Finally, Ghanaian movie producers and directors have thought it wise to come up with a movie that celebrates the lives and tells the story of Ghana’s legends and past heroes.
A new movie, ‘Okomfo Anokye’, which tells the story of Okomfo Anokye, a legendary Ashanti priest and co-founder of the Ashanti Kingdom has been produced by the Kumasi based Paul Adjei, Chief Executive of Paul Gee Productions and the movie has been invited for the 66th Cannes Film Festival in France.
Interestingly, the ‘Okomfo Anokye’ character was played by ace comedian Agya Koo and was directed by Best Film Director (Twi category) in Ghana movie awards 2012, Frank Gharbin.
Other stars in the movie include Akrobeto as Ntim Gyakari, Kyeiwaa as Okomfo Anokye’s mother, Lil Win, among other seasoned stars.
It tells the story of how Okomfo Anokye was born in Awukugua-Akuapim, in the Eastern Region with both palms joined together and literally inseparable.
His father, Ano and mother Yaa Anubea were both from Awukugua-Akuapim and were all part of the Ayade tribe. Curious to know what he was holding in his hands, his parents tried to separate both palms but to no avail.
About two years into his childhood, his palms opened only to be found in them, totem poles, believed to be from the gods.
There are several controversies and mysteries surrounding the origin, birth, wonders and death of Okomfo Anokye, and that is what motivated Paul Gee to retell the untold tales of Okomfo Anokye.
‘Okomfo Anokye’ is an intriguing story with eye popping special effects and great historical setting. It is a movie that stands the chance of getting nominations in a lot of movie awards in the future.
Paul Adjei was the first Twi oriented film producer to submit his movie for an international film festival and also won an award in ZAAFA (UK).
Speaking at a pre-screening press conference for the movie, Paul Adjei told the media he had problems with the kind of movies majority of Ghanaian film producers were shooting. “Majority of Ghanaian film producers are shooting stupid movies and that hinders people from recognizing the good ones coming from Kumasi,” Paul Gee said.
“Don’t forget the more we shoot trash movies, the more we get the bad names, but the more we shoot good movies and few bad ones, the world will reorganize our industry and notice that good stories are being told in Ghanaian movies,” he added.
He suggested that the only way this challenge could be solved is to have a strong Censorship Board where the government could come in and if possible, ban bad movies from entering the market for patronage.