam Dede
  • Charles Okafor
  • Kanayo Kanayo
  • Yemi Blaque
  • Yul Edochie
  • ??? (i have been racking my brain bout this actor who played the pastor in "Saving Sarah" - one of the best but i cant remember his name) 

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The Next Best Thing - Actors with the Greatest Potential and Ones to Keep an Eye On - (there is a reason i bolded and underlined "potential" - we are watching your growth)
  • Blossom Chukwujekwu
  • Kenneth Okolie
  • Joseph Benjamin
  • Ken Erics
  • Fred Leonard
  • Daniel K Daniel

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My Favourite Movie Producers/Directors
  • Shirley Frimpong Manso (wrote/directed/produced movie: Perfect Picture)
  • Emem Isong (produced movie: Guilty Pleasures)
  • Lancelot Imaseum (directed movie: Behind Closed Doors and many more)
  • Adim Williams (directed movie: Sharon Stone)
  • Steve Gukas (directed movie: Keeping Faith)
  • Jeta Amata (directed: "Amazing Grace", upcoming "Inhale" and "Black Gold")
  • Teco Benson (prodcued movie: Silent of the Gods)
  • Izu Ojukwu (directed movie: Distance Between)
  • Tchidi Chikere (e.g movie: Blood Sisters)
  • Chinny Ahaneku (wrote/direct/produced movie: Alice My First Lady)
  • Lancelot Imasuen (directed movie: Behind Closed Doors)
  • Vivien Ejike (produced movie: Silent Scandal)
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My favourite African movie themes are the village set movies. These are my favourite because i think its the realest, they are no pretences or no faking of accents like the usual ones. This is why Tchidi Chikere remains one of favourite directors (I love his old movies).
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So to the ones who emailed me i hope i answered your questions. This is my own personal favourites and i am sure you and everybody else may have your own personal favourites too. To each his own. If i didnt mention someone - nothing personal, they may be good but not great in my books. Again I repeat its nothing personal. To each his own and we can agreet o disagree. My opinion doesnt have to count at all (am ok with that).
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I had to come back and edit this post by adding my two cents here based on a comment an anonymous person made which was so right and I have also mentioned before in many of my old post.
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The fact that, I think many of the problems we are having in the industry is not necessarily the actors or actresses lacking in skills but the growing evidence that sometimes, as our BEST of the best actors/tresses grows (such as Majid Michel, John Dumelo, Mercy Johnson etc etc) their range and depth over exceeds the range available to them and evidently SOME OF the directors they work with, are not growing at the same pace to challenge them enough movie after movie. Yes, we have improved on sound and picture quality, but when it comes to scripts and direction sometimes i prefer the old storylines.
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Yes i said it, Many of our directors are not growing the same pace as the Actors(tresses) and so if you live in a country like africa where your main source of income is acting - sometimes you have no choice but to say YES to any script even though it may not be challenging enough - it sure pays the bills. When u ask some of our stars where do you see your self in future many are quick to say - HOLLYWOOD, well good, i wish you well, but at this pace where u are not being challenged with time, you have a lot to compete with in Hollywood. Its like sometimes the actors take 10 step forward with acting and being directed in the great script and then the next thing you see 10 steps backwards.
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The industry is quick to complain about lack of funding for creating good movies, which i agree (somewhat), but in restrospect when you think about it, much of what they are complaining about, with me looking from the outside in (and correct me if am wrong Mr Producer/Director if you are reading this) has nothing to do with funding. The actor or actress needs to be challenged one movie after the other - not float on the same level for years on end. Challenge them scripts with different depth and make them go higher. If you search this thread you will find directors I have called out in the past for somehow getting to work with the best talent we got, yet NEVER able to challenge them enough, either based on the poor script of the movie or simple poor direction.
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This is why as of 2008 I decided not to let the Producers and Directors go scot free - if you did not do a good job - I will call you out. Who am I to judge who is doing a good job and who is not considering i have never directed in my life, I am one of the bajillion audience out there who spend my hard earn money to buy the movie only to be DUPED with crap. All we simply ask is for quality movies, NOT QUANTITY. I mean do you really think just cos you are producer or director, i should simply shut up and take whatever you put on the market. Assuming none of us buy your movies, how do u think the indutry will be. Put your self in our shoes, yes we are paying $5 or $10 odd dollars a pop, may seem lil, but money is money even if I am spending $1.
