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Ghana movie Awards: The impact it has on the industry + list of 2013 winners

In some parts of the world exists ceremonies specifically designed to applaud and rewards excellence in cinema.

Such events brings recognition, and secondly encouragement to producers, directors and actors to get better as their work is been appreciated and recognised in their own country.

In the United States, there is the Academy Awards also known as ‘ The oscars’ , one of the many  ceremonies that already exists in the country with the same purpose.

In Nigeria, which holds  the 3rd largest movie industry in the world, there is the  ‘Nollywood Movie Awards’ as one of the award ceremonies in the country that aims to celebrates brilliance in the industry.

Now, this article is going to focus on the Ghanaian movie industry.

Movies have been produced in Ghana for a very long time, starting from home videos. The first ever Ghanaian film said to have been shown in the US is a 1984 movie called ‘Kukurantumi’.

The Ghanaian movie industry is one that has to crawl itself up over the years, before been fully recognised as a proper industry in Ghana.

As more creative filmmakers and directors made their way into the industry, better quality movies were produced, more productions were made, and stories were told in a better way featuring new and experienced Ghanaian actors. With hard work and dedication the industry eventually grew and expanded, gaining recognition.

In 2010, on December the 25th, ‘Ghana movie awards’  came to light.

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The first edition of the annual ceremony was well-received and attracted the majority of Ghanaians actors as well as actors in neighbouring countries, such as Nigeria.

It is an event specifically organised to reward and celebrate achievement in the Ghanaian film industry, celebrating both movies in the local language and English. Because of its initial purpose to showcase Ghanaian cinema, it was a big step for the industry. It is organised by Ghollywood Productions limited and was founded by Fred Nuamah.

” I’m happy that we’re doing something of out own, back here in Ghana.”  is what Ghanaian actress jackie Appiah said in 2010, as she attended the event.

During its second edition, in 2011, Ghanaian actor Prince David also expressed his satisfaction when asked about the ceremony “…it’s a way forward…We’re doing some quality movies in Ghana, Nigeria, in Africa so it’s an honour to be appreciated for your good works to be honoured,.. I think it’s a step in the right direction.”

Renowned actor, Van vicker in 2011 after attending the event for the first time in 2011 also said “ It’s very significant because things like this doesn’t come around here, …so it’s significant, it’s leaving its mark”

During the launch on December the 3rd, the minister for tourism, culture and creative arts, Mrs Elizabeth Ofusu-Agyare went on to say  “Ghana Movie Awards has soon become the biggest annual event in the film industry, where the entire industry looks forward to ”

However, since its formation in 2010, the annual ceremony has also received criticism in many areas from the public, such as in the way the event is organised as well as important technical issues that have been noticed before and during previous ceremonies.

But despite it all,  the Ghana movie Awards still remains an event awaited every year by the majority of Ghanaians and people in the entertainment industry.

The 4th edition of the Ghana Movie Awards took place on the 30th December, held at the Accra International conference centre.

So, here is the list of winners alongside the categories for which they were nominated for:

Best Cinematography: Northern Affair

Writing- Adapted Or Original Screenplay: Contract

Best Production Design: The Pledge

Best Directing: Shirley Frimpong Manso (Contract) ; Leila Djansi (Northern Affair)

Best Costume And Wardrobe: George Atobrah (Akomfo Anokye)

Best Editing: Northern Affair

Music- Original Music (score) : House Of Gold

Make-Up and Hair Stylist: Jude Odeh (Barima Nye Sunye)

Best African Collaboration- Best Actor: Hloma Dandala (Contract) & Francis Odega (House of Gold)

Best African Collaboration- Best Actress: Patience Ozorkwor ( Slave Boy)

Best  Sound Editing: Northern Affair

A performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role: Kwadwo Nkansah (Lilwin) – (Movie: Time Changes)

A Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role: Joselyn Dumas (Northern Affair)

A Performance By an Actor In A Leading Role: John Dumelo (Northern Affair)

A Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role: Jackie Appiah (Cheaters)

Best Picture: Northern Affair

Short Movie: Galamsey

When it comes to public votes…

Best TV Series: Heartbreak Hotel

Best Actress TV Series: Maame Esi ( Chorkor Trotro)

Best Actor TV Series: Funny Face

Well done to all the nominees and winners!

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GUBA Awards: 4th Edition thoughts!

Ghana UK-Based Achievement Awards known as GUBA is an awards ceremony founded by Dentaa Amoateng, it was launched in 2010 in the UK. It is an organisation which principal aim is to celebrate British Ghanaians and their achievements in society.

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In an interview with PANACHE-E Magazine, Dentaa Amoateng says “My inspiration came from seeing a large number of Ghanaians in this country (UK) doing exceptionally well..

The female entrepreneur had a vision, followed it and brought to existence the difference she wanted to see, the annual awards ceremony now recognises the raw talents of Ghanaian individuals, young entrepreneurs,organisations and more.

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GUBA Awards by recognising individuals is in turn being recognised by members of the community, Ghanaians and Non-Ghanaians alike, as a great platform for British Ghanaians and the African community as a whole.
The organisation has won numerous awards since its foundation, one of them been
‘The International Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Award 2013.’
Mayor of London, Boris Jonhson speaking about GUBA says: “London’s diversity is its strength, and the GUBA Awards showcase all that is great about this city.
Member of Parliament, Adam Afriyie also says: “They (GUBA) is an inspired platform, a fantastic opportunity to highlight the significant and valuable contribution British-Ghanaians make to the UK.

