Sunday, March 3, 2013

How do we get Yaa Asantewaa onto the big screen?

Happy Women's History Month! This marched into our lives before we knew it and then I started thinking a lot about Yaa Asantewaa. In fact, nothing speaks more of Women's History as dominantly as the story of the one-time queenmother of Ejisu. She is a symbol of a leading lady, having led the Ashanti people against the British in the War of the Golden Stool. I've discussed the legend of Yaa Asantewaa and how it should be in a movie many times, notably with the GhanaThink community. Paa Kwesi got us started when he revealed his infatuation with epic movies. When I started celebrating Ghanaian movies, I championed the idea again. and it made me ask questions about Yaa Asantewaa. I posted "Me, am waiting for a Yaa Asantewaa movie o!" on Facebook.

And then, this happened.

There have been some documentaries. See a Youtube clip of one. According to Wikipedia,
a television documentary by Ivor Agyeman-Duah entitled Yaa Asantewaa - The Exile of King Prempeh and the Heroism of An African Queen was premiered in Ghana in 2001.[8] A stage show written by Margaret Busby, Yaa Asantewaa: Warrior Queen, featuring master drummer Kofi Ghanaba and with a pan-African cast, toured the UK and Ghana in 2001-2001.[9][10] A radio drama by the same author was also serialised 13-17 October 2003[11] on BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour.[12][13]
We want a movie! Who wants to get cranking on this?

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