Foreign telenovelas translated in Twi is gradually taking over TV screens in Ghana and this has been largely been spoken against by many industry players.
Despite the constant talk against the new trend by stakeholders, no policy has been taken to stop or reduce the rate at which it is shown on TV. This has pushed movie makers in the country to plan a demonstration against telenovelas translated in Twi languages.
The Film Producers Association of Ghana will stage a demonstration on Thursday, August 31 in Kumasi to protest against Kumkum Bagya and others. The ‘Yegye Y’adee’ campaign to fight against ‘Twinovelas’ will commence from the Cultural Center. The movie producers, actors and stakeholders will walk through the streets of Kumasi.
In a petition sent to Otumfour Osei Tutu to stage the march, the group stated that “the current incessant influx of diverse telenovela programs on our national screens which indent on the progress of the Local Movie Industry of the Nation as well as having bad repercussions on the Akan culture.”
Read the petition below:
“HIS ROYAL MAJESTY,
OTUMFUO OSEI TUTU II,
THE ROYAL HEAD OF THE ASHANTI KINGDOM
HIS ROYAL MAJESTY
PETITION TO STAGE A STREET DEMONSTRATION – Ref: The Influx of Telenovela Programs on our TV Screens
The National Executive of FIPAG would like to stage a public protest in Kumasi on the ………. Day of ……….. 2017. This move is to appeal and prevail on His Royal Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II about the current incessant influx of diverse telenovela programs on our national screens which indent on the progress of the Local Movie Industry of the Nation as well as having bad repercussions on the Akan culture.
The planned demonstration is scheduled to take place as per the above stated date, at ………….am/pm from the …………………… street to ………………….where ourfinal petition would be presented by the Group President/Secretary.
We humbly submit this petition to His Majesty and a subsequent notice be served to the Regional Commander of Police in compliance with the Public Order Act 1994 (ACT 491) Section 1 of Ghana that makes it mandatory for everyone or group or organization who wishes inter-alia to stage any Special Public Event to notify the Police 5 days before the said Special Event.
The concerns of your royal subjects that have induced this envisaged demonstration are as per the details below mentioned;