THE CRÈME de la crème of Ghana’s entertainment industry converged at the plush Alisa Hotel in Accra last Thursday for the launch of the first ever Movie Awards Ghana (MAG).



The awards ceremony is to honour movie stakeholders for their tireless efforts in steering the movie industry to the level it has gotten to.

The awards ceremony is slated for December 25 this year. This will be preceded by a Nominees’ Gala night on October 30. Entries for the awards are already open and the planning committee has also started work.

Award winners will depend on 30 percent public vote, 20 percent planning committee vote and 50 percent vote from the screening and nomination committee, which will consist of selected industry players.

At the launching ceremony on Thursday, GP Limited and Image Consortium, the organizers of the awards ceremony, revealed that the award ceremony, for the first time in the history of movie awards in Ghana and beyond, will give out two Zoyte SUV cars sponsored by Feiya Engineering Limited to the Best Actor and Actress of the year.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the awards, Mr. Fred Nuamah, told BEATWAVES that this is not only targeted at setting a standard on the African continent, but to also nourish the status of Ghanaian stars. He hoped the award will also rub shoulders with the Oscars in the US.

“I am encouraging stakeholders to help us organize a nice and glamorous event. I also call on other sponsors to come on board to honour our heroes and heroines. I think it’s time we organize our own movie awards,” he added.

Deputy Minister of Information, James Agyenim-Boateng, the guest of honour, hailed the awards and said government was ready to support the initiative, adding that an award ceremony in the movie industry was long overdue.

“The Ministry of Information sends its congratulations to the organizers of the awards. We assure you that the ministry is ready to provide an unflinching support to make the award a success,” he said.

He stated further that the awards would encourage competition in the movie industry to an extent that it would improve the quality of Ghanaian movies.

Among top celebrities who graced the launching ceremony are Augustine Abbey aka Idikoko, Fred Amugi, Bob Smith, Kwami Sefa Kayi, Nana Ama Macbrown, Majid Michel, John Dumelo, Prince David Osei, Beverly Afaglo, Martha Ankomah, Roslyn Ngissah, Helen Asante, Emelia Brobbey and Vivian Achor.

The rest are Shirley Frimpong Manso, Abdul Salam Mumuni, Socrates Sarfo, Gideon Aryequaye, Samini, Efua Houadjeto, CEO of Image Consortium and a number of other celebrities.

Music icons like Nana Boroo, Kwabena Kwabena and 4x4 spiced up the occasion with some performances of their hit songs, while Amanda Jissih served as the emcee.