In 2015 Writer-Director Pamela Sakyi (Founder of SparkleLight Productions) released “British Ghanaians: Lost In Translation”. The documentary highlighted how the lack of Ghanaian language fluency can affect one’s cultural identity and connection to their heritage, within the British Ghanaian community. Many people of Ghanaian parentage, living outside of Ghana, struggle to understand or speak a Ghanaian language fluently, for many different reasons and they are losing touch with their identity as a people of Ghanaian descent.
The documentary directly helped to revive interest in Ghanaian language learning amongst 2nd and 3rd generation Ghanaians in the diaspora. Ghanaian Language schools and organisations reported the increase in interest and new student applications. The documentary resonated with Ghanaians all over the world.
The Journey Continues….
There is still a long way to go. It is estimated that every 2 weeks around the world, a culture loses a language due to communities not speaking or teaching their languages. “I am convinced that we can still make an impact on the British Ghanaian community and beyond” says Pamela. “Knowledge of our Ghanaian languages helps to strengthen our communication between generations across the diaspora and with Ghanaians back home in the Motherland. It also helps to preserve the richness of our cultural identity and heritage.”
Ortis Must Go!…
To make the sequel to British Ghanaians: Lost in Translation, SparkleLight Productions is appealing for YOUR HELP. Ghanaians must recognise this opportunity to help keep our languages alive across the diaspora.
The sequel will be filmed in Ghana and will address the following issues:
- Opportunities for Ghanaian language learners (jobs, contributions to the economy etc.)
- The effects of the current education system on fluency
- What native Ghanaians think about the fluency problem within the diaspora
Ortis will also have the opportunity to rediscover his roots more deeply and find out just how important knowing the languages are, for people of Ghanaian descent.
We need to raise just £6000 by the campaign deadline of APRIL 30th 2017
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