A graduate of Ghallywood receiving an award
The Ghallywood Academy of Film Acting, one of the pioneering film acting and training schools in the country, would soon launch its own radio and television stations.
The President of the academy, William Akuffo, who made the announcement, said this would provide content that would be positive and uplifting, unite Ghanaians and encourage all to bond as a people with one destiny.
Speaking at the school’s 5th graduation ceremony held last Saturday at the academy’s African at Dawa on the Aflao road, Mr. Akuffo bemoaned the trend where only negative items make news in the country, to the neglect of positive ones that would benefit the majority of Ghanaians.
“Ghallywood TV will change all these and provide news from all over the districts, news that will impact on our people positively and encourage them to do only what will move our country forward”
The graduating class was the fifth batch of the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) Youth in Film Making Module.
The ceremony, themed “The nation’s preparations for a peaceful election: The role of the entertainment industry/media,” saw 500 students graduate after three months of study in film acting, editing, script writing, lighting and sound techniques, and other departments of film-making.
The well colourful ceremony saw students of the academy display to guests, their acting skills as they put up some brilliant acting and cultural performances to the delight of guests.
Mr. Akuffo charged the graduands to use the skills and knowledge they have acquired from the academy to tell the Ghanaian story the way it should, from the districts, communities and regions.
He was full of praise for the students, saying: “It is amazing and extremely gratifying to see these young men and women who came in meek and lacking in confidence, grow in confidence and through knowledge, gain strength and self-esteem with their talents and skills sharpened to face the hazards of the job.”
Willie Akuffo assured the academy would continue to produce more champions in the film and entertainment industry, who will lead the crusade in turning the industry into one that will be the envy of the continent.
He mentioned some past students of the academy as Majid Michel, who won the best actor award at the African Movie Awards recently, Akua, the reigning Ghana’s Most Beautiful, Noella Wiyaala of Vodafone Icons’ Black and Peace fame, and Miss Ahiama.
The national Coordinator of the NYEP, Mr. Abuga Pele, in a speech read for him, expressed confidence that the crop of new professional film-makers and practitioners would go to improve the quality of film-making in the country.
He was happy that the NYEP and Ghallywood have been able to empower the youth to employ themselves, adding that the NYEP and government would continue to offer its support in the area of self-employment.
The Director of Television of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Mike Amon Kwafo, commended the academy for putting into action, all the talk about improving the movie industry.
He urged the students to be disciplined and place a high value on themselves, since “the value you place on yourself is what the world would place on you.” The function was chaired by the President of the Ghana Association of Writers, Kwesi Gyan Apenteng.