Only good content can ‘chase’ telenovelas away — Gloria Sarfo
In the last few years, the movie industry has suffered some setbacks, including poor patronage of movies, piracy among others, but one major factor that players have lamented about is the influx of telenovelas on our screens and how to make them go away.
For actress Gloria Osei Sarfo, the only way to get rid of telenovelas is good local content on television.
“I will be glad if they go away because that is what the movie lovers are talking about. I will be glad as a Ghanaian actor when that is done, but then I am looking at the content we produce; we need good content on TV and I think that can solve the problem.
“We should think about replacing them with content that is fulfilling and will be interesting to watch. That is what we can do as producers and directors; however, there is what the bigger bodies like the government are supposed to do to curb the situation and I pray in due time, they attend to it,” she told Graphic Showbiz recently.
Even as she makes this proposition, Gloria is a chat room host of an Indian telenovela on Angel TV but she told Graphic Showbiz that she got the job as a television presenter and not as an actress.
“I got this job at a point in my life where things were a bit hard for me because the industry was going down, and I thank God I have the gift of presenting. I got that job as a presenter and not as an actress.
“The offer was good and I saw that it was going to take a lot of burden off me so I grabbed it wholeheartedly.
“Honestly, if you ask me, I was one of the advocates against telenovelas which I always talk about on my social media handle, but this came as a good tiding and I had to grab it. I saw it as God’s blessings and I didn’t have to let it go like that,” she said.
Gloria, who is also an entrepreneur, said her new business venture, Glo City, was doing well.
“Glo City is doing amazing and we thank God for the progress. It’s been awesome, we aren’t even a year old but the progress is unimaginable. I thank God I was able to establish this. I love fashion and also love to see people look good, so I had to make sure I did this,” she explained.
Gloria, who is part of the cast of Shirley Frimpong Manso’s movie, Perfect Picture-10 Years Later, told Graphic Showbiz that it felt good to be a part of something she missed out on 10 years ago.
“I felt so great being part of this movie. I remember 10 years ago I went for the audition of Perfect Picture, I got everything right but I was dropped at the last minute and the next thing was to enjoy the movie in the cinema, which was perfect like its name.
“Nonetheless, after 10 years, I was called to be part of this and it is fulfilling. I feel so great to be part of this. Shirley is one of the best in the industry and it feels so great to be part of the best,” she said.
Some of the movies Gloria Sarfo has featured in are The Most Beautiful Hour, Friday Night, My Mother’s Heart, Frema, Most Wanted Girls, Makochem and Odansefuo Ne Wan.