Veteran actress Ms Akofa Edjeani
has called on government to enforce the National Film Authority (NFA) Law to ensure
that the art industry is imbibed with ethics without adopting foreign culture.
That, she said would promote the
creation of a conducive environment for local production, distribution,
exhibition and marketing of films as well as preserving the nation’s culture
from foreign invasion.
The actress noted that when the
law is passed, it would encourage the use of films to project the identity and
culture of Ghana and the way of life of its citizens.
“Now actresses and musicians wear skimpy and
body appealing clothes that don’t depict our culture, it is destroying the
generation and corrupting the fine system we have,” she stressed.
Speaking with Times
Weekend in Accra on Thursday, the actress who also doubles as the treasurer of the Ghana
Culture Forum and the Convener of Calabash Arts indicated that culture was the
soul of every nation and was therefore relevant in every country’s development hence
the need to preserve it to retain the nation’s heritage.
“A country without culture is a
generation with no past knowledge of their history, therefore, this generation
must be reoriented on the past history of the land,” she added.
Ms Edjeani further stated that
culture should not be idolised but rather be deepened for people to be able to
distinguish themselves and their region from others since each region had its
own peculiar and rich culture.
According to her, when the NFA law
was passed, it would go a long way to monitor the art industry to instil
discipline whilst also refining the content they produced to the outside world.
Ms Edjeani explained that
musicians, actors and actresses are followed by the mass and they have the
tendency to change trends, shape and preserve culture, adding that the media
should supplement the effort by telecasting 70 per cent of the local content
and 30 per cent of foreign content.
She maintained that the arts and culture sector would be strengthened if the key players come together to promote made-in-Ghana goods to the world and urged parents to speak the local dialect with their wards.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE