He is a Playwright, a director who aims to heal the world through his art. He has done so much to help theatre arts in Ghana although he is a learned biochemist. He is handsome, down to earth and very talented. Our guest post is Kobina Ansah.
AMOAFOWAA: You are welcome to amoafowaa.com
KOBBY: Thank you your highness.
AMOAFOWAA: Wow. Your highness? Okay, please tell us about Kobina Ansah from birth to now in summary
KOBBY: Chai! I am the penultimate child of my parents; I have a big brother and a kid sister. We have another cousin who has been with us since childhood. I attended basic school at Ghana Believers Church Prep. Sch. in Dansoman and then proceeded to Pope John SHS to read Science in 2003. In 2007, I was admitted into the premier university; University of Ghana to read Biological Science with the hope of entering medical school. I am a Vandal. I qualified for medical school; interview but was ‘bounced’ for whatever reasons unknown to me. Eventually, I ended up reading Biochemistry, which I graduated in 2011. I did my national service at St. Roses SHS, Akwatia, as a Biology tutor. I had to leave some few months ago because I couldn’t juggle teaching and writing so well. Had been teaching for four years. Passion would always have its way, you know. So I’m a full writer now.
AMOAFOWAA: What do you do now apart from writing and directing?
KOBBY: Eeerrm… I sing. I rap, too. Lol. I think aside writing, music is such a big thing to me. I used to be an assistant music director in church back in Akwatia.
AMOAFOWAA: Talented huh? So play writing and directing, what gave birth to that dream?
KOBBY: Play writing. Directing. Haha. I used to write all genres of literature aside play writing. Some friends dared me and I took the challenge up. That’s what has brought me here. Sometimes in life, all you need to do is to take challenges as they come. There’s more inside us than we think. Everything is possible.
AMOAFOWAA: Who did you grow up reading?
KOBBY: No one. I grew up reading newspapers. My dad works with Graphic Communications Group as a mechanical engineer. He would always bring home newspapers and somewhat force us to read and write to them. We all did but I think of the four of us, I honed my reading and writing skills best.
AMOAFOWAA: Are there themes you want to be known for?
KOBBY: No. I don’t want to be predictable. I write on anything; everything. My head is too big to contain only a theme for which i may want to be known.
AMOAFOWAA: Do people show up for your plays?
KOBBY: Yes I will say… but not to my satisfaction. However, I think we are now building the brand. It is a big dream but we need to start small. For us to dare to fly, we need to have learnt how to walk. Every phase in life is a learning one. We are still learning and yearning for a bigger followership and audience.
AMOAFOWAA: Any challenges?
KOBBY: Many; financial especially. No one wants to help until you have made a hit. You sometimes find it discouraging but we can’t give up yet. We have come too far to do so.
AMOAFOWAA: What has been your happiest moments since you started production and why?
KOBBY: Haha. Valentine weekend. 2015. We got the Drama Studio of University of Ghana overflowing with theatre lovers; something which had not happened in ages. I was glad because it was such a dream-come-true. My team worked hard and God rained His blessings. The peak of the bliss was that our audience laughed for three hours unending!
AMOAFOWAA: Wow. What are your long and short term goals?
KOBBY: Long term: I want to touch hearts globally with theatre. I want my company; Scribe Communications (www.scribecommltd.com) and Scribe Productions to be a force to reckon with. We want to provide jobs for young people so they can exploit their creativity as much as they want to. In the short term, I want to be happy. I want to exploit my creativity as a writer and singer. And… I want to be a good husband. Lol. It’s one big dream of mine.
AMOAFOWAA: You want to be a good husband? Please throw more light on that
KOBBY: I’ve always told myself I owe myself and my kids the best mother. The best mother needs the best husband too. A good husband, in my perspective is one who has his family at heart; willing to sacrifice anything and everything for his family. And that is exactly what I wish to do someday. Yes I can!
AMOAFOWAA: Wow! Sitting in these words of yours, I am blushing for your lucky choice.
