Anima Misa Amoah, the star of Kwaw Ansah’s famous movie, Love Brewed in the African Pot has expressed her dismay at the name Ghallywood, which is tag name for the Ghanaian movie industry.

She said she does not know why we should choose a name that rhymes Hollywood instead of getting a unique identity for the industry.

She was reported to have said that the name Ghallywood was disgusting, but speaking on Day Break Hitz on Hitz FM Monday, Anima said, “I think disgust is a bit too strong. I don’t recall using the word disgust. I just thought that there could be better choices…I don’t think we should have anything ‘wood’…It does not have to be Ghally anything.”

Ghana is not the only country riding on the name of the American movie industry, Hollywood. India calls its industry Bollywood while Nigeria on the other hand calls hers Nollywood but the famed actress says Ghana should not travel that direction.

She has been in the movie industry for over 30 years. After working in TV productions and stage works, Kwaw Ansah, the movie ‘mogul’ discovered her to play leading roles in the hit movies, Love Brewed in the African Pot and Heritage Africa.

A member of a family of five, Anima Misa Amoah says acting has been her passion since primary school, never money.

Anima, who is the elder sister of Ghana’s satirist, Kwaku Sintim-Misa, featured in productions and plays such as Avenue A; Macbeth; The Black Star; People Are Living There; Boesman and Lena.

She withdrew from mainstream activities in the industry in the 1980s to manage her private life but she continued writing stories, radio plays and also acted in a couple of stage works and a movie.

Anima, mother of one, wrote and performed plays for BBC Radio. Aisha; Friends Forever; Survivors and her favorite In The Name Of The Children, all of which were produced by the BBC Radio in mid 2000 are some of her works. She has also been a judge for BBC radio playwright competition.

She is currently the co-producer in Kwaw Ansah’s latest production The Good Old Days – The Love of AA set to premiere on 19th and 20th November, 2010 at the National Theatre.

Touching on the present day Ghanaian movie industry, Anima said it is complex and that she had thought with the strong foundation they started with, the current industry could have continued from there. She however reckoned that there was a huge gap afterwards [affecting its current standard of movies].

Story by Ernest Dela Aglanu/