Why Bill Asamoah Advocates for a Performing Arts School in the Ashanti Region

Actor Bill Asamoah says it has become important to educate filmmakers, directors and others in the film industry value chain if Kumawood is to experience the growth it deserves.

speaking on Showbiz AZ, On Saturday, he explained that once educated, Kumawood filmmakers would acquire the technical know-how to produce quality, educational and entertaining films to showcase the beautiful cultures of Ghana.

Bill Asamoah told George Quaye that he once asked former Tourism and Arts Minister Catherine Afeku to facilitate the establishment of a performing arts faculty at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and/or an accredited institution affiliated with NAFTI in Kumasi.

He argued that because many filmmakers involved in Kumawood film production are in the Ashanti region, they can enroll in the school to be professionally trained in acting, directing, production, screenwriting and more.

Bill Asamoah believes Kumawood will experience significant growth once the people running its business are equipped with the necessary knowledge.

Since the rise of movie streaming giants, the world has moved from CDs and cassettes to digital distribution, among other things.

He explained that these new forms of film sales have certain requirements that filmmakers must meet.

But, because Kumawood is populated by businessmen instead of people who understand film and can create great content, the industry suffers in terms of quality.

He added that he believed Kumawood’s development would have been exponential if, in its early days, there had been filmmakers and other professionals offering necessary help to people in the industry.

The actor noted that the industry can still have a turnaround if education through workshops, among others, is introduced.