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Movie actresses at war over sex for roles claim

Popular Kumawood actor, Akwasi Asamoah, aka Big Akwes has incurred the

wrath of movie actresses for daring to claim that producers and other

practitioners in the movie industry frequently sleep with actresses

before casting them to play in their movies.

The claim has led the Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG) to

ban Big Akwes from engaging in any filmmaking activity in the country

for 24 months.

A statement signed by FIPAG General Secretary, James Aboagye, states

that "FIPAG has sanctioned him for a period of twenty four months

effective September 23, 2014. Any FIPAG member, Marketer or

Distributor who engages his service as an actor or otherwise does so

at his or her own risk".

The statement said "Any film he is engaged in during this period will

not be scheduled for release".

A copy of the statement was sent to associations in the movie industry

to ensure its members do not hire the services of the actor.

FIPAG put the two- year ban on the actor for allegations he made on

RTV's Agoro Fie that producers and directors and actors sleep with

actresses before assigning them roles.

Speaking in Twi on the said radio discussion programme, Big Akwes said

that the act of producers sleeping with actresses had been a common

practice that even he, as an actor, has had his share and continues to

enjoy that booty.

He went ahead to challenge any producer who claims not to have ever

done so, to own up and take an oath.

Even before this ban by FIPAG, the Actresses Association of Ghana led

by Kumawoodactress, Mercy Asiedu, had sent Big Akwes a letter asking

him to retract his statement within three days or face court action.

Some individual actresses have also responded with indignation at Big

Akwes' claims that actresses normally sleep with movie producers in

return for roles.

Actress, Nikki Samonas, for example, has confirmed that indeed some

producers ask for sex before casting actresses in their movies.

She told Kwasi Aboagye during his Saturday Entertainment Review

programme on Peace FM that, she had been confronted with such a demand

before but she turned it down.

Another actress, Roselyn Ngissah, told Showbiz that she believes

producers sleeping with actresses before giving them roles is an act

of choice.

"I will not allow a producer to sleep with me but someone else would.

Under no circumstances will I sleep with a producer before I am given

a role. I personally believe that when you are good, the roles will

come your way."

Source: Graphic Online

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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