Segun Arinze, a renowned Nigerian actor, believes that cinema may be used to effect political change.
The actor, who was in Ghana for the African Movie Academy Awards press event on Sunday at the IBIS Style Hotel, feels that cinema has the power to unify Africa.
“Film always unites, ignites passion, it becomes the voice for the masses, the downtrodden. They use it as a platform to say we can relate to what we saw in this film. Film is a veritable thing for a change in governance,” he said in an interview with Joy Entertainment.
When asked if that transformation has occurred in Africa, Segun Arinze stated that change is a slow process that cannot be anticipated to occur overnight.
As a result, he advised filmmakers to keep knocking on government doors, adding that they will ultimately provide a listening ear.
“It is a gradual process, it is just that sometimes the leaders also play deaf and dumb and pretend that they are not seeing but they see.”
The Africa Movie Academy Awards are in its 19th year this year.
Meanwhile, Kofi Adjorlolo, an actor, has voiced displeasure in Ghana after failing to receive a single nomination for this year’s event.
According to him, Ghana’s inability to receive a nomination at the continental cinema awards gala was a disgrace and a reflection of the country’s deteriorating film quality.
“I’m not happy. It doesn’t make me happy. And actually, I should be ashamed. Apparently, I am not a filmmaker, I am not a producer, and this is so shameful. We have done films in this country since last year, most of the films are not up to standard. It clearly shows and this is it because if they were up to standard, AMAA will definitely nominate one or two films from Ghana,” he said.