The local wing of Ghana’s movie industry, Kumawood, has been hit by allegations of tribalism. Actress, Agnes Abban has alleged that some producers deliberately sideline actors and actress based on their tribes.
Using herself as an example, she said she has been denied roles because she doesn’t speak Asante Twi language.
“The movie producers don’t call me for roles in the movie industry because I speak Fante and not Asante Twi. You don’t get a role in the movie industry if you don’t speak Asante Twi,” she told Accra-based Kasapa FM.
She explained that she has been forced to relocate Takoradi where speaking Fante language is accepted by movie producers.
“The movie is being sold like dokono (kenkey). Because of that, I had to leave to Takoradi. In Takoradi, I am accepted and treated like an MP because of movie,” she added.
In recent years, there have been similar allegations from some local actors and actresses in Ghana.
Veteran actor Clement Bonney once claimed he was sideline by Kumawood producers after declaring his support for the then ruling NDC government.
He said such an attitude equally affects the movie industry since it has reduced the quality and excitement a viewer needs to derive from watching the local movies.
In his view, actors and actresses should be given the freedom to work irrespective of their backgrounds, tribes and political affiliations.