Post-coloniality: projection of Ghana in video-films

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The rise of the mainstream video industry has been significant towards socio-cultural and economic development in Ghana; however, this study will not focus on the impacts of the video industry of Ghana. This article primarily examines the image construction of Ghana in video-films. Over the past few years, video-films in post-colonial Ghana have often been critiqued by film scholars and critics for reinforcing superstitious beliefs and instigating backward tendencies that derail national development. Normative scholarships have critically explored the visuality of Ghanaian video-films and their themes. Nonetheless, these normative scholarships have often overlooked the nexus between the Ghanaian society and video texts. It is based on this scholarly gap that this study engages the meta-question of how video-films project Ghana in their texts. This article will engage a critical textual reading of a few popular films from the Pentecostal and Occult genres to contextualize the ideological sub-texts and the image construction of Ghana in these selected video-films. I argue that some of the major ‘postmodern’ themes in Ghanaian video-films considerably denigrate and malign Ghana’s image, as well as neglect issues of national interests.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-113
Number of pages13
JournalCINEJ Cinema Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Ghana
  • Video film
  • Witchcraft
  • Occultism
  • Themes
  • Representation


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