Ghana’s High Commissioner to India, Mike Ocquaye Jnr has revealed that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Film makers in Ghana and India.
In an interview with JoyNews’ Becky, the High Commissioner mentioned that the collaboration with Bollywood is important in strengthening Ghana’s film industry.
According to him, entertainment ‘conquers’ the world and greatly boosts the image of a country, hence, the need for this partnership.
“The Americans have done it with Hollywood. The Nigerians have done it with Nollywood but the Indian film industry is the biggest in the world…At the moment the Ghana film industry has signed an MoU with a section of the Indian film industry,” he said.
Mike Ocquaye Jnr indicated that the collaboration will enable the two countries transfer skills and ideas in the production of movies.
"For example, the first thing they proposed is that the Indians will come here with their production crew to come and film some of their movies in Ghana,” he disclosed.
“They will come and spend money in our hotels. They will spend money in terms of food. Use the carpenters here to build the stage,” the High Commissioner said.
These exchanges he notes, will help the film industry in Ghana to gain the needed experience while generating revenue for the country.
Mr Ocquaye Jnr made these comments on the sidelines of the premiering of the stage play ‘Niyati’ at the National Theater on Friday.
‘Niyati’, an adaptation of the Cinderella fairy tale, featured thespians from Ghana and India.
The program was organised by IPMC as part of celebrations for its 25th anniversary.