Controversial self acclaimed Queen of Comedy Afia Schwarzenegger has made claims that she is the Originator of the title Kumawood for the movie industry in the Ashanti region.
Speaking in an interview on Accra based Neat FM, Afia narrated how she was disappointed when she attended one of Ghana Movie Awards which was poorly organized and thought she and her partner could come up with an award scheme to honour actors and actresses in the Ashanti region.
“So we went for Ghana Movie Awards and it was wack. So while in the car on our way to Kumasi, I suggested to Sammy that we can come up with an Award Scheme.”
“Sammy asked how it will be called on I said If there is Nollywood, Hollywood then we should use Kumawood. When we got to Kumasi, Mr. Twumasi said we should add akoben so we added akoben and it became Kumawood Akoben Awards. So I initiated Kumawood.” She stated.
Afia blamed the industry players for not doing much to promote the Kumawood brand to Ghana and the world.
“As at the time I came up with that name, Kumawood was the biggest in the entertainment industry in Ghana”. She added.
The Kumawood movie Industry produces local movies using the Akan dialect. Most of the movies produced are usually casted in Kumasi.