KOBBY: Lool. Life’s lived just once. We can’t afford not to love. If you have the opportunity to love and be loved by a woman, don’t waste it. It is a rare blessing.
AMOAFOWAA: I wasn’t going to ask but I know writers are dangerous in love. They know all the good things to say and so end up manipulating their lovers. At a point, they become cruel because they know which words hurt best. What is your take on this?
KOBBY: Hmmm. Love is a language. It is a means of communication. Writing is a communication tool. I’m not surprised writers, perhaps, have the choicest words to speak into the ears of their lovers. However, like I’ve always maintained, if a woman indeed loves you, It’s a rare blessing, no need to waste it. Don’t abuse it. You may lose it forever! It is a blessing to be a writer but it’s more blessing to be a loved writer. Take that from me.
AMOAFOWAA: Taken. What impact do you think your plays will have on the nation Ghana and the world at large?
KOBBY: Inspiration. Healing. Motivation. I want every youth out there to be inspired that if only they can work hard, their dreams would be a reality. I also want my plays to touch families and heal broken relationships. No family is for sale…in spite of each other’s blunders! I want to champion causes through theatre. For instance, in Season 2 of ‘This Family Is Not For Sale’, we made mockery of how Africans literally spend all they have on funerals. This is what I am talking about!
AMOAFOWAA: Yes, that thing sucks huh? When you see monies flowing on corpses on an empty stomach. Anyway, apart from what you do, which I know is fun, what do you do for fun?
KOBBY: I love to tease. Probably that’s why I’m good at satire. I tease everyone including myself… even the last time I was ‘bounced’ by my crush. Lol
AMOAFOWAA: A whole Kobby, bounced by his crush? Can I be inquisitive enough to get more out of that?
KOBBY: Hahahaha. Life is some way, you know. It can’t be understood. That’s why it is called life. Those we love may not always love us back. Those who love us, we may not love back too. Life is just some way. Chai! But in all, we move on. If your love is turned down, you don’t give up on yourself, you still love. There’s a woman for every single man out there.
KOBBY: Very much. I love Jesus!
AMOAFOWAA: What is the your most favourite quotation in the Bible?
KOBBY: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
AMOAFOWAA: Movies are popular, stage plays are not that popular in Ghana. In fact, they are mostly acted out in Accra and Kumasi. Uncle Ebo stands out, what do you think can be done to remedy this trait?
KOBBY: Investment. The corporate world shuns from investing in theatre. Theatre is very expensive, Amoafowaa. We can’t do it alone. You run out of business… and ideas… when you run out of money because everything is self-funded. We hope things change soon.
AMOAFOWAA: Do you battle stage fright where your actors and actresses are concerned? If so how do you do it?
KOBBY: I inspire them. I let them know their self-worth. I think motivating others is one thing that comes to me so easily. I am blessed.
AMOAFOWAA: Yes you are. Who do you look up to?
KOBBY: My dad. He hasn’t been to university before yet has seen all of us through it. It’s a big challenge to me. I have no other option than to change my world.
AMOAFOWAA: The biochemistry background, why has it been shelved?
KOBBY: Haha. It hasn’t. I think writing overshadowed it. I actually didn’t intend to read it. Fate brought me there but I am glad it did. I learnt so many things about life and met great friends and lecturers who have played a role in my writing career. One of such lecturers is Dr. Adjimani. He’s something else!
AMOAFOWAA: You were a teacher at St. Roses
KOBBY: Yes please.
AMOAFOWAA: What happened, didn’t like the company of the girls?
KOBBY: Hahaha. I very much loved their company. I was a kind of a darling boy because my alma mater was Pope John. Both schools have a thing for each other. If I were to ever have teaching at heart as a career, that school would have been my best option. However, my passion was calling. I felt I was wasting it. I got less interested in teaching as the days went by. I gave up. But… before I did, I made sure I had impacted as much as I could and I’m grateful to the school authorities for giving me the opportunity to teach there. At least, it helped me overcome my fear for girls. It feels great to teach Biology in a girls school. No silly thoughts though. Lol. Chai!
