Rebecca Ohene-Asah F'18

Rebecca  Ohene-Asah

Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies
University of Ghana

African Humanities Program Dissertation Fellowships 2018
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies
University of Ghana
Post-Colonial Cinema Production in Ghana: Akan Video Movies within Ghana's Cinematic Heritage

The last two decades in Ghana’s creative arts sector has witnessed a rise in Akan language video movies originating primarily from Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. The quantum of movies produced and reception have resulted in a decline of foreign movies circulation. Particularly, those of Nigerian origin which once dominated the Ghanaian cinema industry. Despite its popularity, the video products and the industry have not been widely researched. As such, their place within the intangible heritage in Ghana cannot be clearly determined. This qualitative study explores Akan language video movies as significant intangible heritage within the framework of the oldest films produced in Ghana. It focuses on language as the main heritage component in this cultural production. By comparatively analyzing relationships that may be found between the two organizations structure and products, the study will determine the heritage value of Akan language video movies in Ghana.