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Entertainment of Thursday, 31 October 2019


How the use of animation has impacted Ghana’s creative space

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Animations have been connecting people all over the world since 1908, when the first animated film was created by a Frenchman, Emile Cohl. Today, all over the world, people tell stories, and communicate ideas, in an easy-to-perceive way through animations.

The Ghanaian creative space has benefited immensely from the use of animations. GhanaWeb has listed some undeniable impact of animations in the country.

Jobs for the youth

Many young people have made a career out of animations. Some people have monetized their YouTube channels with purely animated contents.

‘Tales of Nazir’ is a YouTube channel filled with animated contents that most Ghanaians enjoy.

Others have also created magazines filled with animated contents, and they are selling at high rates.

There is the need for animators and graphic designers by other organizations, especially in advertisement and sales.

Animation film festivals

There are many animation film festivals organized in Ghana in recent times. It helps animators connect, share ideas and learn more about the art.

The Accra animation film festival is held every year to support, promote and offer animators across Africa the opportunity to show their artistic work.

Animation brings versatility in music videos

Ghanaian music videos use animation to inspire creativity and diversity. Some musicians like Chase, Magnom, and Dark Suburb used animations in their music videos; ‘Fire’, ‘Economy’, and ‘The awakening’ respectively.

Shining light on great Ghanaian animators

Poka studios

They are a group of Ghanaian animators who released animation pictures of males/females and meaning of the Akan day-born names.

They have gone international, and recently, Nigerian artiste, Teni the entertainer, used their services for her music video.

El Carna

The animator, Elkanah Kwadwo Mpesum uses a sensual and painterly style of art. He uses rich colours and beautifully patterned flowing lines.

Tales of Nazir

Ghanaian animator, Louis Appiah created the comic animation series in 2014. The series is about a character, Nazir, and the challenges he faces. It has been enjoyed by Ghanaians for many years.