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Yvonne Nelson & Ghanaian Movie Stars protest “Beasts of No Nation” Ghana Movie Awards noms



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It started with Yvonne Nelson and now a host of Ghanaian movie stars are protesting against “Beasts of No Nation“‘s inclusion in the list of Ghana Movie Awards 2015 nominees. The movie scooped up a whopping 15 nominations.

She said, “It’s not fair to all of us if they submit that movie because it is not a Ghanaian production. The fact that it was shot in Ghana doesn’t make it a Ghanaian production. So I won’t agree to that. If we are trying to promote our own, why will we go for a foreign production? You cannot compare a Hollywood production to a Ghanaian movie. The budgets are totally different.”

All the stars including Eddie Nartey and Prince David Osei agree that it is a great movie and it was indeed shot in Ghana. However, according to them, it is not a “Ghanaian movie”.

See screenshots below.
Eddie BOTN


Prince BONN

According to Ghana Web, the movie’s director released a statement outlining reasons why the movie should not be included in the Ghana Movie Awards. However, this is said to be an untrue.

So what do you think BellaNaijarians?


  1. yvey_yves

    December 19, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    ah! what a disgrace to us. Didn’t they have a panel? shame

  2. mrs chidukane

    December 19, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Bloop! Ndi oma emeka.

  3. baby4u2

    December 19, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    When things are not done properly this is what you get. From this alone it’s obvious the judges don’t know jack about awards. Please remove it fast before they come and say naija people want to come and take over in Ghana. Abeg

    • Ope

      December 20, 2015 at 9:50 am

      But the crew is not Naija either.

  4. nikky

    December 19, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    When ass kissing goes wrong. They were so quick to claim Hollywood as ghollywood. I bet they all look silly now that the people they are trying to claim have asked to be removed from their award.

  5. bruno

    December 19, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    ” You cannot compare a Hollywood production to a ghanaian movie. The budgets are totally

    pls u dont need a big budget to make a good movie or to tell a story. what makes a good movie isnt money but talented dedicated actors, a good script and a talented passionate director amongst other things.

    the movie beast of the southern wild, how much do u think the budget was? and mind u this film was nominated for numerous oscars including best picture.
    even if they give u people (nollywood or ghollywood or whatever wood)100 million dollars to make a movie, u people will still make a shity movie.

    as for the inclusion of beast of no nation, thats just how we africans are. we do things anyhow. There are no rules or guild lines governing the way we do things.

    • Bruness

      December 20, 2015 at 12:42 am


    • Peaches

      December 20, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      I don’t agree. You NEED a good budget to have a good movie. You may not need 6 million dollars (even that is not a massive budget compared to top movies in the USA) but you do need a lot of money. It doesn’t just take a good director and a couple of actors. You need to make sure your budget for styling is big because if that isn’t done right, the movie isn’t portrayed in the way it is supposed to. What’s the point of making a movie that the audience will not grasp?
      You need budget for hair, makeup.. Those aren’t cheap. The quality of production alone (those amazing equipment) – those things cost money. Even great actors cost money. I have talked to people in the industry and Nollywood and Gollywood and honestly, they don’t have big budgets at all. Even compared to some independent films in the USA their budgets are tiny. I agree with Yvonne – BONN is in a totally different caliber.

    • observer

      December 20, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      I don’t equally agree. You NEED a well written and engaging script to make a good film. Most globally recognised filmmakers made their first film for shoe string budgets. Those films got them the opportunity to travel around festivals and get money for their next; higher budget films. High profile Nollywood films are made for around same 200,000 US Dollars which is shoe string/low budget in Hollywood but YOU CAN NEVER compare the level of story telling and dedication to craft.

  6. Jojo

    December 19, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    This Yvonne Nelson is quite a hateful and envious person. The movie doesn’t need this bruhaha. No wonder all the young men dating her dump her in a heart beat

    • Bukky

      December 19, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      @ Jojo. you an adult, sat down and wrote this meaningless comment?? We have more doltheads on this forum than I thought..

    • kemmie

      December 20, 2015 at 3:45 am

      wished you finished your statement with “But she is doing her thing though”…..Please, she is a strong talented woman that keeps winning, she doesnt need a man to feel validated.

