Actor and film director, Kobi Rana has written an open letter to the Ghana Tourism Authority after the venue for the premiere of his ‘Freedom and Justice’ movie was locked up by the authority.
The GTA had explained that the venue was barred from having the premiere because they had not been registered for that purpose, and it was also against the COVID-19 regulations to hold movie premieres.
According to Kobi Rana the Ghana Tourism Authority has no right to prevent them from having their movie premiere.
He said that for the fact that other events were held at the same venue, he did not see the need for GTA to hide behind the spread of COVID-19 to prevent the premiere of his movie.
Talking about the huge investment used for promotion, he called on the GTA to pay back the money he invested.
Read his full post below:
“These are movie shows that happened same time our movie show was stopped. And don’t repeat that lie that you didn’t ban our movie. You know you have NO LEGAL RIGHT TO BAN ANYBODY’S CREATIVE ARTS. That’s why you went to intimidate our venues.
Firstly, COVID-19 has NOTHING to do with this. You want to destroy our other venues so we will be FORCED to show our BIG MOVIE at your cinema at the mall. You are a part-owner of that cinema so YOU GAVE ORDERS to stop our movie. JUSTICE MUST BE SERVED. Our millions lost in promotion set up and venues IN 10 REGIONS OF GHANA must be paid back to us. PLUS DAMAGE COMPENSATION.
One of the premieres in the photos is from Takoradi. IN KUMASI, YOU GAVE ORDERS TO THEM TO STOP OUR MOVIE SHOW at KNUST CCB AUDITORIUM. Same auditorium that held a beauty pageant and Ashanti music awards few days before our movie show. So who is that believing that COVID-19 lie? His Excellency @nakufoaddo we deserve justice. If this is the creative arts Your Excellency promised to support. Thousands have been affected by this cruelty of one man in @ghanatourismauthority. If any Authority called to sit us down PEACEFULLY to explain to us that the movie is not appropriate for post-election tension, we would have SIMPLY postponed. We stand for PEACE. But destroying our survival so cruelly, we demand JUSTICE. #Freedomandjusticemovie.”