Movies Wed, 16 Feb 2011

Ghana Movie Awards Car "Rots" At Golden Tulip

On a relatively small four-square piece of land, right on the front compound of the plush Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra, sits a very beautiful yet dusty (or is it dirty?) ‘property’ suffering the grim consequences of a needless deadlock.

This is a deadlock that has come about because the people directly involved, except one, have blatantly refused to see reason with each other, to arrive at a compromise if not a solution.

Wondering what Spectator Agoro is talking about here? Well, it is about the baffling excess that the maiden Ghana Movie Awards (GMA) held exactly seven weeks ago at eh Accra international Conference Centre, has left the country’s movie industry.

For the past weeks since January 26, the organisers of the award have tried reluctantly and unsuccessfully to unlock a puzzle they created themselves when they awarded one car to four actresses “to share,” when they could have as well explored other available options.

Admission is that, four actresses – Juliet Ibrahim, Roselyn Ngissah, Jackie Appiah and Yvonne Okoro – winning one award) Best Actress), is nothing unheard of in Ghana today, at least with the experience from last year’s Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in Nigeria still fresh in the mind.

With the AMAA’s, three Ghanaian actresses – Jackie Appiah, Lydia Forson and Naa Ashorkor Doku-Mensah – collectively won the same award (Best Actress in Lead Role) for their individual efforts in Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s blockbuster Perfect Picture.

That experience, with its entire attendant rumpus over who really won the award among the three pretty actresses, has come and gone.

But exactly a year on, another four Ghanaian actresses, including the same Jackie Appiah, win one award, this time around in their home country and, despite all the individual reservations expressed by the public, it is now welcomed as an usual development.

What, however, still continues to baffle both movie-lovers and critics alike, remains how to ‘share’ the one car among the four actresses, in addition to the individual gold-plated statuettes given them in recognition of their ‘stock lead characterisation in the movie 4Play, produced Abdul Salam-Mumuni of the renowned Venus Films Production.

Many have initially suggested that since it was near-impossible to share one car among four rightful owners, the car be sold and the financial proceeds rather share. But such idea was never to be, as the organisers had given a ‘clause’ that the car could be sold only after a year.

This forced the actresses to refer the issue to the same organisers for advice, form which more is yet to be seen any worthwhile outcome. Consequently, the car has remained ‘grounded’ at the Golden Tulip Hotel where it was parked on Wednesday January 26, when a brief ceremony was organised to ostensibly give out eh car to the ‘owners.’

The car is everyday gathering dust and it is now dirty, far beyond the recognition of any person who knows nothing about how it came there, except the award’s logo which is embossed on the gates of the one-door, four-wheeled Zoyte Nomad II drive.

Interestingly, Jackie Appiah has announced a pull-out of the ‘car-sharing’ business, a decision which has boosted her public image as a mature, selfless actress to forever be emulated by some of her contemporaries.

Yet questions about how to share the car continue to engage public (and media) attention, with sections voicing loudly that since Juliet Ibrahim and Yvonne Okoro have personal cars to themselves, they should also pull out and leave the car to Roselyn Ngissah who has none.

That would have been very welcoming, but Juliet and Yvonne are, in all fairness and sincerity, not Jackie Appiah. What, therefore, MUST be done is for the organisers to CONSCIOUSLY help the situation by softening their ground with an AMENDMENT of the so-called CLAUSE that permits the car’s sell-out only after a year.

It is only in such action that Spectator Agoro sees a solution or compromise in sight, at least for now. Meantime, the ‘dirty’ car should be rid of the dust swallowing it up, and probably removed from where it is parked to save the press some ink.

Source: The Spectator/Ghana