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Actor Bill Asamoah Joins 30 Other Celebrities In The Office Of Tourism Ambassadorship.

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The Ashanti Regional President of the Ghana Actors Guild, Mr. Bill Asamoah has revealed that, he is willing to inculcate a sense of national pride, foster tourism through movies and expose indigenous Ghanaian movies fusion to it diaspora.

According to the celebrated Kumawood actor, he is going to ensure the promotion of Ghana to the world through quality movies, and enhance the business the aspect of film making to adhere investors in to the country, adding that, he is also inclined towards elevating Government policies and agenda through Ghanaians films.

Mr. Asamoah made this statements, after the Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority, appointed the Kumawood movie star, who doubles as Ashanti Regional President of the Ghana Actors Guild, one of the country’s most phenomenal entertainment moguls as Tourism Ambassador.

After several months of deliberating and contemplating, Kumawood unanimously nominated Mr. Bill Asamoah and urged the Tourism Ministry and the Ghana Tourism Authority to hand over the baton and enable him run the affairs at the office as an ambassador.

Celebrities have the power to reach thousands and millions of people through their social media platforms and Mr. Bill Asamoah by far has proven himself to be not just an exceptional entertainer but an incredible businessman as well. The Tourism Ministry appointed 30 celebrities as Tourism Ambassadors.

This endeavor is meant to carry on the momentum currently prevailing in the tourism industry where according to the figures released by the Ghana Tourism Authority, the country received about 2,7 million tourists in 2018, surpassing the peak recorded in the initial stages.

In 2013, the direct contribution of the Travel & Tour industry to Ghana’s GDP was US$1.34 billion, representing 2.8% of GDP. The number of jobs directly supported by tourism was 124,000 and Travel & Tour investment amounted to US$303 million in 2013.

Ghana’s tourism industry development indicators have increased over the years. International tourist receipts increased from US$970 million in 2008 to US$1,068 in 2013. The number of annual international visitors to Ghana is now roughly 950,000 and is expected to grow to 1.5 million by 2024.

Confirming his appointment via Facebook, the Minister incharge of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Madam Catherine Afeku stated that, the Nana Akufo-Addo led New Patriotic Party government has not neglected the people of Kumasi as far as Tourism, Arts and Culture development is the Centre of concentration.

Madam Catherine Afeku revealed that, the ruling New Patriotic Government is undoubtedly going the extra mile to achieve their very best to make the Tourism, Arts and Culture, alongside the Creative Arts industry attractive and appealing for both local and foreign investors.

By: Gerrard-Israel

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Jussie Smollett Gets Dropped By “Empire” For Season’s Final 2 Episodes.

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In the wake of Jussie Smollett‘s arrest, his character “Jamal” has now been dropped from the last two episodes of the current season of TV show Empire.

A statement jointly released Friday by the executive producers of the show, Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Gazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer confirmed the decision to remove the role.

The executive producers of the show said the decision was to prevent further disruption on set.

“While these allegations are very disturbing, we’re placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out,” a part of the statement read.

“We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of “Jamal” from the final two episodes of the season.”

The Empire show is presently in its fifth season.

Jussie Smollett turned himself over to the police after allegedly lying that he was attacked by two persons hurling homophobic and racial slurs.

Police are claiming the actor staged the attack due to dissatisfaction with his pay.

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Checkout ‘Ratnik’, Nollywood’s Action Film You Didn’t Know You Needed; Watch Trailer.

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Watch the dramatic teaser from Nigerian filmmaker Dimeji Ajibola.

A film 2 years in the making is yet another cinematic moment contributing to the growing diversity of subgenres in the Nollywood industry.

Ratnik is a dystopian action film from Nigerian filmmaker Dimeji Ajibola his production company Flipsyde Studios. The teaser recently dropped this month ahead of the official trailer—and from this 1-minute clip we're anticipating suspense, explosions, peculiar superhero characters and impressive vfx that we're seeing more of in Nigerian films.