GUBA is not only limited to its awards ceremony, it is currently working on the ‘Guba Foundation’, an organisation that focuses on addressing issues that has to do with disability, health, poverty needs and education. “We want to provide awareness, support and guidance to families, create strong connections encouraging community cohesion, and ensure that the community have access to the services that they require.
Autism is the area they’re focusing on now, creating awareness and breaking the ‘stigma’ usually put with people with the condition by bringing support,connecting and recognising the talents of people living with the condition in the Ghanaian community.

As a 19 year old adult, it’s my ultimate joy when i see common individuals, students, teachers, entrepreneurs working hard towards their visions, goals and bringing to life things they want to see happening, with the belief that them too can make and in fact be the difference.

I was there at the 4th edition of the GUBA AWARDS which took place at the prestigious Park Plaza Hotel in London. Despite hearing and knowing a lot about GUBA, i had not gone to any of the previous ceremonies, so it was very humbling to be there in person, speaking to the humble personalities that were present also.

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An event as such that celebrates achievements of individuals should also work as a reminder and inspiration for anyone to dream higher, wants more and works hard towards reaching their goals. Nothing is impossible.

How does the GUBA AWARDS go?

First of, the nominees are put in 3 different sections representing the different colours of the Ghana flag.
There is the BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE section in red
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Followed by ENTERTAINMENT & ARTS section in yellow or Gold
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And the COMMUNITY section in green
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To make it all complete, representing the black star inside the Ghana flag there is also the ‘Special Achievement Awards’ section, members of this category are not nominated but are awarded for their achievements.

Who were the winners at the GUBA AWARDS 2013?

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BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE:

Sustainable Business Award won by: Agro Mindset Organization.
The founder, David Asiamah had a dream about agriculture and the issue of agriculture with Ghanaians not being into the field as much, and that brought about the organisation.
Changing the face and perception of agriculture in Ghana by creating projects, equipping and also improving the skills of those wanting to get into agriculture.

The telecommunications company Vodafone won in the category of Corporate Business Of the Year.

RLG Development Award won by Edward Amartey Tagoe for his work in the IT field, and his software company Nandimobile founded in 2010, it creates innovative apps that focuses on improving the communication between organisations and their consumers.

Small emerging business award won by Sheabutter Cottage

Young entrepreneur award won by Edwin Kwaku Broni-Mensah.
Edwin Kwaku Broni-Mensah won for his work in “GiveMeTap ”, an entreprise he founded in 2010 while completing his PhD, it focuses on making available clean water to people in Africa and the world who have no access to it.

Efie Ne fie award won By Debra-Jane Nelson, the founder of Think| Mahogany,an event company that also focuses on communication, production and photography.

ENTERTAINMENT & ARTS:

Music Artist of the Year award won by Fuse ODG.

African Fashion Designer of the Year: Duaba Serwa

Young and Talented Award: won by Lewis Appiagyei, aspiring Formula 1 ‘champion’, we can call him ‘the next’ Lewis Hamilton

COMMUNITY:

Rising star award: Rebecca Amissah

Charity of the Year award: Lively minds, a charity that focuses on helping deprived children in rural areas in Ghana and in Eastern Uganda.

Ghanaian association of the Year: won by Merceyside Assiociations of Ghanaians.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:

GUBA Exceptional achievement: Herman Chinery-Hesse

GUBA Outstanding Achievement: Prince Kofi Amoabeng

GUBA Community Champion: Archbishop Kwaku Manson

GUBA Enterprise Mogul: Kanya King MBE

Student Achiever Award won by Jason Ochere, who graduated with 2.1 honours in Philsophy, Politics and Economics at the university of Manchester university.

Congratulations to all the winners and persons nominated!

When i was younger, i used to think I could get inside the television if I took a shoe with a heel or whatever girlish weapon that were there and throw it into the TV screen until the television screen smashes, then i thought i could get inside it quickly and be part of everything that I saw.
Being present at the last edition of the GUBA Awards and seeing everything happening in front of my very eyes was a bit like i threw a shoe to get there, only difference is, i did not.

I promise. I chose the safest way.

Thanks for reading!

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Nadia Buari takes on directing with new movie “The Diary Of Imogen Brown”

Popular Ghanaian actress Nadia Buari has recently finished directing her first movie “The Diary of Imogen Brown” which will premiere on the 23rd of December 2013 at the conference centre in the Ghanaian capital Accra.

Earlier this year, Nollywood actor and close friend of Nadia Buari, Jim Iyke made fans curious as he gave hints on the Ghanaian actress’s new take on directing by posting detailed information about the upcoming Nadia Buari film

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Now, a few months later, on the 6th November, it seems like all doubts about the movie were cleared as the actress herself expressed her thrill and excitement on her official twitter page, revealing information about the premiere for her movie

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According to Nadia Buari’s twitter, alongside herself “The Diary Of Imogen Brown” will star Nollywood’s renowned face Jim Iyke.

As well as premiering in Accra on the 23rd December of this year, the movie will also have its premiere on the 24th of December in Takoradi and 26th December in Kumasi.

Details about the other co-stars of the anticipated movie are yet to be revealed.

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Credit pictures : @B5sNadiaBuari