Tag: Nollywood

To be fair or to be dark…?

Colour Code: What Shade Of Black?


Last year I spent some time in a part of south central Asia. I would hesitate to call these people racists but they do have a pretty down trodden view of a dark skin tone. Everyone in the TV adverts is fair-skinned. They even have skin products that block out the darkening effects of the sun and make the skin much fairer. And it’s a thriving business. All the big western cosmetic companies that make millions from selling tanning lotions in the west make just as much money, if not more, selling products that do the exact opposite on this side of the globe.

I was not sure who was more surprised at this; me or these white Europeans I was with. They would not pass up an opportunity to lay in the sun to top up their tan. The locals however found it absurd that people in the west would even pay to go on the sunbeds. And their concern was not because of the health risk related to the constant exposure to UV rays; rather, they found a pale skin colour to be much more desirable than a tan.

Apart from Alek Wek, I am struggling to think of any other very dark skinned female fashion icon. I think our standard of beauty as Africans and black people, has a leaning towards a fair skin tone. It is what we see on TV and in the lads’ magazines that shapes this view. Beyonce, Nikki Minaj and Rihanna look whiter with each new music video. I checked the colour settings on my TV twice this week already, so it cannot be that. And I’ve had my eyes checked too – well that is only because I wanted an excuse to buy myself one of those cool Ray Ban glasses – but it turns out my sight is impeccable.

So Hollywood favours a tan, Bollywood a pale skin but what does Nollywood say? Is it Alek or Bey, licorice or caramel? Personally, I like a bag of M&Ms.

By Maclean Arthur

Ghanaian Film: “The Dead”

Ghanaian actor’s Hollywood film ‘The Dead’ Leaked Before Premier

Gollywood_Ghanaian_Film_The_DeadGhanaian actor Prince David Osei who has appeared in films such as Naked Faces, Kiss Me If You Can and Heart of Men has had his latest film leaked to the public before it premiere in Ghana last Friday.

The Dead, a film by Hollywood directors the Ford Brothers in which Prince stars as one of the main protagonists was filmed in Burkina Faso and Ghana. It tells the story of an American engineer (Rob Freeman) stranded in a zombie-ridden Africa who must teams up with a military man (Prince David Osei) who’s looking for his missing son in order for them to survive the flesh-eating zombies.

The film was released across cinemas and theatres in the US last month and was to open in Africa by having its first premiere in Ghana. However before the premiere, the film ended on laptops of some movie fans. As to how the movie was leaked and who was responsible remains a mystery.

This is not the first time in Ghana a film has been leaked before its premiere. Shirley Frimpong Manso’s Adams Apples and Leila Djansi’s Sinking Sands were leaked to the public before being released in the cinemas. This is obviously a huge problem for those involved in the making of the films as audiences will not pay to see movies if it’s available for them on the internet, thereby affecting the profit the film can potentially generate.

The premiere of The Dead was attended by Adjetey Anang, Luckie Lawson, James Gardner and Prince David Osei himself among others. The film also features Ghanaian veteran actor David Dontoh.By Yaa Nyarko

Cheryl Hudson: Blog 2 – Like a Local

Some days I actually wake up thinking I’ve lived here my whole life…

Everything is just really familiar. It didn’t that me too long to get used to everything same ways I’m starting to worry about coming back to the UK. True say I have got darker, my accent is deep and I’m far too relaxed about most things. If I say I will get there for 1pm I’m reaching at Quarter to 3 but don’t hate.. wai?

My accent is proper. Sometimes my Twi mixes Fante but its always done that. My fiancé starts a conversation in Ga and ends it in Pidgin. I was shouting at the TV the other day watching Nollywood and caught myself cussing saying “Aah you de craze papa” – a mix of twi and pidgin. The local language is just a mish mash of Ga, twi, fante and pidgin all in one, kind of universal so that everyone can be involved. I introduced myself to