As Konbini notes, we get a glimpse of a few of the star-studded cast members of Ratnik, featuring Bolanle Ninalowo, Osas Ighodaro, Meg Otanwa, Karibi Fubara, Ani Iyoho and Adunni Ade.

"From the moment I read the first scene I said to myself, 'How the hell can anyone achieve this in Nigeria?'" Ninalowo says in a recap clip about his experience shooting the film. "The shots are ridiculous, the locations are out of this world—I mean, this is Hollywood in Nollywood."

After watching this clip, what we're to expect in Ratnik will indeed be unique compared to the go-to romcom formula that's proven to be lucrative in Nollywood. But for now, we'll have to exercise a bit more patience to get a better sense of the plot of the film, as well as its release date.

Source: OkayAfrica.com

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Ghanaian Movie ‘The Burial Of Kojo’ Gets Acquired By Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY, Set To Premiere On Netflix.

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Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing continues to give shine to underrepresented voices and stories by people of color and women with their latest acquisition, The Burial of Kojo from musical artist and filmmaker Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule. This marks the 22nd acquisition for ARRAY which has become an epicenter of independent film driven by inclusive storytelling. ARRAY has acquired distribution rights for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. The Burial of Kojo will debut on Netflix March 31 in tandem with a national screening tour. DuVernay made the announcement online Friday.

The Burial of Kojo is an official selection of the 2019 Pan African Film Festival and the 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Winner. Marking his feature debut, Bazawule tells the story of two brothers through the eyes of a gifted girl who travels beautiful lands that exist between life and death. The trailer above shows Bazwule’s stunning vision of the familial narrative through the lens of magical realism and Afrofuturism.

“Through his fantastic film, director Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule weaves African mythology and socio-political issues into a stunning tapestry punctuated by both drama and dreams,” says ARRAY’s Vice President Tilane Jones. “We are proud to present the gorgeous Ghanaian film, The Burial of Kojo, as our 22nd ARRAY acquisition.”

This adds to ARRAY’s robust roster of films including the recently acquired MERATA: How Mum Decolonised the Screen from Heperi Mita which spotlights the life and work of his mother Merata Mita. An activist, she became a longtime Sundance Institute advisor and was the first Indigenous woman in the world to direct a film on her own. ARRAY acquired the title last month during the Sundance Film Festival when the documentary made its debut. Prior to MERATA, ARRAY acquired Lisa France’s feature documentary debut Roll With Me, which chronicles recovering addict and paraplegic Gabriel Cordell’s momentous journey to become the first person to roll an unmodified wheelchair across America. The docu made its premiere on Dec. 1 on Netflix.

The Burial of Kojo deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano on behalf of ARRAY as well as Samuel Wilson of Salzano, Jackson & Lampert, LLP for the filmmaker.

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“The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” Premieres During Berlin Film Festival. Watch Trailer.

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Big ups to Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The 41-year-old actor has premiered his directorial debut film, The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, during the 2019 Berlin Film Festival on Tuesday (February 12) in Berlin, Germany.

Chiwetel attended the premiere with his co-stars Aissa Maiga and Maxwell Simba, as well as William Kamkwamba, who wrote the book that inspired the movie.

BERLIN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Author William Kamkwamba, director Chiwetel Ejiofor, and actors Aissa Maiga and Maxwell Simba pose at the photocall for the Netflix film “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 12, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Netflix)

BERLIN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Producer Gail Egan, casting director Alexa Fogel, author William Kamkwamba, director Chiwetel Ejiofor, actress Aissa Maiga, actor Maxwell Simba and producer Andrea Calderwood pose at the photocall for the Netflix film “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 12, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Netflix)

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, set to debut on Netflix in March, is a real-life story about a 13-year-old boy who, inspired by a science book, builds a wind turbine to save his Malawian village from famine.

Source: BellaNaija.com

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