Gh. Local Actors Can’t Speak English But…Patience Ozokwor

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Well-known Nigerian actress, Patience Ozokwor is said to have been surprised when she jetted to Ghana for a movie shoot alongside her Ghanaian counterparts only to realize that they couldn’t speak English.

She made this revelation when she addressed the press who were present to witness the screening of a new movie, ‘Sundiata’ which will be officially released this week. She’s currently on set shooting another movie.

At the press conference, she expressed how happy she was to be in Ghana and to be shooting in Ghana. “It was nice shooting in Ghana, and though I never knew I was coming to shoot with local actors who can’t read English, I must confess they have really worked hard to a very professional level,” she intimated.

When Razz Newspaper questioned her if she was not given her script before coming to Ghana, based on her assertion that she never knew she was coming to shoot with movie makers who can’t speak English; she explained that she was given a script in English but she was not notified that the people she was coming to act with couldn’t speak English.

She also stated that the local movie producers need to be encouraged and motivated to come out with their best.

She added that, she’s glad things are changing in Africa – where Ghana is taking the steps to use and trade with its local language through movies. She shared the notion that Bollywood is second in the world when it comes to movies but they use their local language more in their movies.

“Bollywood is second when it comes to movie making in the world. They use their local language to shoot which tells you that is not bad for an industry to use local language to shoot movies,” she revealed.

She also used the opportunity to advice people who laugh at Africans who can’t speak proper English. “When one makes mistakes in English, the whole country laugh at the person, but we forget it’s not our language but rather it’s the white man who forced us to learn it; so if Africa needs to grow, one of the things we can grow with, is our language, ”she emphasized.

Talking about Ghana-Nigeria collaboration, she confirmed that, she’s not aware that Ghana and Nigeria are having an industrial problem when it comes to collaborations. “I am not aware that Ghana and Nigeria are having a rivalry when it comes to working together. If there is any problem, do you think I will be in Ghana shooting? Or Van Vicker could go to Nigeria to shoot?” she asked rhetorically.

She explained that she’s aware the sales of West African movies have dropped, and that’s making both countries to take decisions which might not favorable, but aside that, there’s no problem between both countries.

To her, Ghana and Nigeria are like ‘twins’ so the media should not fuel any ‘non-existing-rivalry between both countries. Currently she’s on set shooting with Kwadwo Nkansah aka Lil Win, Akrobeto, Maame Serwaa, Rose Mensah and other Kumawood actors.

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Source : Razz Newspaper


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