Pascaline Edwards, a celebrated Ghanaian actress turned fashion designer, has recently made some revealing statements about the movie industry in Ghana. In an interview with Onua FM’s ‘Adwuma Adwuma’, Edwards claimed that her colleagues who boast about earning significant sums of money from acting alone are lying.
According to her, the income generated from the movie industry alone is not enough to provide anyone with the necessary resources to build a house or start a business.
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Despite acknowledging the ability of the movie industry to propel one to celebrity status and attract lucrative brand deals and endorsements, Edwards believes that the income earned from acting is inadequate.
She urges upcoming actors and youth not to solely rely on the funds they receive from acting but to venture into other profitable businesses to supplement their income.
In support of her claims, Edwards cited examples of unpaid wages owed to her by production houses and filmmakers, including Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) , which reportedly owes her 5000 cedis old currency, now equivalent to about 50 pesewas in the new Ghanaian currency.
Edwards’ experience highlights the pervasive issue of unpaid wages in the Ghanaian movie industry, a problem that has plagued the industry for years.
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Edwards, who has had a career spanning over 30 years, is celebrated as an iconic actress who played several diva roles in her prime. She has acted in over a hundred movies and a number of stage productions. Her comments provide insight into the financial challenges faced by actors in the Ghanaian movie industry and the need for diversification to supplement their income.