He (Spike Lee) can’t pretend not to know people make films in Ghana – Peter Sedufia

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Ghanaian Movie maker Peter Sedufia has questioned the authenticity behind Hollywood’s Spike Lee wanting to meet Ghanaian movie makers

Following the arrival of globally-acclaimed movie maker Spike Lee and his comments on wanting to meet Ghanaian movie makers since he only knew about Nigerian (Nollyood), Ghanaian movie Peter Sedufia has refuted such intentions in a Facebook post.

Peter Sedufia wrote via his facebook page ‘These knee-jerk reactionary behaviours are part of the reason we’re stuck as an industry…

  1. Do we know why Spike Lee was in Ghana?
  2. Do we know his itinerary before wishing to have bombarded him with our unplanned/unsolicited film industry appointments?
  3. Do we know who even invited him and on whose ticket he was here, and whether that person was opened to other people tapping into their investment?

Eg. I invite James Cameron to Ghana, pay his travel expenses and accommodation for my personal purpose, only for random people to come and bombard him with unplanned and unintended appointments. Does this make sense to any right thinking person?

If Spike Lee wanted to meet Ghanaian filmmaking Community, he would have mentioned it before coming, then we’d be aware of the invitation to treat. Or, whoever was inviting him would have made that known. He can’t pretend not to know people make films in Ghana.

If he was invited on the ticket of the government, then there’s a communication failure somewhere. I cannot single-handedly make my way to Spike Lee to make an appointment to have an entire film industry conversation with him. Where’s my access point?

People should just chill about these whole brouhaha…

We don’t create our own opportunities, but we always want to jump and grap other people’s creations. If you need Spike Lee, James Cameron, etc, for a film industry conversation, make a conscious effort to invite them, and they’ll decide how to treat your invitation. Don’t wait to parasite on someone else’s investment. Give us a break!’

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