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Television, show case and Films: A Ghanaian perspective


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Experiencing childhood in Ghana as a youngster was energizing. It was the last part of the 70s into the 80s. Staring at the TV was extraordinary fun, brimming with brilliant shows and projects.

My soonest recollections go to “Fine the Bush Kangaroo”, “The Saint”- Simon Templar was the fundamental character and composed by Leslie Charteris – distributed in 1928 and 1963. Three men throughout the years have gone about as “The Saint”. The incomparable Roger Moore, Ian Ogilvy and Simon Dutton. “The Spy who adores me” by Ian Fleming, featuring Roger Moore as the lead man, “The Cosby Show”, “Various Strokes “including Gary Coleman, and movies like “Oil” “Sound of Music”, ” Bruce Lee-The Way of the Dragon”, Indian Movies and on the nearby scene-“Osofo Dadzie”, “Obra”, “Show Case in Ga, driven by Oketeku Dade Mensah or Ataa Mensah-Ebenezer Lartey, “Show Case in Ewe” drove by the one who calls himself “Rainbow Speaking”, Kwaw Ansah’s Movies, “Love Brewed in an African Pot” ” Heritage Africa”, and so forth.

These shows were a topic of conversation among my companions at break time at Forces Primary School, Burma Camp Accra. A portion of my companions were Felix Dentu, Emmanuel Tettey (Dr.), Lynn Sharpe, Andrews Addy, Mabel Daley, Bridget Opata, Bright Obimpey, Oswald Mensah, Stanley Sam, Peter Ansah, George Sarpong, Mandy Oteng, Margaret Ansah, Cephas Tekpor, Asilfi Quaye, Emmanuel Torsu and my cousin Stephen Ayrakwa (Dr.).

Fine the Bush Kangaroo energized me so much since it was about a Bush Kangaroo which was a pet of a little fellow. They did ” cool things” together and when the kid was in a difficult situation he was spared by the Kangaroo. For me, as a little fellow who didn’t think a lot about Australia and Kangaroos, and seeing on TV that, it was feasible for a young man to have a pet like a Kangaroo was entrancing and energizing. It truly overwhelmed my psyche to the incredible universe of creative mind about the timberland around me and maybe with a Kangaroo close by it is highly unlikely any one (kid or young lady) could lift their hands at me.

For sure, I was additionally infatuated with “The Spy who adores me”. Ian Fleming had an awesome method of introducing characters that, made James Bond undetectable and indestructible and Roger Moore-my preferred James Bond had a canning method of diving into the character – he made things appear to be easy and genuine. He was consistently a magnum opus, valiant and entrancing entertainer to see.

The Cosby Show was a work of art, despite what Bill Cosby’s life has ended up being. May his transgressions be excused. In any case, the show was a daring depiction of what a ” African American family” could be – respectful, responsible, mentally and expertly cultivated and capable. Maybe, the show may have made ready and engaged numerous Americans that, a Black individual could be the head of the free world – thus the coming full circle appointment of Barack Obama as president in 2008.

Various Strokes was an American sitcom TV arrangement that circulated on NBC from November 1978 to May 1985 and on ABC from September 1985 to March 1986 and appeared on Ghanaian TV. The arrangement featured Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as Arnold Jackson and Willis Jackson. These two youthful African-American siblings were from

Harlem taken in by a rich white Park Avenue business big shot – Philip Drummond (Conrad Bain)

who was a single man and his girl Kimberly (Dana Plato), for whom the young men perished mother had been a worker.

The arrangement made stars out of Coleman, Bridges and Plato and got known for the “extremely unique scenes” in which difficult issues, for example, prejudice, unlawful medication use, liquor addiction, bumming a ride, grabbing and youngster sexual maltreatment were significantly investigated. The lives of these stars were later tormented by lawful inconveniences, feelings, illicit drug use and budgetary ruin with Plato and Coleman enduring early passings in 1999 and 2010, individually. Tood Bridges seems, by all accounts, to be the main cast individual from the four fundamental characters living today.

Another incredible film seen on Ghanaian TV was Grease. It was a brilliant American melodic satire delivered in 1978, including Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Olivia Newton John as Sandy Olsson, an international student from Australia concentrating in America. Danny and Sandy experience passionate feelings for however face difficulties to guard their relationship. However, they contend energetically to solidify their affection regardless of the chances against them. The film additionally highlighted Stockard Channing as Betty Rizzo, the head of the Pink women. The dressing, hair styles and the collapsing of sleeves of shirts was one of the numerous things little fellows of my age in our days needed to copy. For me, I generally enjoyed the melodies. “Summer Nights”.

“Summer adoring had me an impact

Summer adoring happened so quick

I met a young lady insane for me

Met a kid adorable as anyone might think possible

Summer days floating away to gracious goodness the mid year evenings

Disclose to me more, reveal to me more

Did you get much of anywhere

Disclose to me more, reveal to me more

Like does he have a vehicle

She swam by me she got a spasm

He ran by me got my suit moist

I spared her life she almost suffocated

He flaunted sprinkling around

Summer sun somethings started however goodness gracious the late spring evenings

Reveal to me more, disclose to me more

Was it unexplainable adoration?

