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Spike Lee Turned Down Meeting With Ghanaian Filmmakers – The Debate Over His Reasons Takes a New Turn

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Spike Lee Turned Down Meeting With Ghanaian Filmmakers - The Debate Over His Reasons Takes a New Turn

Ghanaian filmmaker Peter Sedufia has joined the debate over American actor Spike Lee’s visit to Ghana.

In an interview with Accra-based Asaase Radio, the American filmmaker stated that when he visited Ghana, no one from the film industry approached him for a meeting. He even admitted that he had no idea Ghana had a thriving film industry.

“I know about Nigeria, and no one has approached me from the film industry in Ghana. I would love to meet people in the film industry but no one has approached me,” he said.

Following this, there has been a backlash against the powers that be for failing to initiate contact with the actor.

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Spike Lee Turned Down Meeting With Ghanaian Filmmakers – The Debate Over His Reasons Takes a New Turn

Regardless, Peter Sedufia, the producer of films such as ‘Aloe Vera’ and ‘Keteke,’ has described the uproar over Spike Lee’s statement as “knee-jerk reactionary behaviour.”

According to him, if Ghana’s film industry wants to engage with any international figure, it should make an effort to book an appointment with them rather than wait to take advantage of people’s visits to Ghana.

Read the rest of his Facebook post here:

“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 [sic] whole brouhaha.

When asked who they contacted for the meeting, Juliet Yaa Asantewaa Asante, Executive Secretary of the National Film Authority, told the press it was someone introduced to them as Spike Lee’s personal assistant.

“His PA was the one who introduced us,” he said.

In the midst of all of this, some have questioned the Beyond the Return Secretariat’s role in situations like this.

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Nungua Stool summons Fella Makafui and Medikal to appear for land paperwork

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This discovery occurs in the midst of the couple's widely publicised divorce. Fella Makafui and Medikal, previously regarded as one of Ghana's most gorgeous couples, have suffered through a tumultuous split. Their relationship, which began with a high-profile wedding in 2020, has begun to exhibit symptoms of strain over the last year. Despite their split, both partners continue to reside in the same home and co-parent their daughter, Island Frimpong. This arrangement has caused more issues, with Medikal apparently requesting Fella to expel her cousin from the home.

The Office of the Gborbu Wulomo-Shitse, Overlord of the Gadangme State, extended formal invitations to both persons, requesting that they appear at the palace for document verification.

Rev. Dr Gyasi Ankrah, Director of Administration at the Office of the Gborbu Wulomo-Shitse, issued the summons, which requires Fella Makafui and Medikal, real name Samuel Adu Frimpong, to bring their complete documentation to the palace on Friday, May 24, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. for verification.

This discovery occurs amid the couple’s widely publicised divorce. Fella Makafui and Medikal, previously regarded as one of Ghana’s most gorgeous couples, have suffered through a tumultuous split.

Their relationship, which began with a high-profile wedding in 2020, has begun to exhibit symptoms of strain over the last year.

Despite their split, both partners continue to reside in the same home and co-parent their daughter, Island Frimpong.

This arrangement has caused more issues, with Medikal requesting Fella to expel her cousin from the home.

Fella has also asked the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to examine Medikal, adding another layer to their continuing conflict.

Their current residence has been a source of contention.

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Medikal maintains he paid for the property with his own money, but he signed the deeds under Fella’s name out of doubt and for their daughter’s welfare. “I built everything with my own money but only put Fella’s name due to uncertainty and for Island’s sake,” said Medikal.

On the other hand, Fella opposes this assertion, claiming that she helped create the house and can prove it in court, citing the financial and emotional contributions she made during their marriage.

Given the contradicting claims, the authorities decided to conduct an investigation.


The land records, which include both Fella and Medikal’s names, caused the Nungua Stool to intercede and confirm the validity of these claims.

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Fella Makafui and Medikal summoned by Nungua Stool over land documents
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Fella breaks silence on Medikal’s social media tantrums

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“For my deep respect for our two families, for the relative privacy which the institution of marriage requires and, most importantly, in the best interest of our beloved daughter, I have decided to resort to only lawful and appropriate forums to address my grievances.

Actress Fella Makafui has disclosed why she has contacted the police regarding her marital issues.

Despite their amicable divorce agreement, the actress declared in a press release that she had taken note of her former husband’s social media comments regarding their four-year marriage.

As a result, she is unwilling to wash their dirty laundry in public, therefore she has decided to take the problem to police enforcement.

“For my deep respect for our two families, for the relative privacy which the institution of marriage requires and, most importantly, in the best interest of our beloved daughter, I have decided to resort to only lawful and appropriate forums to address my grievances.

“To that end, I have reluctantly initiated a legal process which I believe will ensure that my daughter and I are safe and also that l and my husband’s co-parenting duties are properly and sufficiently streamlined and regulated in accordance with law,” the May 18 release read.

In addition, the actress expressed appreciation for the support extended by her friends, family, and business associates. However, she pleaded for time to resolve the issues.

“I am sincerely grateful to you for the extreme support which you have given to me, my family, and my businesses and brand over the years. I, however, plead with you to understand the privacy which the difficult time that I am in now requires,” the release added.

Below is the full statement

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Fella Makafui responds to Medikal’s social media rants over failed marriage

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Fuse ODG reacts to Afronita and Abigail dancing to his song on Britain’s Got Talent stage

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As a pioneer in promoting Ghana in the UK music industry, Fuse ODG expressed his delight at seeing others contributing to the promotion of Ghanaian culture overseas. He praised Afronita and Abigail for their outstanding dancing performances, stating that they perfectly suited the intensity and feel of his Azonto tune. Fuse ODG congratulated Afronita and Abigail and expressed his full support, saying Ghana is well on its way to building a name for itself in the entertainment industry.

Fuse ODG, a rapper and songwriter, expressed his satisfaction and love for Afronita and Abigail’s performance on Britain’s Got Talent, during which they danced to his classic Azonto song.

Fuse ODG applauded the pair for their outstanding representation of Ghana on such a prestigious platform.

He stated that their performance contributed to the continuing efforts to highlight Ghana’s cultural diversity on a worldwide scale.

As a pioneer in promoting Ghana in the UK music industry, Fuse ODG expressed his delight at seeing others contributing to the promotion of Ghanaian culture overseas.

He praised Afronita and Abigail for their outstanding dancing performances, stating that they perfectly suited the intensity and feel of his Azonto tune.

Fuse ODG congratulated Afronita and Abigail and expressed his full support, saying Ghana is well on its way to building a name for itself in the entertainment industry.

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