Meet Writer, Producer and Director of New TV Documentary; “British Ghanaians: Lost In Translation
Multitalented British Ghanaian Pamela Sakyi has her finger in a lot of pies including singing, playing guitar, video editing, and owning a small Christian Media Production company “SparkleLight Productions”. She’s worked in the Media Industry for over 10 years, working on content for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, BBC LDN, Jazz FM, Water Aid, OH TV and many more organizations. However, in the last 3 years she’s turned her hand towards producing and directing. In that time she has written and produced her first feature-length documentary “British Ghanaians: Lost In Translation”, which premiered on OH TV on Ghana Independence Day last month.
She was given the opportunity to produce a documentary with a focus on Ghana and there was only one thing that instantly came to mind! she was a British Ghanaian who could not speak a Ghanaian language fluently and because of this she faced many different challenges over many years. Such challenges have included: not being able to speak with her older and younger relatives in Ghana, being ridiculed by Ghanaians in Britain who can speak their Ghanaian languages fluently and struggling to establish her identity as British and Ghanaian, whilst growing up.
Over the years working in the Media Industry Pamela realised a recurrent theme when she met other successful British Ghanaians in different industries – the majority could not speak their Ghanaian languages fluently. She researched the long-term effects of this and soon recognised that there is a current problem of Language Endangerment amongst British Ghanaians in the UK. If we don’t act now, Ghanaian languages in the UK could effectively die out in the future.
For Pamela meeting and working with Ortis Deley (The Gadget Show, Channel 5) was a ‘meeting of minds’. Ortis also of Ghanaian heritage, but cannot fluently speak any Ghanaian languages either. Thankfully we’ve had a great response to the documentary and to Ortis’ story. As she had previously hoped for by writing this documentary, so many British Ghanaians and older Ghanaians have acknowledged the issues and have been inspired to contribute positively, to help preserve Ghanaian languages and the rich Ghanaian cultural heritage in the UK and beyond.
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CATCH THE REPEAT OF “BRITISH GHANAIANS: LOST IN TRANSLATION” MONDAY 4TH MAY 2015 9:30PM on OH TV (SKY 199/ FREEVIEW 244 & WWW.OHTV.CO.UK/LIVE).
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