Actor Van Vicker , who is one of the actors who paved way for the Ghana Nigeria Collaborations in terms of acting , has called on the film authorities to see to it that both countries do not put a stop to such collaborations.
In a chat with Razz Newspaper reporter Mustapha Inusah, he said that though producers are not shooting many movies recently, it’s difficult for movie lovers to see actors and producers from both countries collaborate with each other .
“I don’t want to speculate much about why we don’t shoot much Ghanaian –Nigerian collaborative films, I went to Nigeria to shoot one movie last month , I saw Majid Michel also going to shoot a movie, but the rate at which we use to shot movies in Nigeria has dropped drastically ” he revealed.
Speaking about the benefits both countries enjoy from such collaborations efforts, he said that, formerly, the Ghanaian film industry was riding on the back of the Nigerian film industry because the latter was well established but now, he can say with confidence that the Ghanaian film industry has solidified.
“When we speak about African film s, many people refer it to as Nollywood and actors known across Africa are called Nollywood actors especially by the international media because Nollywood has established so, we collaborating with them has benefited us ” He said.
To him, one can easily be popular in Africa when he or she features in Nollywood films because, most of them who moved to Nollywood those days are way ahead of the others in terms of popularity across Africa and beyond.
“That is not to say you can’t be popular in Africa through Ghanaian films, But doing Nigerian collaborations makes it easier and we moving to Nigeria also gave chance for more new talented actors to be discovered in Ghana” he hinted.
He explained that the collaboration between both countries also brought a healthy human and business relationship between both countries which is being enjoyed now.
“If we see to the collaboration to totally fall, that unity and rapport we have with both countries will also decline” He advised
Mr Vicker added that not all Ghanaian movies go outside Ghana because, we don’t have , more producers in Ghana compared to Nigeria where they have more producers .
In Contrast, the Nigerian producers are many and the majority of them take the movie outside Nigeria, which makes it easier for actors and the films to get the necessary attention across Nigeria.
As to what he will be doing to see to make sure that the previous collaboration that existed between Ghana and Nigeria will come back to life, he said that, it is the Job of the various institutions Like Film producers association and Actors Guild to see to it that , such progressive collaboration persist and improves.