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-Take Actor Leonardo DiCaprio foreinstance see how he has grown and in every new movie he does with , he is challenged more and more. See his depth of growth since "EATING GILBERT GRAPE" or even "TITANIC" - he is one actor i admire because he is not an overnight success and has grown over time thanks to Producers Martin Scorcese
-Actor Derek Luke had never acted 'much" before but see how Denzel Washington challenged him in all the ranges with his first movie debut "ANTWONE FISHER" - and since then he has grown so much in depth. This is what I seek for in African movies, how you the director can make one shine in their role by challenging them.
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And to the anonymous person who commented - you are right yet wrong on the subject of Shirley not having much ranges. "YES, Checkmate was poor (at least compared to all the previous) but if you compare all the current Ghanaian producers or lets say Producers in Ghana (cos not all are ghanaian) to me, she is the only one holding up and so we can agree to disagree where i say NO when you state she doesnt have ranges. To me Life and Living it vs Scorned vs Sting in a Tale is a good range enough (even if average) as compared to the other rubbish being put out there on the ghanaian market. For a young LADY who writes, produce and direct, I will continue to give her all the encouragement she needs but at the same time I will not sugarcoat when something crap is puttin out there, as was with CHECKMATE. I will tell it like it is. Checkmate may not have lived up to par but I cannot overlook the other good ones she has done. You cannot say that about Shirley and turn a blindseye to ppl like Abdul Mumuni or Frank Arase or whatever and tell me THEY are doing a better job - yes I have seen 4play, The Game, blah blah blah and still not impressed with the scripts, the profanity, the foreign names and all that nonsense - but thats just me - to each his own. Ghana has GREAT directors - folks i personally know who graduated from prestigious NAFTI school, but unfortunately, many left the country after much frustruation when it comes to funding and I wish they will come back to show ppl how its really done.
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I for one love Ghanaian prime time tv shows like "Things You Do for Love", "Taxi Driver", "Sun City" and the likes and I always wonder if these prime time tv shows are so well produced and directed how come they cannot transition this into movies. Abdul Mumuni and Frank ARase are not the only ghanaian movie director/producers out there, but yes they are the ones with the most funding to do whatever they like and no one questions them - but hopefully not for long with them feeling they are untouchable. So i do understand what you are saying when you state "There is a paucity of active filmdirectors in Ghana now which sometimes leave the actors/tresses no choice".
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My wish is all the great directors and producers who have been sitting on their great talent and on the back bench (both in Ghana and in Nigeria) get all the funding they need to save the industry from the bombardment of crap being putting out there. Where is Kwaw Ansah of "Loved Brewed in African Pot" - its people like that i want to see back in the industry.
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For one thing i do notice a trend of many producers/directors making great movies worthy enough to go straight to the cinemas (Figurine, Home in Exile etc) and I am very proud of them and can not advocate for them enough. Its a huge step for africa. I pray the other producers still pushing out QUANTITY and not QUALITY will have the sense enough to join this bandwagon, sitting behind the drawing board to come up with creative enough scripts to go straight to Cinemas world wide and be recognised in ALL THE FILM FESTIVALS (sundance etc)
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This opens a discussion which hasnt been talked about much and as part of an audience who watch african movies, I would love to hear your point of view - constructive comments will be posted.
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xoxo

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ms-TiLLi,

You did not indicate Majid Michel in blue font. He is Ghanaian.

On the whole your comments in brackets are the same mantra that you have been repeating about Majid due to your aversion to Abdul Salam and Rajah Arase movies. I respect your opinions about that duo and share many of your misgivings about their recent work. But I differ from you on many other levels in my assessment of the work in which Majid Michel appears.

