Some filmmakers in Kumasi have threatened to embark on demonstrations against the relocation of the Film Village from Kunsu to Sekeyre.
They have planned to welcome the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Barbara Oteng Gyasi, to Ashanti Regional capital Kumasi on Friday, September 18, 2020, with a massive demonstration.
The construction of the controversial film village has been relocated from Kunsu in the Ahafo Ano South District to Sekyere in the Sekyere East District of the Ashanti Region.
FIPAG members who are agitating against the relocation of the film village from Kunsu to Sekyere are Isaac Ofori Brempong (K. Obuorba Production), Mawuli Ekpe Peter (National FIPAG PRO), Nana Yaw Kusi (Nayak Films), Richard Sarkodie (Osoode Ventures), Joseph Serebour (Peace Films Production), Emmanuel Sarpong (Sards Multimedia Production), Abu Habib Banda (A.H Banda Film Production) and host of others.
On Wednesday, 24 July 2019, some actors from the Ashanti Region petitioned Parliament to ensure that a Film Village is built in Kumasi, the hub of Ghanaian movies (Kumawood) rather than proposed location, Bunsu in the Eastern Region.
But PRO of Film Producers Association of Ghana Mawuli Ekpe Peter expressing their grievances to Pure FM’s Osei Kwadwo said FIPAG members will not allow the government to relocate the construction of film village from Kunsu to Sekyere.
According to him “After several consultations between FIPAG members and Creative Arts Minister, we were assured that the government will build the film village at Kunsu.”
“The Chief of Kunsu Nana Agyemang Badu Dua I offered 300 acres of land to government and FIPAG for the construction of film village. All FIPAG members including actors and actresses know the government will construct a film village in Kunsu, not Sekyere” Peter.
But speaking at the Creative Arts Forum last year, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Barbara Oteng Gyasi said the government was having more consultations on the lands given by the Kunsu chief before they finally agree to use it for the film village.