Friday, 27 April 2012


Godwin Kotey(r)
The crème de la crème of Ghana’s movie industry will be gathering at the University of Ghana campus for the funeral rites of the late iconic actor Godwin Nikoi Kotey.
There will be a wake-keeping today, Friday April 27 at the University of Ghana School of Performing Arts (E.S.T Drama Studio) and burial service on Saturday April 28 at the Osu cemetery.
After his, burial the funeral will continue at the university. The dress code is brown and black.
The distinguished movie maker and lecturer at the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana passed away in Accra weeks ago, leaving behind a wife and two young children. He was said to have died after a protracted illness.
Godwin died at age 46. He was a movie producer, director, actor, playwright and would be remembered for the brilliant performances he put up in several movies including ‘I Sing of A Well’, ‘Oedipus Rex’, ‘Police Officer’, ‘Siswe Banzi Is Dead’, ‘Welcome Home’ and ‘Sophocles Amen Corner’.
He was the chief executive officer of Dream House Studios and was the director of the hit show ‘Smash TV’ in 1996 and 1997, the famous ‘Taxi Driver’ TV series in 1999 and ‘Bloody Mary’ in 2005. Godwin was the creative director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana.
He is survived by a lovely wife and two children, Naa Dei and Nii Kotey.
The news of Godwin Kotey’s death caused a stir within the movie industry and touching messages continue to pour in from several celebrities and students who have sat under his tutelage.
Information from the deceased’s blog reveals that he was born on Monday 18th October 1965, and was raised in Bukom, a suburb of Accra. It said that from about the age of 5, Godwin knew he wanted to be at the centre stage where everything happened.
He would gather his neighbours’ children as an audience and make them sit through lengthy performances and re-enactments of movies they had all watched together.
He was an old boy of Ghanata and Tema Secondary Schools where he was president and vice-president of the Drama Club respectively. In 1990, he graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon as a Theatre Director. Godwin later returned to University of Ghana, Legon where he pursued a Master in Fine Arts (MFA) in 1999, after pursuing a career in the performing arts industry.
Godwin was a senior member of the University of Ghana where he lectured Master in Fine Arts (MFA) students in Principles and Concepts of Directing and conducted directing workshops. He also lectured undergraduate and diploma students in Script Analysis and Interpretation, Fundamentals of Theatre Directing, Introduction to Theatre Directing, Dramatic Theory and Criticism and Advance Directing.


Credit: Francis NEWS-ONE


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