Gianluca Romeo, the Italian born entertainer and self-acclaimed Ghanaian, known in showbiz circles as Kwame Yeboah has revealed to Faj Ghana the need to invest in our local movies. According to him, African movies cannot be compared to other movies elsewhere since there is a clear difference between the African and the Western lifestyles. Hence, for one to make such comparison is getting out of context. African movie industry is only beaten by the unwillingness of producers to spend and use more sophiscated shooting equipment.
The Italian born whom arrived on the soils of the old Goldcoast nation some six years ago seem to be breaking bounds in the entertainment world now. His picking on some local languages have not only fetched him friends but publicity. His fluence especially on the twi had won him roles and interviews on the various tv platforms including Chorkor Trotro, KSM show, Billy the Wonder amongst others. There is a school of thought that believes that, the Western language is the ultimate but Romeo has proved that null. “Language is my passion”, he affectionately said. He has stated that he’s easily moved by new things around, therefore find ways to learn it.
Kwame’s arrival in Ghana has taken him another level in his acting career. He enroled into a theatre school after his Junior High school in Italy, where he took part in several stage productions before coming to Ghana to get to the big screens. He’s currently basing in Kumasi where is doing his acting alongside “mcing” and scriptwriting.
He strongly believes in African movies and explains that producers should spend more to enhance quality and international recognition. All the stories are with us here, we needn’t go about imitating other cultures. We simply need to take our own work to the next level. He further stated that, the stories are here doesn’t mean; one can just get up and shoot anything anyhow. “A good storyline. Everything should make sense” he stressed.
Kwame has prospects of learning editing in sometime and as well produce an effect movie. “I personally want to learn editing and produce a quality effect movie by God’s grace”.
Felix Acquaye fajghana.blogspot.com
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