President Akuffo Addo graces the first Africa Cinema Summit in Ghana next week

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Ghana’s president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will be present at the inaugural Africa Cinema Summit (ACS), which is set to happen from Tuesday, November 14–16 at the Movenpick Hotel in Accra.

The two-day event, which is the first of its kind in Africa, is a major component of the Ghana Cinema Agenda, a project started by the National Film Authority of Ghana (NFA) to revitalize the country’s film industry since the organization’s founding in December 2019.

Major participants and decision-makers, including government representatives, film authorities, and commissions from several African nations, are anticipated to convene at the Africa Cinema Summit to discuss solutions to the sector’s problems.

The summit will be attended by more than 20 African nations as well as numerous international participants, such as Uganda, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Nigeria.

These include the Association of Nigerian Cinemas (CEAN), Century Cinemax, the biggest theater operator in East Africa, Stekinokor in South Africa, Canal Olympio, and Pathe in French Africa. (See also: Ghana organizes the first-ever Africa film summit in November.)

Additionally, at the summit, Warner Brothers will debut the suspenseful American musical drama film, The Color Purple, which is a coming-of-age story directed by Ghanaian filmmaker Blitz Bazawule.

President Akufo-Addo’s choice to attend the first Academy Awards ceremony emphasizes how important Ghana is to the film industry and opens doors for appropriate laws and regulations to advance the cause.

The film and creative industry, with a predicted value of over $20 billion, is the greatest employer in Africa, according to the 2021 UNESCO study.

The research also points out that only 1,700 screens are found in Africa, a continent with 1.4 billion people. This indicates that a little more than 80% of people have never gone to the movies.

The situation might be worse in Ghana, where there are only five operating theaters serving more than 35 million people in the Greater and Ashanti regions.

Undoubtedly, there are still a lot of gaps in this regard, notably in terms of money, infrastructure, and professional and specialized training. President

Thus, the summit—which is being arranged by the NFA in collaboration with Filmhouse Group and Silverbird Cinemas, Ghana—fits into the larger plan and goals to emphasize prospects for the expansion of theaters and the necessary roles that participants in the industry must play.

In a similar vein, the Africa Cinema Summit will offer a forum for global industry participants to exchange ideas and investigate prospects and issues within the African film industry. President

The conference is “premised on the two pillars of content growth and cinema screen growth on the continent,” according to Juliet Yaa Asantewa Asante, the CEO of NFA and the person who organized it.

“ACS must develop into a national and continental conversation, and we should be honored to have worked so hard to make this happen—not just for Ghana, but for the whole African continent.

“Everyone must participate in this discussion. From the market woman, teacher, student, business organization, and, of course, the government. President

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