    • Kenechukwu

      December 20, 2015 at 11:16 am

      #FEMINIST ALERT!! Not again!

    • besong

      December 20, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      ur very foolish ,why define her by dat, is it an award not to be dumped by a man, funny how most nigerian women see men, and i hope u dont look up to the huzzle of several hollywood stars like halley, jenifer , taylor with several failed relationships

  7. Netflix

    December 19, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Bella Naija – please check your sources. The article cited on Ghana Web was pulled from a spoof article generated on the site,

    Director, Cary Fukunaga, made no such statement and submitted no such request. This was a joke. And if he did make a statement, please note that it would not be riddled with grammatical errors. Yvonne Nelson has every right to voice her opinion, and as such, this is a matter for consideration between her and the board of the Ghana Movie Awards. Cary Fukunaga has not waded into this debate. No matter the outcome, Mr. Fukunaga remains grateful to the people of Ghana, exceedingly proud of the brilliant cast and crew and will support the continued growth of the film industry there.

  8. okay

    December 19, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    i dont think all of this is necessary arent Ghanaians in the movie

  9. Abena

    December 19, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    As a Ghanaian, I am embarrassed by these psuedo actors and actresses and their needless complaints about Beasts of no Nation. We have a saying in Ghana that “if you cannot afford rice, don’t say rice is not nice”, so my dear Yvonne Nelson and co, go and refine your craft and make better movies. Kwaw Ansah has producing excellent movies shown across Africa and the world since the 1980’s. Spend a little less time on instagram praising yourselves and more time studying and honing your craft.

  10. Frosh

    December 20, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Is it just me that thinks that movie is just like a subtle remake of blood diamond! What’s the fuss about!! Ahh pish posh!

    • Dinon

      December 21, 2015 at 2:55 am

      Frosh, it is obvious that you have not seen the movie- “Beast of No Nation” has no thematic or stylistic semblance with “Blood Diamond”- so different- the only common ground is the setting, which is clearly “in Africa’!

  11. hian, stop shouting

    December 20, 2015 at 12:17 am

    I wholeheartedly agree, the brouhaha was unnecessary! Yvonne, simmer down… your rant is quite distasteful.. Nomination or no nomination, low budget vs high budget, stop the hate and just go and perfect your craft, period! And while you all are at it… thanks for the free press – the movie just got more publicity.

  12. December Wind

    December 20, 2015 at 3:34 am

    Meanwhile ..Nollywood be sipping them tea and watching the drama unfold .. This might just be an inspiration for a new movie “ass kissing gone wrong” or ‘fifteen’ since we already have a movie called ‘fifty’ no pun intended

  13. chi-e-z

    December 20, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Umm is the movie playing in the states cause I’ve only seen it on naija blogs so thought it was for a W.African audience. First, i’m hearing it’s not ghanian????

    • Iris

      December 20, 2015 at 7:49 am

      It’s showing in theatres in African countries but it’s was actually first released globally on Netflix in October.

  14. chi chi

    December 20, 2015 at 8:47 am

    As much as I agree with comments about going to learn your craft and make better movies, she has a strong point. A Hollywood budget affords you time to perfect your craft. A nolly/ghollywood one doesn’t and so whether you studied your craft or not the results can never be close to the same. And we must speak up for rules, that’s what she is doing, there is no point a committee setting the rules then breaking it. Its because we don’t speak up that we end up taking what we’re told, even when we know it to be not.

  15. Natu

    December 20, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Yvonne hang it up flat screen. You are not even talented!!! Bunch of mediocres!!!!

    • Californiabawlar

      December 20, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      lol….that seems to be the point they are missing…she’s over there talking budget? So she means if we start a gofundme for her she will actually start acting and producing movies that are not vanity projects to show off her new figure? She will actually come up with story lines that are not about everyone fc7king each other? My brothers and sisters! this is a challenge…let’s help this chicka resurrect her talent…
      If they make good movies, won’t they get picked up by cinemas across the world and win Oscars? Africans using poverty as an excuse for every thing singe 1954. By ANY standards whatsoever there’s no reason Yvonne should be submitting movies to anyone for any type of award.
      Underachieving bunch of fishes…mssschewww…you for just keep qwuayet!! You obviously spend more money on your movies than the average Nollywood/ghanawood production, what have you done with the little you’ve been given?
      I can’t believe the day has finally come for us to wash you and call you out on your BS. Do you know that this babes movies (alongside Rukky Sandas) are now generally among the lowest rated on Iroko? I don’t even watch anymore….and my standards for Nigerian movies are really low…but it pains me that a lady with so much potential refuses to apply herself.