As you are aware, Majid's technique range exceeds the options available and directors to work with in Ghana or even Nigeria, currently. Ghana has a paucity of active filmmakers and directors right now (it was different when the industry began in 1988 through the mid 1990s), so what is an actor like Majid Michel supposed to do?

Wait around for clones of Shirley Frimpong Manso to drop out of the sky? And if anything, Shirley's own range is limited, as evident in the disaster that was _Checkmate_ where her attempt at inserting crime action sequences was laughable. Her forte is the candle-glowing romantic settings, and Majid has been there and done that many times over already both in Ghanaian and Nigerian movies. Cast as Nii Aryee, Majid was great in his supporting role in a _Sting in a Tale_. But Majid's capacity exceeds all that Frimpong Manso has had to offer to date.

I don't think it is simply about money for him in his appearances in so many movies this past year. Majid Michel is the consummate craftsman. I see him testing out techniques and nuances to his prior acting repertoire in every successive film in which he performs no matter how terrible the script or direction (even something as bad as Hajia Hawa Meizongo's _Blood Fight_). That tells me that Msjid is in movies purely for the craft of embodying a given character with all the skill he can muster. In this you can see how he and Genevieve Nnaji as a pair single-handedly rescued the brilliant storyline but disastrously made movie _Emerald/Wild Passion_.

My African Movie Reviews said...

Mr/Mrs Anonymous, I really like you and love your comeback comment, You did make a lot of sense and constructively explained to me WHY you disagree with and I agree many of your points. You are right on many of the points you made and I respect it. I love it when i get open discussion like this. Based on the points you made i will edit my post to comment on something i have mentioned on in the past and you have also pointed out in your comment. The fact that the actors techniques and range exceeds the options available and the directors they work with. You are so so right. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Ms-TiLLi,

Thanks for you response to my earlier comment an the additions you made to the blogpost itself. There was a second part to my original comment (since it was too long to post as one comment) that I submitted, but that does not appear here. Did you get it also? I will resubmit shortly.

I must say that my comment about Shirley Frimpong Manso was not to call her work limited. I love her work and I own all her productions so far. I was talking about the limited options available to Majid Michel now from ALL the Ghanaian directors including Shirley Frimpong Manso.

If you have noticed, Majid is now trying out his hands on physical action pieces as exemplified in the trailer to _The Beast_, which seems to extend his earlier role in _Crime to Christ_. The trailer shows him completely transforming his body into a muscle machine. And in that regard it is the controversial Abdul Sallam and Rajah Arase duo who are filming in that action thriller direction right now. Who else is there?

Listen I too have my deepest misgivings bout the crass commercial motivations driving Sallam and Arase's work but you cannot deny the novel cinematographic elements that they are introducing into the genre with excellent production values, including sound, special effects etc.

What this means is that the film industry is maturing enough for there to be varied genre niches to cater to all tastes (not everyone likes village-setting movies, and young adults like action thrillers compared to others who might prefer romantic comedies or intellectual exploration pieces).

PS. my screen name is zizi2

Anonymous said...

Ms-TiLLi,
(My first Majid post contd)...

Majid Michel's stellar craftsmanship is very much in evidence in the infamous film _Heart of Men_. As much as I realize you hate _Heart of Men_, I would plead with you to just watch it with a technical eye especially on Majid's reflexes in all the scenes in which he appears are amazing to watch, even the ones in which coital acts are simulated. His range turning from villain (when he deviously defrauds Kay into granting him the power of attorney), to beaten-down sympathetic character (his facial expression when the police ask to check his trunk and he painfully finds the body's missing), to amoral sex-crazed junkie (the raw primal instinct that drives his excess sexual appetite is captured in his interesting facial ticks). An actor able to go through this spectrum of reflexes all within one movie is exceptional.

