Chinedu Ikedieze & Osita Iheme Banned In Ghana; Nollywood Actors Need Work Permit

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Nov 6, 2013 – Chinedu Ikedieze, Aki & Osita Iheme, Pawpaw Banned In Ghana: Nigerian Actors Need Work Permit To Produce Movies

The sudden ban of comic Nollywood actors Chinedu Ikedieze alias Aki and his movie buddy Osita Iheme aka Pawpaw from producing movies in Ghana has opened the old wound between Nigeria and Ghana.

According to sources, the duo were recently prevented from taking part in a movie production in Kumasi Ghana simply because they’re Nigerians who require work permit to operate in the country.

The case is creating disaffection between authorities and fans from both countries due to lack of fair bilateral film policy as no Ghanaian has been banned in Nigeria for lacking work permit.

Although officials of the Film Producers’ Association of Ghana (FIPAG) debunked rumour of a ban, outburst by fans of the comic actors appears to be overwhelming.

FIPAG’s Public Relations Officer Mr. Michael Ola, who tried to douse possible tension, said the decision to stop the actors was because the director of the movie breached the association’s regulations, by not letting the actors know that they need a work permit to be part of any production in Ghana.

They were,therefore, advised to return to Nigeria to obtain an official work permit, and be ready to make payments for the continuation of the shoot.

Ola explained that FIPAG had no problem with the Nigerian duo, but feels the right procedure had to be followed, especially when the new executives of the association had laid out new strategies to make the industry better.

According to the Nation, Aki and Pawpaw said they’re  not bothered by the ban after their colleagues raised the issue at Patience’s Jonathan’s step-mother’s burial in Okrika, Rivers State on Saturday.

In June, the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) of Nigeria met with officials of the Ghana Cinematograph Exhibition Board of Control (GCEBC) on how to foster cooperation between their’ film industries. The Nigerian delegation, which was led by NFVCB’s Director-General Ms. Patricia Bala spoke with the Ghanaian Deputy Minister of Information, Murtala Mohammed, but it appears nothing is yet to come out of the communiqué, which is expected to guide the proposed bilateral relationship for future business dispensation.

A similar uproar occurred when Ghanaian movie industry allegedly issued a directive that no Nigerian actor would be allowed to work on any of its movies unless they pay a fee of $1,000 each.

In retaliation, the Film, Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN) placed an embargo on Ghanaian films, halting the distribution of movies by independent producers, and maintaining that if such films must be distributed, its right of ownership should be transferred to the FVPMAN on negotiation.

At that time, a delegation from Ghana, led by the Chief Executive Officer of A.A Productions Limited, Mr. Mustapha Adams, sought peace with its host.

FVPMAN Chairman Mr. Norbert Ajaegbu told his visitors that the decision to ban Ghanaian movies was without prejudice. He said there was need to streamline the distribution of movies in Nigeria, especially when Nigeria is becoming a dumping ground for second-rate movies with nudity content.

The meeting ended mutually, with both parties agreeing that Nigeria will no longer accept Ghanaian films that are not approved by the NFVCB, and that any foreign film being released in the country must follow proper channels, compete under the market forces in consonance with existing laws.

It was also resolved that possible areas of collaboration should be worked out for further talks between the two sides.

But the relationship between the two countries on film matters has been unstable; the crisis, usually resulting from imposition of levies by one country on the other.

Critics believe that collaboration by both countries, which are the leading film producing entities in West Africa, is expected to set an agenda for the exportation of appreciable cultural values that could be regarded as truly African.

[Report by Victor Akande, The Nation]

30 thoughts on “Chinedu Ikedieze & Osita Iheme Banned In Ghana; Nollywood Actors Need Work Permit

  1. Am a jamaican who loves these little men to death. I can’t do without watching their movie daily
    I think it’s unfair to allow dem Ghanaians to shoot in your country when dey infact reject you guys
    Take heart my men

  2. THIS IS VERY STRANGE AND DISTURBING ARENT NIGERIA AND GHANA CLOSE FRIENDS OR MORE LIKE NEIGHBOURS WHY THE SUDDEN STRICT LAW AGAINST NIGERIANS ALL OFA SUDDEN EVEN OUR OWN CONTINENT IS GIVING STRICT LAWS TO ENTER THEIR COUNTRY WOW THIS IS LIKE WIDE WAKE OPENER FOR NIGERIANS THAT WE SHOULD STOP RUINING OUR NAME TO THE MUD WHY ARE HATED WORLDWIDE PLS SOMEONE ANSWER ME

  3. @ steven I agree with you, as a Ugandan I feel you’re being taken for granted by countries around you.
    Sorry aki and my man pawpaw

  4. Nigeria giant of Africa,what is happening to your kids all over the world,they are the most hated people and country,wake up ma Nigeria all is not well at home and overseas.

