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Ghana’s film industry finally named ‘Gollywood’

After many years of debating on how to call Ghana’s film industry, a name has been chosen.

The stakeholders, comprising the leadership of the various groups of the movie sector launched the name at the Ghana 60 Years on Film Summit which was held on July 12, 2018, at the Accra International Conference Centre.


Present at the programme were the President of Ghana Actors Guild, Samuel Fiscian, and the South African High Commissioner to Ghana, H.E Lulu Xingwana, among others.

Also present were film producers Socrate Sarfo (Movie Africa), Abdul Salam Mumuni (Venus Films), Paul Adjei (Paul Gee) and actors like Fiifi Coleman, Nadia Buari, Jackie Appiah and Naana Hayford.

In the past, some entertainment critics suggested names like Ghallygold, Ghallywood and Anansekrom.

Veteran actor David Dontoh, in 2013 mooted that the name Nyamedua (God’s tree) be used, and that it was not necessary to follow the ‘wood’ trend which has been established by the American movie industry (Hollywood).

Few years ago, Ghallywood had become the veritable name for the Ghanaian movie industry as most people in the media consistently used the word in their description of the Ghanaian film industry.

However, it came to light that that name had been registered as a school (Ghallywood Academy of Film Acting) which was founded by William Nana Owusu-Akuffo.

Gollywood still takes after America’s Hollywood, India’s Bollywood and Nigeria’s Nollywood.

By: Kwame Dadzie/citinewsroom.com/Ghana

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