Majid Michel's few public comments also reveal a sense of modesty in the prospects that someone as good as he is, can gain outside the African movie industry. He is not selling himself short as you seem to think of his oeuvre. Rather, he seems committed to expanding the African movie repertoire from within the continent itself (with his recent penchant for action thrillers). Majid does NOT need Hollywood to be a Great actor, in the same way that Shahrukh Khan did not need Hollywood to become a globally celebrated actor. Of course if he gets the chance he will not pass it up, but I don't think he is waiting around for that to happen since Hollywood itself has very little room for continental African actors anyway.

So I don't think Majid Michel's acting choices are the result of a LACK of professional advice about how to map out his career. In many of your postings, you claim you are pining to tell him to be selective about movies and directors he works with in order to safeguard his "CV" from corruption. I thought that was rather patronizing of you.

Thanks for your blog postings anyway. I enjoy them a lot. I have lurked here for a while.

--- zizi2

My African Movie Reviews said...

In response to your comment, I HAVE NEVER EVER EVER DENIED Majids ability as a GREAT ACTOR - one of the best that ever came out of ghana so you explaining with Heart of Men, his depth in emotions/ facial does not surprise - matter of fact i have stated before that is what he and genny are good at - they can act without saying a word and take the audience through exactly what they are feeling - and thats what makes them GREAT ACTORS.

WHAT I HAVE A PROBLEM IS AS I STATED BEFORE, is SOME of the scripts he as said yes to in the past year or two - in my opinion SOME of them dont challenge his depth as an actor and I am not blaming just him - I also blame the director or producer he chose to work with (and yes i do understand there arent many choices - YET!!). If i have an MBA from Havard i will not have Goldman Sachs on my Resume/CV for a couple of years as a consultant and then have McDonalds as burger flipper for another couple of years - and thats how it looks like to me - You whao me with a great movie such as SILENT SCANDAL get me all excited and then drop a bombshell movie at me. Be consistent with growth on your choice of scripit is all am saying. And yes even some hollywoodians have had such rollercoasters on their CV (eg Cuba Gooding) but that doesnt make it right. I will state one more time I dont put the whole blame on the Actors. Is the industry depth and growth making them either stagnant or pull them back.

I did watch HEART OF MEN and with a keen eye like i do the rest and still wouldnt have said yes to that script if i were him. NO MEMORABLE SCENE STANDS OUT IN MY HEAD. And how do you wrap a blooded dead body in white sheet and not see any blood (that still beats me) - There are many things wrong with that movie in my opinion. I hated it. I have also hated ANY MOVIE he has done with NONSO EKENE OKONKOW, absolutely hated it (kiss of a venom). From Venus Group "Crime to Christ is the only one i have liked and where Majid actually raised my eyebrow of being a great actor with the greatest potential, as i watched on Thanksgiving Day in 2007 (Thanks to his method acting - Venus won me with this one.) and like Shirley, the Venus group still wins with picture and sound quality of their movies (I tell it like it is) But when it comes to the depth of their script - I still say Venus still lacks but obviously there arent many choices to make a competitive analysis so the MAJORITY just settles - I simply wont, and call them out where they lack. A Yugo Car with a MErcedes engine is still a Yugo, the pristine picture and sound quality is not going to make me forget there is not head or tail to the story. The profanity is a huge put of for me - we are not hollywood - we crawl before we walk and Africa is Still Africa.

IF all these foreigners who fast becoming the largest purchasers of our movies, wanted to hear FCUK, SHYT, DAMN,and all that overly sexed scenes and all these foreign names they might as well go to blockbuster and borrow a HOLLYWOOD movie. It will be nice to stick to our afican uniqueness for once. Its bad enough the whole continent have OLLYWOOD after their names (Callywood for Cameroon, Sollywood for Sierra Leone, Ghollywood for Ghana - whats next? etc need i go on - hollywood is probably scratching their heads thinking what the hell, they all have to have OLLYWOOD at the end?) - PErsonally i feel Uniqueness is always attractive and there is nothing UNIQUE about Venus's work.