      In any event, does their film academy not a list of criteria a movie has to meet before qualifying for a nomination? Meanwhile, should Nigerians get ready for 10years of nominations for Road to Yesterday? .if the same thing that happened with Rita’s The Meeting happens here, I will personally start a petition. My people and their aversion for standards and protocol. Ta!!

    • observer

      December 20, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      Lol! I wouldn’t have bothered if I saw your comment. I thought Lupita’s Oscar win would teach them to believe in themselves, but that ain’t done. Instead Genevieve believes Oscars is not the benchmark now. Lol. Way to thrivie in AMVCA, sorry mediocrity

    • observer

      December 20, 2015 at 11:14 pm

      Done nothing for them.

  16. observer

    December 20, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Why is this young woman crying fowl? If Tomorrow Comes no matter the budget won’t make it to global festivals or award. The storytelling was simply awful. Did she want her film to sweep nominations? Doesn’t she know that there are foreign films and very low budget that have gone to dominate the Oscars in the past? What’s budget got to do with anything?

    The film had lots of Ghanaian crew members. BONN’s nomination should be a thing of glory to Ghana if the producers of BONN approved or submitted to their film to the awards to be nominated. Cause the white guy who made this film, the producers and it’s crew doesn’t need GMA. They’ve made a film that will outlive them…. wish I could say same for Yvonne or her pairs.

  17. observer

    December 20, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Why is this young woman crying fowl? If Tomorrow Never Comes no matter the budget won’t make it to global festivals or award. The storytelling was simply awful. Did she want her film to sweep nominations? Doesn’t she know that there are foreign filims and films made for very low budget that have gone to dominate the Oscars in the past? What’s budget got to do with anything?

    The film had lots of Ghanaian crew members. BONN’s nomination should be a thing of glory to Ghana film industry if the producers of BONN approved or submitted their film to the awards to be nominated. Cause the white guy who made this film, the producers and it’s crew doesn’t need GMA. They’ve made a film that will outlive them so if they need anything as cherry on the cake it would be Oscars and co…. wish I could say same for Yvonne or her pairs. They haven’t even made good films yet.

  18. prince

    December 21, 2015 at 11:29 am

    total nonsense. because a movie was shot in your region doesn’t make it yours. this Ghana peole get sense at all?

  19. babygiwa

    December 21, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Loooooooooool. Yvonne, calm down. You need a good budget but you need to perfect your craft even more. And no, sleeping with each other or wearing make up in scenes where you are supposed to be sleeping is not it at all. Go and learn how to act and produce. Help us tell madam Genevieve the same thing. Same storylines, same stiff acting, no soul, no challenging roles.
    It is time to tell the African story, we don’t only sleep with ourselves in Africa, it is not only about relationships and jazz. We have young Africans doing great stuff in business and technology and fashion and art! It is high time we start making movies to reflect our budding new realities. We are tired of your mediocrity. We are tired of watching films that does damage to our brain cells.
    Long live Tunde Kilani and Kunle Afolayan and others like them making good movies and telling great African stories the way it should be told. May your wells of creativity never run dry. Amen.

  20. teri

    December 21, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Africans will never praise their own…….Yvonne Nelson is a young lady who has achieved a lot for herself. Be proud of ur own

  21. nunulicious

    December 21, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    gotta love GHANIANS! their self-pride is no joke. If its in Nollywood, the ass kissing would be on another level. go yvonne!

  22. babajide

    December 27, 2015 at 10:36 am

    It indeed is not a Ghanaian movie production hence i support that it shouldn’t be in the Ghana Movie Awards.

  23. nnedis

    January 12, 2016 at 12:16 am

    i just watched it, very intresting movie keep it up iwela, God blers u

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