Some of our actors have opined that the influx of telenovelas on our TV screens, is one of the main reasons our movie industry is collapsing but it appears, it’s not only our Ghanaian actors, who share this sentiment.
Seasoned and popular Nigerian actress, Patience Ozorkwor has also posited that telenovelas are crushing the movie industry in Nigeria.
Patience Ozorkwor made this revelation during a recent trip she made to Ghana, said that their industry is facing the same problem we are facing here in Ghana.
‘‘We have the same problem with Zee World and Telemundo. It’s really eating into the industry…what it means is that we are facing challenges and so now, we need to do something that will make our people come back to us. You can’t force them because it’s a market; everybody goes for what they want. We need to also find out why they have thrown our own away,’’ she said.
Patience believes that people get addicted to the telenovelas because of it’s serialized nature.
‘‘one thing I have personally observed is that these telenovelas are telling serial stories. If you watch it, you would want to watch the next episode so people are usually eager to watch what will eventually happen to this character. So if that’s what people want, we start doing it for them. We need to tell serious-minded stories.”
“They (telenovela characters) don’t act well. Their costuming is even wrong. What they criticize us for is exactly what they are doing. So why are people dropping us and watching what they are criticizing? For example, you can see someone who goes to bed fully made up and in a flashy dress and wakes up and still runs around with that. It makes me wonder why people are not talking about that. That means people are not watching those things; they are actually only interested in the storyline.” she added.
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