You coulda chosen anymovie for an example but Heart of Men (hell to naw) :lol: and i love our debate cos we can agree to disagree - fun discussion I must say. Keep em coming.
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WITH THIS PACE, WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO WELL RESPECTED BY THE PIONEERS IN HOLLYWOOD AND MAYBE - JUST MAYBE GET AN OSCAR FOR OUR MOVIES. I mean is that our aim at all. What exactly is OUR AIM and GOAL.

Anonymous said...

Hello Ms-TiLLi,

Good Morning. Quite n interesting discussion we have had going on here. I really hope there are others soon to join us for added perspectives.

Let me say that I don't disagree with you at all on your assessment of the work of some of the Ghanaian filmmakers. I come at this from a long view, having witnessed the very genesis of independent moviemaking in Ghana in 1988 with the film releases of Richard Quartey and William Akuffo and the subsequent emergence of the Nigerian industry in 1991/1992. And you know this history but it bears repeating just for the sake of other readers here. During the entire 1990s, the number of new entrants into the industry, both men and women, was fascinating as it was enabled by the cheap cost of videocam filmmaking and the entrepreneurial spirit.

By the early 2000s Ghana's industry stagnated while Nigeria's exploded, partly driven by consumer preference for materialist flash and flare of Nigerian movies. The other part has to do with the fact that this kind of filmmaking was considered "low-brow" form of popular culture, compared to celluloid filmmaking. So many trained moviemakers like Kwaw Ansah initially refused to do "video film" (the name used to describe African movies until recently), because they thought it was not "real" moviemaking. Similarly, established actors like Kofi Middleton Mends, etc also shied away from "video films". And so the industry has been defined from its very inception by entrepreneurs and amateur artisans willing to risk their meager investment on movie products that will SELL. And to a large extent the financiers who also distribute these products pretty much dictate what story to film and which actors to feature so that they can push at leas 20,000 copies. That is their bottom line, i.e. the laws of supply and demand.

I know this because I published original academic research on the subject. It is only within the last 3-4 years that Ghana's fortunes have changed. My point here is that what we are experiencing now is part of a natural evolutionary process of an industry as it tries to settle into maturation. The kind of change you are looking for will happen if new risk takers enter the field in financing movies, in devising new distribution models to overcome the piracy problem, and in technically crafting better movies and storylines.

Thanks,
zizi

Anonymous said...

Hello Ms-TiLLi,

Let me say that I don't disagree with you at all on your assessment of the work of some of the Ghanaian filmmakers. I come at this from a long view, having witnessed the very genesis of independent moviemaking in Ghana in 1988 with the film releases of Richard Quartey and William Akuffo and the subsequent emergence of the Nigerian industry in 1991/1992. And you know this history but it bears repeating just for the sake of other readers here. During the entire 1990s, the number of new entrants into the industry, both men and women, was fascinating as it was enabled by the cheap cost of videocam filmmaking and the entrepreneurial spirit.

By the early 2000s Ghana's industry stagnated while Nigeria's exploded, partly driven by consumer preference for materialist flash and flare of Nigerian movies. The other part has to do with the fact that this kind of filmmaking was considered "low-brow" form of popular culture, compared to celluloid filmmaking. So many trained moviemakers like Kwaw Ansah initially refused to do "video film", because they thought it was not "real" moviemaking. Similarly, established actors also shied away. And so the industry has been defined from its very inception by entrepreneurs and amateur artisans willing to risk their meager investment on movie products that will SELL. The financiers who also distribute these products dictate what story to film and which actors to feature so that they can push at least 20,000 copies. That is their bottom line.

It is only within the last 3-4 years that Ghana's fortunes have changed. My point here is that what we are experiencing now is part of a natural evolutionary process of an industry as it bows and bends to the laws of supply and demand, and tries to settle into maturation creating niche markets. The kind of change you are looking for will happen if new RISK TAKERS enter the field in financing movies, in devising new distribution models to overcome the piracy problem, and in technically crafting better movies and storylines. Taking risks means being prepared to lose money and many people are not willing to do that. And to ask the government to step in is to take us back to the paternalistic colonial/Francophone model of making a few award-winning movies that nobody watches because the films are inaccessible to the ordinary people.

