Nana Dakrabo I to Build $350 Million Film Studio and Production House in Ghana
A Los Angeles-born entrepreneur as Mpuntuhene (Head of Development) of Akonoma in the Central Region Asebu Kingdom, Nana Dakrabo I partnered with WEG Studios in Washington DC, musician and producer Koby Maxwell, to actor Michael Blackson and other notable people. to build a state-of-the-art film studio and production house, dubbed “Dakrabo 1 Studios” in Ghana.
Costing an estimated three hundred and fifty million dollars ($350 million), the state-of-the-art film studio will be located on 321 acres of land in Ghana, making it the first of its kind in Africa.
The project, when completed, will create thousands of jobs for the entertainment industry in Ghana.
Nana Dakrabo’s team is made up of top industry executives, as well as architects, studio developers, contractors, executives, investors and celebrities with interests aligned to make Ghana an entertainment center in Africa.
Nana Dakrabo I think it is time for Africans around the world to unite and invest in entertainment in Africa, just as the rest of the world benefits.
Speaking to the media, Nana Dakrabo I explained that entertainment is her greatest passion. “I was born in Los Angeles and grew up with celebrities and executives. Basically I was raised around Hollywood and now I’m going to bring Hollywood to Ghana,” he said.
Known in private life as Michael B. Pratt, the entrepreneur said his vision was to “develop a Hollywood ecosystem in Ghana. Beyond the film studio, I want to see professionals from all creative industries realize their “Hollywood” dreams without leaving the continent and see a thriving entertainment industry that attracts talent and attention from around the world. »
With Nollywood in Nigeria being the 2nd largest film industry in the world, producing over 2,500 films and employing over 300,000 people annually, there is a huge opportunity to attract high quality, world class productions to Ghana.
Koby Maxwell, a famous Nollywood film producer, also added that “a film studio in Ghana will greatly improve the industry with high quality productions and reveal potential and opportunities for the whole world”.
The studio is poised to capitalize on the African film market, gaining a significant share of productions from neighboring countries, while simultaneously attracting productions from around the world.
Once the campus is developed, Dakrabo Studios 1 will feature seven (7) sound stages, a 240 acre backlot, blue screen water tank, recording studio, pre/post production facilities, halls projection, a concert hall, offices, a hotel for the actors and the teams, and especially, a school of cinema and music.
A film and music school
The initiators at Dakrabo 1 studios will create a space for creativity to flourish and give students hands-on training, both in the classroom and in the studio.
Nana Dakrabo I said, “Our education and technology partners are working together to create an educational experience that enables industry-leading educators in Los Angeles to teach virtually in Ghana.
“It is essential that future professionals are properly trained in best practices and techniques directly from industry practitioners. This will enable professionals to create content of a caliber that rivals a Hollywood blockbuster.”
Each building on the grounds will be named after an influential African from around the world.
It is Nana’s way of honoring the pioneers to indicate that the project will be possible because Africans around the world are coming together to move the continent forward.
Without a major production facility in Ghana, there is no potential to compete on the global entertainment stage.
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