Renowned Ghanaian filmmaker, Ola Michael, has expressed his concern regarding the sustainability of the movie industry in Ghana.
While speaking on a Neat FM midmorning show, he praised the efforts of Dr. Likee and other skit producers for their contribution to sustaining the industry but cautioned that Ghanaians may soon get fed up with their acts.
Ola Michael cited examples from the past where some popular actors such as Santo and Judas paved the way for Agya Koo, who eventually became a household name.
However, Agya Koo was later replaced by Kwaku Manu and Kwadwo Nkansah Lilwin, who became the new faces of the industry.
Ola Michael warns that a similar pattern could occur with Dr. Likee and other skit producers.
The filmmaker went further to state that he had previously cautioned Agya Koo on being careful with how he handled his fame and talent since he had no formal training in the industry.
Ola Michael emphasized that he would give the same advice to Dr. Likee and other upcoming skit producers to ensure that they remain relevant and successful in the long run.
While the skit producers have contributed to sustaining the industry, Ola Michael believes that there is a need for a concerted effort to improve the quality of the movies produced in Ghana.
He stated that the industry needed to produce quality movies that would compete favorably with the best in the world.
Ghanaians are known for their love of movies, and the industry has produced some of the best talents in Africa, including the likes of Jackie Appiah and John Dumelo.
However, in recent years, the industry has faced several challenges, including piracy, inadequate funding, and lack of support from the government.
Ola Michael’s concern is not unfounded, as the industry has a history of recycling talent and replacing them with new faces.
It is, therefore, essential for Dr. Likee and other skit producers to take heed of the caution and focus on developing their talent and improving the quality of their acts to remain relevant in the industry.
In conclusion, Ola Michael’s caution serves as a wake-up call for the Ghanaian movie industry to take a critical look at itself and make the necessary changes to ensure its sustainability.
While Dr. Likee and other skit producers have contributed significantly to the industry’s growth, there is a need to produce quality movies that will stand the test of time and compete favorably on the world stage.