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Idris Elba Set To Build Movie Studio in Ghana

Ghana has benefited immensely from investments that resulted from the Year of Return initiative spearheaded by His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo. The initiative saw several celebrities and tourists from abroad visiting Ghana to explore the country’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Since then, many celebrities and African-Americans have trooped to the country annually, with many planning to plant long-term roots in Ghana.

Thus, it was no surprise when Hollywood actor Idris Elba visited His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana, in the Jubilee House and presented the concept of constructing a film studio in the country.

In a video from their conversation that has gone viral on social media, the celebrity pointed out that the lack of facilities has inhibited a lot of filmmaking potential in Africa.

Idris Elba also discussed the significance of government initiatives in advancing the African film industry.

“We’ve studied the patterns of South Africa’s fantastic incentive package, and obviously around Europe, Greece, and Morocco, these are all nations where they know the value of the filmmaking and have adopted favourable policies” he said to Ghana’s president.

Idris Elba received assurance from President Akufo-Addo that a legal framework for the nation’s film industry is being created by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture. He said that to make sure there are no holes in the proposal.

The actor disclosed that he is now filming a movie and would love to shoot some portions of that movie in Ghana. Pre-production is scheduled to start in August, and actual work will start in December, he revealed. Watch the video below.

Additionally, the celebrity disclosed to the President of Ghana his intention for his new movie to serve as a proof of concept. He stressed that “it would be extremely helpful for us to show and say to the world that Ghana is open for business, here are the procedures, the policies are in place, and we have really brought a film to our nation, and we are going to put our money where our mouth is.”

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