In this week’s edition of Society, we present one of the Gambia’s rising actresses, Binta Janneh; who is not just an actress but is also into broadcasting. The beautiful and talented actress in a recent interview with this columnist talked about herself, her group’s present product in the market as well as her next movie in the industry.
Society: Tell us about Binta?
Binta: I am Binta Janneh, Head of Admin at Afrinity Film Productions; also I am a presenter and as well actress.
Society: In brief, can you take us through your educational background?
Binta: I did my primary and upper basic schools in Bakau and proceeded to Glory Baptist and later went to Bahai Institute where I studied my diploma in nformation technology.
Society: What type of programme do you present?
Binta: At Afrinity Film Productions, we do sport link where we discuss anything about sports. Also we have a programme called market link, it is going to the market and hear the view of customers and our showbiz is basically to bring up young talented Gambian and non-Gambian artists to discover themselves.
Society: What other things does Afrinity Film Productions do?
Binta: We cover different events hence we work in partnership with The Gambia Radio and Television Service (GRTS) where our entire programmes are aired. We also have a YouTube channel where our programmes are as well uploaded. We, do advertisements as well.
Society: What about film production?
Binta: As the name speaks for itself, we inspire young talents to discover their ambitions in acting so we did a movie called London Maga and it was released into the market in May. London Maga movie is doing very well in the market across the country. In terms of production we have everything in place to do a fantastic job.
Society: When did you start acting?
Binta: I started acting when I was very young, precisely in my primary school. When I got admission into upper basic school, I joined the peer education group, where we sensitise people on different issues such as malaria, HIV/AIDS among others and that was how I came into acting full time. This has become a thing and profession I love doing.
Society: And what about appearing on screen?
Binta: I started standing before the big camera to act now barely two years ago but I have been involved in acting to help my community since I joined peer education group. This is because acting is a way of sending message across to people without meeting or seeing them. And acting helps people to understand messages fast and more.
Society: Briefly dilate on this movie, London Maga, now making waves in the market?
Binta: First and foremost, from Afrinity Film Production, I would like to convey our sincere thanks and appreciations to the President of The Gambia, His Excellency Sheikh Prefessor Alhaji Dr Yahaya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa for sponsoring the premiere of ‘LONDON MAGA’ movie. May Allah keep him and his family stronger and make his light brightens more and more.
London Maga is a movie drama characterised with little comedy, prologue and acting based on one of the disturbing issues in Africa. It is a societal movie that explained the desperation of the youth with their desires of travelling overseas for success. The movie is about young talented radio presenter called Adamu who absorbed advice of a fellow presenter to travel to Europe with the belief that his talent would be more appreciated overseas, London specifically. Adamu became anxious, stupid, and desperate that he refused to listen to other advice from friends and family as he called them ‘enemies of progress.’ One way or the other, he found his way to London after giving up his lucrative job and sold his properties to raise money for his ticket to Europe. Then the story continued as we are rightly working on the sequel to London Maga.
Society: What role did you play in London Maga?
Binta: I played the role of a super-fan of Adamu the megastar in the movie and it is all about illegal migration. In the movie, I was one of his fans, because he’s a famous radio presenter and suddenly made a decision to quit his job and travel ‘back way,’ which I tried in the movie to advise and discourage him from his decision because he was a good DJ full of potential that he can realise it in his country.
Society: What were the challenges regarding the production of London Maga?
Binta: To me there was no big challenge regarding my role in the London Maga movie. The role I acted is perfect because I like it so much thus I always like to be an adviser. You need to know and understand your script off-head. And other challenges to some might be the problem of facing the camera and perhaps make them forget what to say.
Society: Apart from Afrinity Film Productions, what other group have you worked for in movie production?
Binta: Well there are different groups wanting me to feature in their movies but I did not approve their offers just simply because I am taking my time to associate with other groups, but will do that in the future.
Society: Moving away from London Maga and its Reloaded Part 2, what other works do you have in the offing?
Binta: Afrinity Productions has lots of scripts ready among them is the season series that will soon be on air on GRTS. We have also comedy movies we are to start bringing them to your view very soon.
Society: What roles do you like playing in movies?
Binta: Just like in the London Maga movie, I like the role of an adviser, and being a daughter.
Society: The industry is still young; producers are not going for historical movies but social life. What is your view on this?
Binta: Well it depends on the message the producer is trying to pass across. Afrinity Film Productions, we go for the top ten which is one of the reasons we looked into illegal migration as it affects the youths in our society. Anyway, it all depends on both financial and human resources.
Society: Do you have anything to say to your fans?
Binta: A big thank you to the President of the Republic of The Gambia for his support to the production and premiere of London Maga. Thanks to my producer, family and friends, GRTS and everybody out there supporting our work and watch out for the Reloaded London Maga Part 2 which will soon come your way.