Renowned Ghanaian actor and lead character of Inspector Bediako, a Ghanaian series, Oscar Provencal has urged Ghanaians to support the new series which was a favourite for citizens some 30 years ago.
The actor in a statement expressed gratitude to Ghanaians for the support they showed to the series.
He indicated that without their support, the series would not have gained prominence.
He posited that the same energy they used in supporting the old series should be the same energy they should show to the new one.
“I have truly been humbled over the years by all the people from all walks of life and across the length and breath of the country who have personally told me that the show one way or another contributed to who they are today, be they lawyers, policemen, custom officers, teachers , the list goes on and on. Extremely humbling.”
He also eulogized some of the departed crew and persons who worked on the series.
To the new lead character, Anthony Woode, he advised thin to chart his own oath, be himself and
“To Anthony Woode and the new generation some will say there will be only one true Inspector Bediako,represented by me, Oscar Provencal. That maybe somewhat true, especially from my generation. Do not be perturbed. Do not try and be me. Try to be better. Be yourself and carve a whole new identity that your generation can identify with and as i have told told you in private, now in public , you have my blessings. Go out there and conquer the world and I pray 30years from now people will still mention your name with nostalgia as they do mine. Always remember it is a gift from God and opportunity from man. What you do with that opportunity entirely lies with you.”
Read his full statement below
Let me say a gagantuan thank you to all the great fans of the legendary and iconic, tv detective Series Inspector Bediako, who in the 90’s and subsequent years after, till date, have remained passionate & loyal fans who have been yearning for its return. I personally and sincerely owe you all a debt of gratitude for standing behind me and my colleagues all these years and for the genuine outpouring of love given to us on a daily basis for the most part of 30years. When we started we had no idea that we would have such an enormous positive impact on the lives of Ghanaians and Africans at large.
When I tell people I have not watched a full episode of the series, they are astonished. That is simply bcos we were filming back to back and only stopped to watch a few scenes before going back to work. Such was the gruelling schedule. Its hard to believe huh. In those days you could not record programming as easily as you can do today in this digital era. I’m sure I speak for my wonderful and talented colleagues, Akosua Abdallah, Ekow Baidoo and most of the crew.
I have truly been humbled over the years by all the people from all walks of life and across the length and breath of the country who have personally told me that the show one way or another contributed to who they are today, be they lawyers, policemen, custom officers, teachers , the list goes on and on. Extremely humbling.
So, 30years down the line , I say thanks to DSTV, for the time has come for the return of the show with another generation of Actors. I humbly urge all our fans to transfer & channel the same levels of passion, love and affection that you have accorded myself, my colleagues, Akosua Abdallah and Ekow Baidoo aka Bingo, to the next generation led by Anthony Woode and his team.
My first thanks goes to Honourable Kojo Yankah , Uncle Kwesi Yankah, Naana and the entire Dateline Marketing limited team ,who worked tirelessly to produce the series.
My second thanks goes to Mr. Odi Hawkins, a prolific African American writer, who believed in and supported us in the initial journey of the series. Thank you Mr. Hawkins.
Thirdly, I thank Nat Lomo Mainoo, our able and dynamic Director who gave me and my colleagues an opportunity not just to participate in the series but who created an atmosphere on and off set for us to express our creativity and individual talents to the highest levels. You are a genius.
To Ekow and Akosua, I salute both of you. We were indeed the perfect team and I can say without equivocation that both of you were the greatest talents I have worked with in my over 30 years in my career. You have been and shall remain my dearest friends for life. Not only did we work together, we became family, attending each others outdooring and watching our children grow up. It was a special and magical time.Though I was cast as the Inspector and seemingly took the limelight, I could not have carried the role or been the person I am today without both of you. Your show of professionalism and genuine love and support, devoid of envy or malice has been the take away of my career. I have tried to emulate the two of you in my journey in this industry which as you know is fraught with what I can call chicanery at the highest levels with people purportingly resorting to seeking favor with the Gods.Those who know know.