Reveal to me more, disclose to me more

Did she set up a battle?”.

Sound of Music was another exemplary film that charmed our consideration on Ghanaian TV. It was an account of an Austrian Army Officer who was being called to obligation however had as of late lost his significant other. The family was in grieving and Captain Von Trapp ( the Canadian Legend – Christopher Plummer) didn’t have any desire to leave his youngsters. The group of 7 small kids required a gatekeeper. The congregation, sent a youthful wonderful cloister adherent – Maria (Julie Andrews) to enable the Army To official deal with the family. Simultaneously, the Captain Von Trapp goes gaga for Maria and weds her. What was intriguing about the story is the numerous magnificent melodies that are sung all through the film – making it charming and wonderful to watch. The most well known tune in the ” Sound of Music” was –

” Do Re Mi”

“How about we start at the earliest reference point

An excellent spot to begin

At the point when you read you start with ABC

At the point when you sing you start with Do, Re, Mi, Do, Re, Mi

The initial three notes simply happen to be

Do, Re, Mi, Do, Re, Mi

Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Te

Goodness how about we check whether I can make it simpler

Do-A deer, a female deer

Re-A drop of brilliant sun

Mi-A name I call myself

Fa-A long, long approach to run

So-A needle pulling string

La-A note to follow so

Te-A beverage with jam and bread

That will take us back to Do, gracious, goodness, goodness

Do-A deer, a female deer

Re-A drop of brilliant sun

Mi-A name I call myself

Fa-A long, long approach to run

So-A needle pulling string

La-A note to follow so

Te-A beverage with jam and bread….”

Chinese motion pictures were captivating as well. Especially, Bruce Lee’s motion pictures ” Enter the Dragon” or ” The Way of Dragon ” acquainted us with the oriental culture and the intensity of ” Kungfu “. It was unfathomable to watch him show his hand to hand fighting abilities and how he escaped inconvenience whenever he was cornered by his foes. He was imperceptible.

Indian motion pictures were similarly energizing and mainstream in Ghana during the 1980s too. The accounts for the most part talked about affection, generosity, family and the general lndian culture. Indian melodies and move moves were sparkling and charming. You were unable to complete an Indian film without being moved or stuck to the TV. It ventured profound into your spirit.

On the neighborhood scene, the Osofo Dadzie show was the movement setter on Ghanaian TV. The gathering was driven by Frimpong Manso. Other cast individuals were S.K. Oppong, Kwadjo Kwakye, Fred Addai, Akua Boahema, Kingsley Kofi Kyeremanting – otherwise known as Ajos, Bee Kisi, Akora Badu and

Asonaba Kwaku Darko – otherwise known as Super OD. Every one of these cast individuals were characters of their own. The show handled many testing issues of the time. The show was now and then a representation or parody for some terrible/freak conduct appeared by a lawmaker or a boss or an educator or a minister or consistently Joe in the family, network or society when all is said in done. The show held the ethical high ground to censure or applause some great deed saw in the general public. Furthermore, surely, it was the last referee for judgment or the teller of reality. In such manner, the Osofo Dadzie show held a genuine influence on general sentiment and denouncement of awful conduct. It’s particular tune by the Osibisa Band says everything.

“We are going, Heaven knows where we going

We know we’re there.

We are going, Heaven knows where we are going, we know we’re

We will arrive, Heaven knows how we will arrive, We realize we will”

The Obra show – featuring Grace Omaboe, David Dontor, and so forth and other TV shows continued a similar way catching basic top stories. Also, in some cases, gave Osofo Dadzie a run for their cash and supported quality programming and substance.

Strangely, The Ewe show by Rainbow and his gathering included a little chomp and kind of the Ewe culture which depicted Rainbow as a ” all knowing man” and a prevailing character who needed to have the last say in any delibrations at home or the work place or the network. He was very intense and definitive, yet a decent pioneer brimming with numerous thoughts which ought to be given basic thought.

The Showcase in Ga was driven by the unyielding Ataa Mensah – Ebenezer Lartey who was the head of the Adabraka Drama Troupe. They engaged Ghanaians in the Ga language. Ataa Mensah was the support of the gathering and his exhibitions were interweaved with singing and striking acting which was amazing and energizing to watch. It was likewise brimming with humor, giggling and life exercises.

Kwaw Ansah’s films were similarly captivating and educative on Ghanaian TV. Despite the fact that these motion pictures were at first appeared in broad daylight and private venues like, Art Council, Ghana Film Theater, Rex Cinema, Roxy Cinema, Regal Cinema, Global Cinema, Orion Cinema, Lascala Cinema-Teshie-Nungua, North Star Cinema, Oxford Cinema, and so on, all on account of business reasons and private speculation purposes, they we


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