Veteran Ghanaian actor Fred Amugi, who was a great friend of the late former president Jerry John Rawlings, has revealed how he and his team were preparing to feature the two-term president and two-time coup leader in a movie before he his demise.
Fred Amugi bemoaned that he and his cast crew were confident he would return to feature in the movie before the heard the shocking news of his death.
Speaking on Simply Showbiz on TV3 recently, Fred Amugi together with Alhaji Sidiku Buari, the premier President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), had a discourse about the contribution of the late former president in the arts and entertainment sector.
“I kept saying Jerry John Rawlings was the very person who made drama die and he was the same person who resurrected the theatre by putting up the National Theatre,” Fred Amugi narrated.
“ the coup d’etat JJ lead made us sleep early .So, there were no rehearsals for drama like it used to be. It took a long time before we were all ‘opened’ and at that time the enthusiasm with which people loved drama had died.”
He said in those halcyon days, there was a stage drama almost every weekend at the Arts Centre until the coup brought with it the curfew.
On his part, Alhaji Sidiku Buari, who composed ‘Revolution’ for the June 4 revolutionary, to hail his action in 1979, said MUSIGA owes its current existence to Flt. Lt (rtd) Jerry John Rawlings.
“Seriously, the man was so open to the musicians and he loved the musicians,” he revealed.
“We have really lost somebody that actually was a factor to make the union what it is today.” He added.