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Ortis Must Go! A sequel to British Ghanaians: Lost In Translation

Remember ‘British Ghanaians: Lost In Translation’, the feature-length investigative documentary in which Ortis Deley (The Gadget Show, Channel 5) explored the root causes of language endangerment within the the Ghanaian community in London? Well the director, writer and producer Pamela Sakyi is planning a sequel and she needs your help.

Ortis Must Go! is a campaign to help take one man on a journey of self-discovery and cultural preservation, through appreciation for his mother’s language, Twi, a colourful language which comes from Ghana. The sequel will be filmed in Ghana and will address the following issues:

  • Opportunities for Ghanaian language learners (jobs, contributions to the economy etc.)
  • The effects of the current education system on fluency
  • What native Ghanaians think about the fluency problem within the diaspora

Ortis will also have the opportunity to rediscover his roots more deeply and find out just how important knowing the languages are, for people of Ghanaian descent. Pamela and her team need to raise £6000 by the campaign deadline of APRIL 30th 2017.

So please  SUPPORT, DONATE & SHARE THIS LINK TODAY:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1142092173/ortis-must-go

Lets all help make Ortis Must Go! a reality!

 

 

British Ghanaians: Lost in Translation documentary screening

SparkleLight Productions together with OH TV will be screening the documentary ‘British Ghanaians: Lost in Translation on Saturday 12th December at the Bernie Grant Art in London.

In the documentary, British Ghanaian TV presenter Ortis Deley (The Gadget Show, Channel 5) goes on a quest to discover the root causes of dying Ghanaian languages within the British Ghanaian community, in London.

Inspired by his own lack of fluency in a Ghanaian language, he addresses the harsh impending reality that current second, third and future generations of British Ghanaians face: they are at a high risk of losing touch with their languages, their cultural identity, heritage and history altogether.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Ortis Deley, Dentaa Amoateng, Lord Paul Boateng, Noami Fletcher and the writer/director of the documentary Pamela Sakyi.

Tickets to the event can be purchased here

Introducing Pamela Sakyi…..

Meet Writer, Producer and Director of New TV Documentary; “British Ghanaians: Lost In Translation

With Lord Boateng1

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.

Ortis with Pamela1

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).

Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_GHANA)