Ace broadcaster and actor Amankwah Ampofo has disclosed that producers of 1980s hit local television series, Obra is in dire need of financial help to save the series from collapsing.
According to him, funds the government of Ghana through the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation allocate for the production of the series is inadequate and it affecting production.
Due to this situation, he said, scriptwriters have to abandon creative ideas aimed at rejuvenating the series to make it more lively.
Speaking on Legends on TV XYZ hosted by Agyemang Prempeh on Sunday, 2 August 2020, he admitted that viewership of the Obra series has drastically decreased.
“It’s not attractive. Let me cite an example; when you’re a child, your face is smooth at a certain stage it wrinkles everyone sees you are aged. I don’t see anything wrong [with Obra] it been years,” he said.
He disclosed that, as a scriptwriter for the Obra series, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation is owing him millions of cedis being cost for production.
Talking about how the family friendly series could be rejuvenated, Mr Ampofo said, “We can rebrand it, it’s all about monetary issues. At a point when Maame Dokono joined politics, I was the leader. I brought an idea. The idea was if there’s a star like Fred Amugu then we feature him in the series though he’s not part of the cast he will play the leading role. Akorfa was star of the week. We can call Lilwin, apart from Lilwin, Shatta Wale can act wayward in the series.
“As the scriptwriter I brought the idea but it was like financial issues. GBC wasn’t helping. It gained grounds that the various newspapers threw the spotlight on ‘Who’s The Next Guest?’ It was good initiative. Now if you suggest an idea we can carry on with it but financial issues.”
“We can still change the style,” Mr Ampofo added.
On why the production isn’t considering privatization despite inadequate funding for the series, he said, “it’s possible but GBC will come in. It is their baby.”
To him, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation has been hindrance to the progress of Obra because they’re not willing to invest in the series but will reject any privatization move.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams /myxyzonline.com/Ghana