AMOAFOWAA: Well, thanks for putting a brake on my silly thoughts, but you were afraid of girls? Chai! This one I must ask.
KOBBY: You know attending a boys’ school has its own demerits. I proceeded to an all males’ hall in Legon, Commonwealth Hall. I barely associated with women in the major part of my early life. So intrinsically, I had developedn a fear for them. I had resolved to be a Catholic Priest at some point. Fortunately or unfortunately, I wasn’t a catholic so that became like a fairy dream. Being hurled to St. Roses after Legon was a heartache initially. I never imagined standing in front of many girls teaching Biology. Chai! Eventually, I got over it. Now, most of the friends I have around me are my former students or friends of theirs.
AMOAFOWAA: Lol. You as a house husband, your wife as a house wife, if you are to choose, which one will you choose and why?
KOBBY: House husband. I don’t know why. But… I won’t let my wife be a house one. The name only gives me headache. Lol
AMOAFOWAA: Wow! Way to go Amoafowaa. This is the second potential house husband I am interviewing. Lol. Women and power. Do you think they are a great combination?
KOBBY: Maybe yes. Maybe no. Some women can really make power look disgusting. Others do just fine with it.
AMOAFOWAA: Do you ever wish to cause a political kneeling with your stage act?
KOBBY: Haha. I haven’t thought about it. But you just gave me an idea. Thank you!
AMOAFOWAA: Lol. Who is your favourite politician of all times?
KOBBY: I think Akua Donkor. The crown ( sorry clown) fits her so well. She will be such a good president. Pun intended. Lol.
AMOAFOWAA: Lol. Pun taken. Single, secretly married or hawking girls on “apanpan”? Lol
KOBBY: Single. I have never dated before. Sounds strange but that’s the uncomfortable truth. I have been ‘bounced’ severally though. Hahaha. There’s still life after bouncing. Life goes on.
AMOAFOWAA: How old are you again?
AMOAFOWAA: Wow! Which damsel can gain your attention?
KOBBY: A smart one. One who can keep a home. Producing babies makes one a woman. Keeping a home makes them a wife.
AMOAFOWAA: Which part of Ghana do you deem most beautiful?
KOBBY: Haven’t travelled much. I’ll maintain Accra is.
AMOAFOWAA: You should travel more, Amedzofe, Aburi, Kwahu Obo, my favourite places in Ghana. Kobby, are you romantic or a typical African as people call men who fail to express their feelings
KOBBY: For now I think I am the typical type. After dating, I’ll ascertain which I would be.
AMOAFOWAA: If you are certain that the world is ending today, what are the three things you would wish to complete before it ends?
KOBBY: 1. Preach Christ. 2. Repeat number 1 3. Repeat number 2
AMOAFOWAA: You want to go to heaven that badly? Nice. To end racial discrimination, some people believe we need to as it were “cross breed”. What is your voice on this?
KOBBY: I don’t think so. Racism is a thing of the mind. We even discriminate among our own tribes. Unless we change our minds, crossbreeding can’t do much.
AMOAFOWAA: Homosexualism and bisexualism, which one would you promote and why?
KOBBY: None. My Christian values don’t teach me that.
AMOAFOWAA: Who do you think can turn Ghana into a developed country? Which personality and why?
KOBBY: Anyone can. Anyone with humanity at heart. Greed has eaten so much into our society that we have lost it for humanity. That’s our bane.
AMOAFOWAA: Kobby, in your own observation, what do you think can kill someone’s career in the fastest possible way and why?
KOBBY: Pride. If you are proud, you may have fallen long ago and would not even know. I always maintain my humble composure wherever I find myself. If my salary would always be someone else’s tithe, what is the essence of throwing myself on people. Chai!
AMOAFOWAA: Chai! Where did you pick that hesitation remark? I know you didn’t take that from me.
