INDO-GHANA FILM AND CULTURAL FORUM
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Indo-Ghana Film and Cultural Forum was launched in Noida, India on
December, 2017. The programme was organized by the International
Chamber of Media and Entertainment Industry (ICMEI) of India and the
Film City, Noida. The High Commissioner of Ghana, H.E. Mike A.N.N.
Oquaye was the Guest of Honour for the occasion. The programme was
attended by the founder of Film City, Noida, Mr. Sandeep Marwah,
Secretary-General of ICMEI, official from the Asian Academy of Film
and Television and representatives from the media houses.
Sandeep Marwah, stated that the purpose of launching the forum was to
enhance and improve cooperation between India and Ghana especially in
the arts and cultural industry. He commented that the Ghana Film
Industry was a leading and one of the biggest in Africa in the 1990s.
Unfortunately, it experienced some challenges. He expressed the hope
that the Indo-Ghana Film and Cultural Forum would therefore help to
revamp the Ghana Film Industry.
my part, the High Commissioner of Ghana, H.E. Mike A.N.N. Oquaye
commended the efforts of the organizers for the laudable
collaboration between Ghana Film Industry and India Film Industry,
Bollywood, was the largest film industry in the world (in terms of
volumes). He noted that the Ghana Film Industry used to be very big
in West Africa but it had been overshadowed by Nigeria due to several
military interventions and its related curfews which normally
disrupted live showbiz programmes and cinema.
addition, H.E. Mike Oquaye pointed out that the cooperation between
our two industries should not lead to an influx of Indian films in
the Ghanaian market. Rather, it should be a collaboration whereby
Ghana could learn from the Indian experience, share and exchange
ideas and ultimately enhancing the Ghana film Industry. He emphasized
that the collaboration must lead to a situation where India film
would choose Ghana as a film location in order to create numerous
jobs for the Ghanaian artisans.
conclusion, H.E. Mike Oquaye reiterated that this was a laudable
first step engagement to advance relations between Ghana and India in
terms of film and film education. However, he indicated that the most
important step was to arrange a trip for officials of ICMEI to visit
Ghana to engage the relevant film federations in Ghana as well as the
Secretariat of Arts and Culture under the guidance of the Minister of
Tourism. He promised to facilitate this land mark engagement in early
Mike Oquaye was made a patron of the Indo-Ghana Film and Cultural
Forum, whilst Mr. Sandeep Marwah was made the honorary chairperson.
The High Commissioner then granted radio and television interviews on
Ghana and India relations.
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