Thanks,
zizi2

Anonymous said...

Hi MS-TiLLI ,is the name of the Ghanaian actor you was trying to remember is Brew Riverson Jnr.

My African Movie Reviews said...

Yes thank u so much for reminding me the name yes its him Brew Riverson (all those JagaPee days actors were legon/Nafti trained and phenomenal) i miss them all. I am child of the 80s so i remember them all. And with my 3 months stay in Ghana and attending stage shows in Conference Center - I still believe the best of actors/actresses - the world dont know them yet. There are many in Ghana - just go to Legon Drama School and you will see abundance of them ARTICULATE, ELOQUENT, KNOWS HOW TO BRING THE CHARACTER TO LIFE AND AS A BONUS WELL TRAINED

Anonymous said...

you forgot to add director izu ojukwu,though in the past he made mediocre movies but as from 2006 he has been making great movies(except across the niger which he did around 2003 or so), watch his movies and see how he brings the best out of the actors and actresses, trust me if majid works with him, he will more than bring out the best in majid,please i will like u to reply on what u think about izu's directing skills, incase u don't know him, here are some of the movies he directed-across the niger,white waters,cindy's note,nnenda,and the yet to be released laviva(u can see the preview copy of laviva on utube), i will really appreciate it if give a reply on what u think about director izu ojukwu.

My African Movie Reviews said...

I never heard of Izu OjuKwu but most definately i heard of WHITE WATERS and been trying to get my hands on it for the longest time but to no avail. Isnt it the one starring Rita Dominic? Yes i seen the preview but not watched the whole movie.

Some movies its hard to get and watch cos I am still waiting on FIGURIINE and HOME IN EXILE. There was a lot of raves on CINDYS NOTES but i still havent seen it though many in naija have seen it already.

ACROSS the NIGER i havent seen it either - and trust me no movie passes me by except these cos i have asking my dealer over and over and over and it seems he doesnt have it cos these movies were not redistributed here in USA. I wish i will get my hands on it and watch it. So mr Producer if you are reading this - where can i get Cindys Notes, Across the Niger and White Waters. I live in Atlanta USA and though i get almost all movies - the above three mentioned are not in circulation on this market.

If i watch and i love it - trust me i will stomp my feet and make as much noise for you - I market great african movies FOR FREE. Its my passion.

Anonymous said...

thank u miss tilli for ur reply, i really appreciate it,i saw in ur recent post that u posted the trialers of some of his movies,but u forgot to post one or if not his best work laviva, it is righ there on utube, i really admire that movie because u could practically say he brought hollywood to nollywood with the action sequence and the world class directing in the movie.Once again thank u for ur reply and i am happy u are one of the few african audiences commending and taking note of few film makers in africa who are actually doing what can be called a film.

chetablog said...

Long talk - Everything thing this guy had, he used it in Crime to Christ. And then I realized, he was doing an imitation in that movie which is why we were thought he had talent. Fast Forward, he has not looked good since then. This was so apparent in Guilty Pleasures. This guy can fake a being a good actor. I am so disappointed because I was so sure he would grow.

Anonymous said...

What of Ejike Asiegbu (sp?)? I know he can be a hit or a miss. But he usually shines when he plays "Money Miss Road" bush Ibo man...like in the movie Working The Lane. Won't you agree?

GBAGAUN! said...

You did not include Rita D. Wanna assume you simply forgot right?????
Cos even if you don't think she's bonze like that, she's def better than Ini, have you seen Distance Between, love it!

But yeah nice list, agree with most of em

GBAGAUN! said...

Oh shoot, feel so stewpid now, soowwyyyyyy.
Shoulda gone thru it thoroughly. No vex oh

My African Movie Reviews said...

GbaGaun - read the post well - Rita Dominic is on the list. You are asking Miss Tilli if she has watched Distance Between - uhhhhhhmmmm - is this some type of trick question or what. I guess u are new to my blog.

Nonetheless you are welcome.

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