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Top 10 Classic Ghanaian Movies you Should Definitely See

Here are my top 10 picks for Ghanaian movies i think you should definitely see. Starting at number 10 is;

10. 6 Hours to Christmas (2010)

I always love watching this movie on Christmas eve for obvious reasons.

In this movie, It looks like it’s going to be a typical 24th December day for suave young man Reggie. Things however take an exciting turn for him when his office colleague, the girl he’s lusted after for a long time gives him a Christmas present he finds impossible to refuse. This has become a classic Ghanaian Christmas movie, usually shown on Christmas day on television.

This Shirley Frimpong-Manso movie stars Ghanaian actor Chris Attoh and Nigerian Beauty Damilola Adegbite.

9. No Tears for Ananse (1968)

No Tears For Ananse is a Ghanaian movie which was directed by Sam Aryeetey and written by Ato Kwamina Yanney in 1968.

This story comes from an old Ghanaian folk tale. Ananse is a man who feels his family has become over-indulgent and slothful and seeks to teach them a lesson. Ananse pretends to be dead, and his family takes him to a small wooden hut in the jungle. He stealthfully ventures out into the night to rob his own farm, delighting in his small victories over his family. One of his sons builds a wooden statue and covers it with tar to capture the elusive and furtive Ananse. The story of B’rer Rabbit and the Tar Baby can be directly traced to this African folk tale.

The adventures of Ananse, the spider-man and brother of the god of the sky as well as a symbol of skill and shrewdness and a classic character in traditional Akan legends. The first feature film made in Ghana, it is also one of the first African films to use a local language, Akan.

The movie stars Kofi Middleton Mends, Ernest Abbeyquaye, Lily Nketia.

8. No Time to Die (2006)

Asante, a hearse driver in Ghana, wants a wife. His profession puts most women off. He falls in love with a client whose mother has died, and manages to win her over. But her father forbids marriage to a hearse driver. Asante persists and becomes the first hearse driver in Accra to get married.

The movie was directed by King Ampaw and it stars David Dontoh, Kofi Bucknor, Fritz Baffuor and Emmanuel France.

7. Kukurantumi: Road to Accra (1983)

Kukurantumi: Road to Accra was produced in 1983. It is said to be one of the first Ghanaian films to be aired on across Europe. It was directed by King Ampaw.

In this movie, Addey, a hard-working family man makes his living driving a lorry between Accra, the capital, and his small village of Kukurantumi, which, in a local dialect, means «the place where everything is too heavy to pick up». When he is dismissed from his job for reasons beyond his control, Addey arranges a marriage between his pretty daughter Abena, and a rich, middle-aged businessman she doesn’t love. Abena rebels, and with Bob the poor young man she loves, runs off to Accra where things go from bad to worse. Kukurantumi: Road to Accra is a comparatively lively, good-humored film about a very sad subject – the breakdown of family relationships under the pressures of what is called progress.

Cast of this movie includes David Dontoh, Evans Oma Hunter and Dorothy Ankomah.

6. I told you so (1970)

I Told You So is a 1970 Ghanaian movie. The movie portrays Ghanaians and their way of life in a satirical style. It also gives insight into the life of a young lady who did not take the advice of her father when about to marry a man she did not know anything about, but rather took her mother’s and uncle’s advice because of the wealth and power the man has.

The young lady later finds out that the man she is supposed to marry was an armed robber. She was very upset of the whole incident. When her dad ask what happened, she replied that the man she was supposed to marry is an armed robber; her father ended by saying “I told you so”. This movie stars Bobe Cole, Margret Quainoo (Araba Stamp), Kweku Crankson (Osuoabrobor)

5. Potomanto (2013)

Potomanto is a 2013 Ghanaian-Nigerian action thriller film directed by Shirley Frimpong-Manso. It stars Olu Jacobs, Yvonne Okoro and Adjetey Anang. It premiered on 20 December 2013.

An angry ex-police officer, Andane, whose work is to investigate and catch unfaithful partners takes a different turn when he is hired to investigate the wife of a wealthy businessman. He stumbles on a ring of organ harvesters and traffickers who lure young men with a promise to take them abroad. The fiancé of the wealthy man is an undercover agent also undertaking an investigation to nab the organ traffickers. They join force in an attempt to stop the canker that has taken the lives of many of the youth in the community.