I say thank you to all the numerous unsung heroes, who 30years ago contributed in diverse ways to making Inspector Bediako the iconic series that it is.
Special thanks goes especially to the Director of the series, Nat Lomo Mainoo who took a chance on us as young budding Actors and was critical to the decision making of making me play the role of Inspector after the lead character, Ray Bediako had to leave for the USA, thus leaving a void. That decision to make me change character from playing the role of Sowah, Inspectors sidekick, to playing the Inspector himself turned out to be a decision that changed my life forever. So to Nat Lomo Mainoo and all those who were part of that decision making process, I am eternally grateful to you.
My saddest, thanks goes to our Production Manager (PM) who not only became a life long friend but a brother , Willy Akufo Parry (late). Willy, loosing you barely 2years ago was a dark day for all of us especially as your darling wife had also passed barely a few months earlier. Nothing could be so heart-rending than to attend your funeral. You were & still are the best Production Manager I have ever worked with. The passion and love that you showed in the line of your duties were unparalleled and the level of your humility and show of humanity to your fellow man was exemplary. Though you became a pastor many years prior to your passing, memories of sharing our usual chilled club beer at the end of a hard days work remain etched in my memory. Despite your fatigue, you were always full of life and your exuberant laughter remains fondly in my memory. Continue to RIP my brother.
To the late Napo Gbandi, who was undoubtedly one of the greatest Directors of Photography(DOP) Ghana has ever had, thank you for being patient with me with my incessant questions on all aspects of Production, Uncle Napo, I owe you a debt of gratitude simply because no matter what you were doing you always gave me a listening ear and a smile. Its amazing what a listening ear and a smile can do in the transformational process of ones character andf life. I owe that to you Sir. Maximum Respects and continue to rest in perfect peace🙏
To the rest of the crew, boy what a team..I salute the legendary Francis Kwakye (sound) , Frisky Riley Tee (Gaffer), Abe Markwei(continuity) Francis Annan aka Sey baby (Crane/Dolly operator(Late) ), Nat Pobee (Camera operator), Samuel Nai (editing), Kako Ampomah ( editing), Professor William Anku(Late)Music score), William Akuffo Parry (Production Mgr) Ethel Kudjo (script writer) and pls forgive me if I’ve left anyone out.
To Anthony Woode and the new generation some will say there will be only one true Inspector Bediako,represented by me, Oscar Provencal. That maybe somewhat true, especially from my generation. Do not be perturbed. Do not try and be me. Try to be better. Be yourself and carve a whole new identity that your generation can identify with and as i have told told you in private, now in public , you have my blessings. Go out there and conquer the world and I pray 30years from now people will still mention your name with nostalgia as they do mine. Always remember it is a gift from God and opportunity from man. What you do with that opportunity entirely lies with you.
Finally, the only thing that truly matters to me now is that brand Inspector Bediako moves from an African legend to a global legend. Inspector Bediako is a brand that is authentically Ghanaian, made in Ghana, by Ghanaians and for Ghanaians and that brand. May the brand and legacy of Inspector Bediako be passed on from generation to generation with a firm understanding that it represents something far deeper than a mere tv show but a platform that captures, promotes and portrays the true reflection & values of ourselves as Ghanaians, ever reminding us of our responsibilities as a people to contribute to national development in all that we do.
May the new Inspector Bediako series enter the Sankofa zone, looking back and learning the lessons of the past, yet pointing our society towards the present and future, ensuring this nation becomes the God given ‘paradise and garden of eden’ we seek it to be.
Thank you to the Ceo of DSTV , also to Ken and the management for bringing back the Legend.
Finally and most importantly of all , thank you to the creator of the universe from whom all creative juices are vested, derived, ebb and flow from. You finally answered the words and belief that were put out to the four corners of the universe some 30 years ago by millions of Ghanaians. Some call it prayer. Who say God no dey? What is yours is yours even if it goes away from you , if it is yours, it will surely come back to you🙏
Long live Inspector Bediako.
Indeed,the legend is back. #inspectorbediako
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