By Carol Arhere
Kofi Adjorlolo is a renowned Ghanian actor who has been in the industry for about seven years.
He startedÂ as a radio and television presenter and later veered into acting in realization of his ambition. Kofi, as heâ€™sÂ fondly addressedÂ by his fans, was signed onÂ as music artiste in Nigeria.
He played with notableÂ artistes like, Victor Uwaifo and other popular artistes in Nigeria.Â In this interview, Kofi shares some of his high moments in the industry and his hope for the future.
Much have been said and written about you.
Yet, not many are acquainted with the fact that you startedÂ as a radio/televisionÂ presenter before you went into music and later the big screen. HowÂ has itÂ been?
I became an artiste at theÂ age of 11. As at that age, I was very good with the trumpet. I was a goodÂ musician while in school. Also, I was in the church choir too. So, at that early age, I knew there was an acting blood flowing in my vein.
But, I thinkÂ whatÂ triggered it off was the experience I hadÂ when I travelledÂ to Nigeria in 1977 during the Festac 77. I stayed inÂ Nigeria tillÂ 1978.
During my stay in Nigeria, I had the opportunity to play music with the likes ofÂ Victor Uwaifo and host of others. I was signed on butÂ I couldnâ€™t become anÂ artisteÂ due to my shortÂ stay in the country. Back home in Ghana, I played music for a while before going back into broadcasting.
But while I was doing that, I knew something artistic was in me. I was hoping and praying that one day, God would show me the way to live my dream.
How exactly did you come into the world of make-believe?
Honestly, I came into the industry by chance. My cousin, Richard Prempel, CEO ofÂ Village Communication, had a script on Taxi driver and he was having problems with the script, as well as the people handling the production.
So, he approached me to re-write the script for him.Â And I wrote about 12-15 episodes which turned out to be good. So, from there, I became part of the production and after few episodes, people commended our efforts.
There and then, I concluded that movie is actually what I was destined to do. That was how IÂ started my acting in 2002.
How is the journey so far?
It has been fulfilling, as far as Iâ€™m concerned. IfÂ I were to be a civil servant till today, I would have been getting closer to my retirement. But here, I am still acting and even rated as one of the top actors in Gollywood. By the grace of God, Iâ€™m greatful and fulfilled.
Any endorsement to this claim?
Yes, actually,Â I remember I had the opportunity to receive the Best Loyal Actor award in 2006 in Ghana. Also, I was nominated for AMAA awards as Best Actor supporting role.Â In that category, we had people like Justice Esiri, Enebeli Enebuwa and Jide Kosoko.
So, it was a very high moment for me to be nominated in that category with such caliber of actors. And since then, there has been a boost in my acting career.
Do you have any low moment?
My low moment in the industry comes when producers donâ€™t reciprocate the kind gesture extended to themÂ by us as actors in terms of remuneration. Secondly, sometimes when I read some stories about myself on the pages of newspapers that are not true.
What is your take on the movie industry in Ghana and Nigeria?
In fact, most of the movies we are producing in Ghana today starred many Nigerian actors and actresses.Â As a matter of fact, Tonto Dike is in this very film. We are presently shooting as well asÂ Mercy Johnson. Jim Iyke and Ramson just left our country a few days ago. Even, the director of this production is a Nigerian.
They come to Ghana to shoot movies as we also go to Nigeria to shoot movies too. We are in a collaboration, so to speak, at the moment. Movie businessÂ in Ghana andÂ Nigeria shares a lot in common. NollywoodÂ andÂ GollywoodÂ are like two sesames twins
You have sojourned in the industry for about seven years now. HowÂ would you describe the growth of the movie industry in Africa?
Measuring the standard of the film industry in Africa, in comparison to Bollywood and Hollywood, we are not there yet.Â The entertainment industry in AfricaÂ generally is witnessing the break of a new day at the moment.
Film industry, as we know, is a very big industry. ItÂ carries a lot ofÂ messages. It promotes culture and so much more.Â Â But the industry is still a baby when compared to Hollywood. It isÂ still growing.