KOBBY: Loool. I don’t even remember. Before I knew it, it had become a part of me. I love it. It’s able to convey my exact reaction/emotion.
AMOAFOWAA: If I say fame corrupts and absolute fame corrupts the human character absolutely, will I be wrong or right? Why?
KOBBY: You are very right. Lucifer fell because of his fame. I don’t blame Kanye when he wants to show up like a god because of his fame. After all, fame corrupts. If you don’t have Christ in your life to tame you, you would be heading to doom. Most of us can’t handle fame. We get it and metamorphose into something else overnight.
AMOAFOWAA: A crying child, a mourning woman, a man divorced with no job and contemplating suicide, which one will you try to be close to given the circumstance and why?
KOBBY: Such a dicey one. I would get close the one contemplating suicide because he is a living man who is already dead. The thought of suicide is suicide!
AMOAFOWAA: Now you are showing off with your intellectual skills. Lol. Who is your favourite musician of all times?
KOBBY: I don’t think I have any. I love songs which exhibit creativity and originality. It should be able to convey a message, too.
AMOAFOWAA: Catapulting for birds, listening to grandma’s stories by the fireside, hunting in the woods with father for antelopes, which would you choose and why?
KOBBY: Listening to stories. It would challenge my creativity.
AMOAFOWAA: Women in politics, are they enough? If they aren’t, given the power, how would you solve the situation?
KOBBY: We don’t seem to have lot of them. But… I think they are as corrupt as the men. Corruption is not gender bias. I prefer they stay out of it so, at least, we assume that they would have done better if they were there. Sometimes the best comfort is assumption. Lol.
AMOAFOWAA: Wow! Kobby! Well, as a woman, I don’t know whether to begrudge you or not but it sure didn’t sound pleasant no matter the paradox. Which country’s national anthem do you find most interesting, beats, words and all?
KOBBY: South Africa’s. I don’t know the words though but I know when we were kids we used to have a parody of it. It sounds nice to the ears.
AMOAFOWAA: Any play plans ahead?
KOBBY: A lot. Planning for Val’s Day next year God willing with our new hit ‘I Want To Sue God’. It’s a satire which mocks how we blame God for every evil that befalls us when we indeed are the architects of them. In the meantime, we would do a repeat of Season 2 of ‘This Family Is Not For Sale’ before that.
AMOAFOWAA: When exactly will the repeat of season two be?
KOBBY: In Christmas or New year God willing.
AMOAFOWAA: It’s been wonderful having you. Any sponsors you wish to acknowledge?
KOBBY: I want to acknowledge my business partner and friend, Abraham Arthur Otabil, who is Head of our sales, marketing and protocol department. He’s such a genius. Thanks to all my #TeamScribe members, especially Maxwell Agbagba of Radio Universe, and the entire Roses fraternity. God bless you all. Your support is worth more than a fortune to me.
AMOAFOWAA: What is your advice to people who wish to be like you?
KOBBY: Work hard. There’s no substitute for hard work. I have had to double as writer, marketer, producer, director and everything because I need to support myself before anyone else does. Your dream is your headache. Carry it yourself and stop assuming others would help you do so! They can follow me on my blog http://www.kobinaansah.blogspot.com.
AMOAFOWAA: Your final words to followers of amoafowaa.com
KOBBY: Stay glued to this site. You can’t go through this life without inspiration. It will be such a hard thing to do. This is where you will get all that inspiration you need!
AMOAFOWAA: Thank you for passing through
KOBBY: Welcome your highness.
None can tell tales in a writer’s head
But all can sit under his wordy shed
His pen might be under his ‘spaceless’ bed
Which vanishes with him in body dead
Take heed and sit under Kobina’s shed
A body virgin, a brainy gigolo
Young in body, too old in brains
Loving in speech, his life does teach
Few flaws to breach, his mindful reach
Notice now Kobina Ansah’s shed
An example, an inspiration
Great heart, an adoration
Hard work, a sensation
A good workman has God’s best luck
Take heed and learn from Kobina’s chest
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015