4. Matters of the Heart (1993)

Matters of The Heart is a 1993 Ghanaian love story. The movie follows the journey of two love birds Nico and Sekina. Their love is threatened by Nico’s family because Sekina is from a poor family. A twist on the tale of Romeo and Juliet. The movie is very memorable because of a scene where Nico and Sekina serenade each other, bollywood style in a garden. Most Ghanaians who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s remembers this catchy song very vividly. Matters of the heart was directed by Augustine Abbey and stars Grace Omaboe, Alexandra Duah, Augustine Abbey (Idikoko), Mac Jordan Amartey and Grace Nortey

3. Run Baby Run (2006)

One of my top favorite Ghanaian movies of all time, Run Baby Run is a Ghanaian action film directed by Emmanuel Apea and starring John Apea. The film received 8 nominations and won 4 awards at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2008, including the awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Enoch Sarpong Jr., a Ghanaian student living in the UK, is visited by his little sister from Ghana, who had mistakenly picked up the wrong suitcase at the airport. The suitcase contains a huge amount of cocaine. Enoch decides to sell the drugs, however the real owners of the drugs soon meet up with him, chasing him all across the UK and Ghana.

I have watched this movie every Christmas day since it’s release in 2006. It has become one of my favorite traditions.

2. Heritage Africa (1989)

Kwesi Atta Bosomefi, who prefers to be called Quincy Arthur Bosomfield, is a perfect product of colonial education. He has embraced English culture and become a district commissioner. In the process, he abandons his African heritage and all that has real meaning to him, to the point that we see him humiliate his own mother and give away a treasured family heirloom. Only a series of humiliating encounters and frightening dreams can help him to recover his true identity. The movie released in 1989 is directed and produced by legendary Ghanaian movie producer Kwaw Ansah and Features ace actor Kofi Bucknor.

1. The Boy Kumasenu (1952)

Directed by Graham, this is a story of transition within the Gold Coast, as the boy Kumasenu moves from a small fishing village to the modern city of Accra.

‘Lured by the false stories of his cousin Agboh, the boy Kumasenu leaves his village to seek adventure in the city of Accra. But he soon becomes lonely and hungry and is eventually caught by the police while trying to steal a loaf of bread. A kindly African doctor and his wife take pity on him, find a place for him in their home and help him to find work as a mechanic. Some time later, Agboh learns of his whereabouts and forces the boy to join in a scheme to rob the doctor, but Kumasenu manages to warn the Police in time. They capture the gang and Agboh is also arrested, thanks to the boy, after a fight in which he risks his own life. Kumasenu’s story ends with the doctor watching his protégé at work on one of the harbour’s new motor boats.’ (Monthly Film Bulletin, March 1957, 28).

Filmed at Accra, at Kedze and in Keta over a period of a year from October 1950 until September 1951, The Boy Kumasenu was the first feature film made by the Gold Coast Film Unit and brought together a non-professional all-African cast. This included a schoolboy from Cape Coast in the title role.

The Boy Kumasenu was edited in London – with rushes viewed at Merton Park Studios in December 1951 – and was finally completed in May 1952. The film’s premiere in the Gold Coast was attended by the Prime Minister, Kwame Nkrumah, while the British governors of Nigeria and the Gold Coast subsequently attended a screening with the cast at the Opera Cinema in Accra (West African Review, September 1952, 889).

The Boy Kumasenu also received international recognition, gaining a diploma at the Venice Film Festival and a nomination for the ‘Best Film from any Source’ at the 1953 BAFTA awards.

The film also played at the Berlin Film Festival in 1953, after which it was reviewed by Variety who praised it as ‘amazingly well done film fare’ and a ‘remarkable entry by a completely unknown little film nation’.

Honorable Mentions:

Love Brewed in the African Pot (1981)

Love collides with social class and colonialism when Aba Appiah, born to privilege, falls in love with Joe Quansah, son of a fisherman. Her father, retired civil servant Kofi Appiah, has other plans for her, and seeks to block their marriage. The resulting conflict has complex and unexpected consequences.

This Kwaw Ansah directed movie features Anima Misa, Reginald Tsiboe and Emmanuel Agebenowu.

This movie received many positive reviews.

Diabolo (1992)

Diabolo is a Ghanaian classic movie which tells a story of a man who has the power to transform into a snake. He uses this power to sexually assault and kill women, mostly prostitutes. This role was played by Bob Smith Jnr, now referred to as Diabolo Man. The movie stars Bob Smith Junior, Rev Eddie Coffie, Eunice Banini, Prince Yawson (Waakye)

By Dominic Kepomey

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