  5. Can you imagine? Ghana of all places. Anyway it’s not their fault. There is an adage in yoruba that says: if you tell person say ur cloth na rag, him go help you use am clean ground

  6. On ♍γ̲̣̣̥ own account,i blame our leaders Fδя̲̅ A̶̲̥̅̊ℓℓ this rubbish cos what this stupid countrie(ghana n others)are capitalizing on is †ђξ fact that nothing seems τ̅☺ be working i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ this country.Imagine ghana o̶̲̥̅̊​f̶̲̥̅̊​ A̶̲̥̅̊ℓℓ countries that has no level,that can’t even stand with ordinary lagos state.

  7. Al na wash, wat d f**k is wrong wit ghanaians? Who d hell do d fink d r? D r too small for us nigerians to accomodate, wat do d even act sef? Is it dos dt stupid, naked n foolish movie dt is making dem to puff so high feeln d r too much, nonsense, i alwayz hate ghana movies, cos of d immoral n sexual part d display on screen mtschew…..my guys come bck home oooo, dere is no place beta dan home, i will b lookn forward to seeing u soon

  8. Those two people are just too foolish and childish, maybe they were fooling themselves in Ghana, as for me I will also banned them bcoz they behave like animals, they can’t ban someone like omotola, Genevieve, Ramsey Noauh, Chidi Mokeme, bcoz they always behave mature, I even think they should even ban them for life in nollywood bcoz all their acting is not ever interesting, always meaningless

    • Bezo or what are you called you and your family are the BIGGEST AND IDIOMATIC animal i have ever seen on earth FOOL. Enemies of progress and i know you must be more than poor thats why you are talking those bullshits.Well its not your fault is the fault of my MUMU country leaders whom happened not to progress in developing the country but only progress in developing their pocket only..My 2 niggers nothing do you guys you both are mouthed..KING WIZZY

    • Keep dreaming my dear….business is business. Ghana is moving forward. Get a work permit f***.

  9. Bezo u r sick…..dat statment of urz makes u as immature as a fowl….u and dem who get small pikin brain pass….imagine…..jealous poor twart…u beta grow up…pesin lyk u 4 my area neva suppose dey use phone…grow up..

  10. Nigeria a land of abundant natural resources & rich. Endowd wit important personalities scartd all ova d world & inside d country…..bt wots happenin, we like foreigners 2 d extent dat we dn’t even remember askin dem how them tak enta? & as a result dey nw see naija as ASHAWO COUNTRY..vry easy 2 enter jst wit ur TP…chaiii!..KILLING OUR BROTHERS in evry part of d world and nbody wil ask….chaiii!! Callin us cancer? Jst like evry other countries why nt suffer and reject dis foreigners so that we wil hav value out there…..mtschew IGBO PEOPLE REALLY NEED D REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA..

  11. Bezo:may ant eat up dat hanp ur usin 2 typ dat nonsens. U speak lik a kid n i tink ur a kid dat jst pik up sm1 fon 2 pres. People lik u dnt read al d story bt u talk mor dan d person dat read it al. Rit nw hw much is in ur acount. Cn u say dat in dre front. Mind d way u talk no 1 nos 2moro!

  12. The Ghanian movie industry has become so poor to the extent that they now beg for arms from Nigerian actors what a shame. Anyway, we are the giant of Africa.

  13. bezo, na fowl u b, infact notin dey ur upstair, evn if u dont lyk dia movies, does it mean u will allow anoda country, small country 4 dat matter, to insult ur country? Insulting dem is as well as insulting d counrty(Nigeria) as a whole. Grow up small [email protected] and b wise. Learn to fight 4 ur country and also defend ur country. grow up, am disappointed in u.

  14. To hell with Ghana, Nigeria made u guys wat u are 2day u are so ungrateful (okro can not taller dan its owner) let’s how far u cn go

    • Poor soul….they gave you wrong information. Ghana is 100% far away from you guys. We are respectful country,love and like.

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