RĂ©alisatrice : Akua Ofosuhene
Prod : A Serendipitous Production
In Pre Production
Set in 17th century Ghana, Anokye tells the story of a young prince who by law cannot succeed his father as king because he bears the mark of a shaman. Too much power cannot reside in one person. His mother painfully places him in the custody of the shaman KUFFOUR and makes him swear to never reveal Anokye that he is a Prince. Under Kuffour's tutelage Anokye casts incredible spells and communes with nature's spirits. But the people are afraid of this mysterious child and will not let their children play with him. Anokye grows up to become the most powerful shaman in the land but when Kuffour dies Anokye realises that he has no friends or family and is not considered part of the community. He hides his hurt and loss under an arrogant demeanour and becomes overly ambitious, but he remains deeply unhappy...
This is the situation untill he meets Prince Osei, they realise they of magic to fight the overlord, but first they must do the impossible, unite all the clans of Akan under the symbol of the immoveable sword.
I see Anokye's Sword as an African story with something to teach today's world. Anokye and Tutu grew up at a time when people's identities was fixed by blood and custom and the society was fractured, but they realised the only way to improve their fortunes and that of generations to come was to re-create themselves forget their differences and unite with a common purpose. They developed a confederation that ignored peoples pasts and clans. Instead it was about whom they wanted to be and the future they wanted. I think this is a powerful concept. In a world where people are so divided by ethnicity, religion and culture, we need to teach our children that you can recreate yourself based on your goals and that no one should be shackled by their past.
Today the culture they created is the most identified as authentically African. The Asante are the most written about people in sub-Saharan Africa. Kenti cloth has even been used by Coca Cola in an advert. Kenti cloth is used across the Diaspora to represent quintessential African-ness. Adinkra symbols are used by businesses and artists throughout the world.
It was a joy for me when I realised that my identity as an Asante was created less than 400 years ago, there is a freedom in that knowledge. I hope that audiences will take on board the idea that through unity and strength of purpose we can change ourselves and the world.
Original Story by Akua Ofosuhene
Script by Oladipo Agboluaje
Setting by Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy OBE
City Scape by Alice Adjaye of David Adjaye Associate
Prod: A Serendipitous Production