Art & Culture/Ent
[ 2011-12-24 ]
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
Omotola speaks Twi & Ga in ‘Ties That Bind’
Nollywood actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has
pulled a surprise by speaking Twi and Ga-Adangme
in Leila Djansi’s film, ‘Ties That Bind’.
The film is scheduled for a grand red carpet
premiere on December 30, at the National Theatre
in Accra, with more surprises. There will also be
a premiere on the same day in Kumasi.
Many did not believe Omotola could speak Twi and
Ga, but that was just the tip of the iceberg as
regards the use of local dialects in the new film
which was screened for Ghanaian media last
Hollywood trained Ghanaian director, Leila Djansi
gave the lead cast, comprising Ama K Abebrese,
Omotola, Ebbe Bassey and Kimberly Elise, a
daunting task of getting themselves acquainted
with Twi, Ga or Krobo.
Even though they struggled with their lines in
local dialects, the world-class actresses made the
Leila said the dialects were necessary as they
added authenticity, flavor and texture to the
movie. She also said she wanted to shoot the movie
in Ga, adding however that she had to consider the
diverse movie market.
“If I had a choice I would have shot the entire
movie in Ga but then again you are trying to sell
the movie to a diverse market…language at times
limits the market you know. The texture was
interjecting,” she stated.
“We had a good dialect coach. Amanda Jissih was
our dialect coach and she did like recordings and
that was how they managed to speak. I don’t speak,
but I was listening but I trust Mandy (Amanda).
To be honest with you, I don’t speak Ga and I
don’t know whether it is wrong or not, unless
somebody tells me that this person didn’t say that
But somebody made a comment about Ebbe’s delivery.
They said she did not pronounce some words better
but I don’t know any better.” Unlike ‘Sinking
Sands’ which campaigned against domestic violence,
‘Ties That Bind’ focuses on urging women to be
The technical productivity of the film was just
impeccable. The cast’s screen presence and
delivery was just awesome. But Ebbe Bassey was the
one who gets thumbs up for her delivery. ‘Ties
That Bind’ is an interesting story about Adobea,
Buki and Theresa- played by Omotola Jalade, Ama K
and Kimberly Elise- three women from three
different backgrounds bound together by a similar
pain; the loss of a child.
In a destined meeting in a small village in
Kroboland, the women journey together to
redemption, love, life and forgiveness as they
renovate a dilapidated clinic for the villagers.
The film stars a dynamic cast of Kimberly Elise,
Randall Batinkoff, Ama K Abebrese, Omotola
Ekeinde, David Dontoh, John Dumelo, Ebbe Bassey
Source - News One
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