EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:GHANAIAN FILM PRODUCER CHRISTABLE KYE TALKS ABOUT LONG LASTING CAREER AND THE FUTURE
Christabel Kye has been around the film industry for as long as she can remember. With several movies and soapies under her belt, she has seen many of the ups and downs one must endure when pursuing a career in the film industry. She has seen lots of hopefuls come in and out of the Ghanaian film industry and sometimes introduced some of them to it. She confesses it takes a lot of talent and learning to be in the business. She has written local soapies like Taxi Driver, Small World, Chorkor Trotro among others and produced movies like Love and Crime, Hotel Babylon, Letters to my mother
Hotel Babylon penned by Kobi Rana definitely put Kye into the big leagues in the industry. Presently, she is the producer of tv’s hourly show ” trailer tv”.Haute Spott caught up with her in this exclusive to discuss how her career has developed up to this point and what her expectations are for the future.
HS: When did you first become interested in films?
CK: I have always loved films especially comedies I know it is a bit clichéd but it is what it is.
HS: Did you have any specific influences growing up that lead you towards the film industry? CK: I had none at all but mere fascination turned me toward that direction. I love to see things come to life.
HS: Did you always know what you wanted to do?
CK: No…first I wanted to be a doctor, then I wanted to be a lawyer and when those dreams didn’t come through I opted for this. I must say I am glad I am now producing and writing. I do a kick a** job at it.
HS: How long have you been doing this?
CK: Well, I have been doing it for the past 10 years. I have written soaps like small world, local series like Chorkor Trotro, Taxi Driver and several award winning series
HS: Was your family supportive of you choosing this direction?
CK: Yes, they were glad I chose to be a film maker. In fact they are my greatest critiques.
HS: You mean no opposition at all
CK: Yes, no opposition at all in fact they enrolled me into film school.
HS: Have you considered moving on to other careers? What keeps you persevering?
CK: Interesting….what keeps me going are the projects. Even though it is challenging sometimes. It is a daily excitement.
HS: How did you get your first break?
CK: I worked as a production assistant then I just tried to raise a little money and found I could write and produce. Then I set out to option a script.
HS: Was Taxi Driver the first piece you wrote? How did that come about?
CK: Yes, that was the first piece. It started out as an outrageously laugh out loud comedy. Originally back to back comedy but the end result was a combination of many things including too much comedy.
HS: How do you handle disagreements you may have with studios, directors, etc.?
CK: Always with tact, but at the end of the day, it depends on who has the right to make the decision, and pretty much one can lobby against bad decisions, but we have to live with the powers that be.
HS: “Hotel Babylon” had a very good cast. It must be frustrating when such great expectations don’t go as planned. Do producers have much authority in film making today?
CK: It all depends on how the picture is financed, that is truly the key. Then besides that, it depends on how much say the director has.
HS: What criteria do you use to select a script, screenwriter, director, etc.?
CK: For the script, it has to be good, and that means many things. If a script can make you laugh and cry and has a great story, that is a start. With the director it is usually the amount of passion I can sense from him or her towards the project.
HS: Producers are risk-takers who seize an idea, run with it and convince others to follow them, agree?
CK: Yes, producers do take all the risk.
HS: Most of your films seem to have been in the comedy genre. Is this the genre you prefer? CK: There’s nothing like a good laugh. We all need that in our lives.
HS: Ok, what’s next? Anything else in the works?
CK: I have several projects in the works. Several that I am not allowed to talk about now but when the time is right I will give you that pleasure.
HS: Any advice for the upcoming ones?
CK: I f you have the talent, get an education because talent alone cannot get you anywhere.
HS: It was a real pleasure talking to you, Christabel?
CK: And the pleasure is all mine. Thank you
If this picture is anything to go by, then we know the statement Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim making by revealing this flattering selfie on social media. The actress doesn’t have to say it in so many words. She is simply saying, watch me! I am hotter than Kim K. So what y’all think, is she hotter than Kim K?
Zakia Kunge has a long repertoire. For now she is known to be a singer, a model and a presenter. Born in Accra, Ghana. The ever vivacious Zakia spent part of her life in Tripoli, Libya before moving back to Ghana to get education at a very tender age and then later moved on to Russia. Until finally she made a decision to move to Ghana to pursue her modelling career. She is Miss Universe Ghana 2012 2nd runner up and was a finalist on the music reality show Vodafone Icons 2013. She currently presents the Tym Out tv show which airs on Viasat 1.
Zakia has an Msc in Political Science from a top notch Russian school. She is fluent in Russian.
As a model, she has walked several runways in Moscow.She was unanimously voted the favorite amongst top photographers ,featuring in spreads of magazines and TV ads. In 2008, she won the prestigious Miss People’s Friendship University of Russia Title.
Her fashion style is sexy, classy and chic.. Zakia’s No.1 fashion rule is:Be comfortable with what you wear…and lovce what you wear . If love it and you look confident , everyone else is gonna love it
Bust: 32 inches
Hips: 38 inches
Height: 5 “7
Check out her portfolio
Although we were one of the first to find out about the sudden demise of Ghanaian / BBC broadcast Journalist Komla Dumor we chose to the restrain from reporting first. One, because we were shocked that a man so compact, robust and healthy like him could just go in the blink of an eye and two, because we wanted concrete confirmation from the family.And whilst many news site scrammed and hurriedly did the reportage, we chose to wait and reflect.To reflect that really Komla was gone. We chose to reflect about this man who made his country and his continent proud. The man who worked tirelessly to show the world that indeed some good can come out of not only Africans but the black race. Lesson we learnt: life is short.
A couple of hours ago, the BBC confirmed the news of his death on their website however the news has been updated 13 minutes ago and this is what the recent update read:
BBC TV presenter Komla Dumor has died suddenly at his home in London at the age of 41, it has been announced.
We like to think of her as larger than life and very confident. That why it came as no surprise to us when we heard that the vivacious Ghanaian actress, Lydia Forson has been announced as a Brand Ambassador for the prestigious Africa Movie Academy Awards.
This is actually the first time this has happened in the history of the award ceremony, which recognizes unique talents on the African continent and pushes the frontiers of African film industry to the World.
The Academy conferred this rare responsibility on her in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday December 19, afternoon at a strictly by invitation event, attended by a number of stakeholders in the African Film industry, CEO and founder of the Africa Movie Academy AMAA Awards Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and the bubbly actress, Lydia Forson herself.
The AMAA is a platform that projects the African film industry to Africa and the rest of the world. It is also described as a glamorous celebration of artistry honoring excellence in African Filmmaking and Cinema.
Lydia Forson, who has on one occasion won AMAA Best Actress Award, is the first to be openly named an AMAA Brand Ambassador, since its inception some ten years ago.
She was chosen because her brand represents what the Africa Movie Academy Awards is all about; quality and projecting Africa to the World.
Her responsibility will be to represent the Academy on major platforms like international film festivals among other activities. Indeed, this feat is well deserved.
Yes, we used a lot of red too many a time, right. That was the recommendation of the Ovation Carol night. Although the event failed to attract all our much loved stars. We think we just do with these ones. Check out what some of your favourite stars from Ghana and Nigeria wore to the ovation Red Carol and Awards held for the first time in Accra.