Abdul Salam Mumuni
He has indeed distinguished himself as one of the accomplished leaders, and more so, movie producers in the Ghanaian industry, but the dramatic rise of the young and handsome, Alhaji Abdul Salam Mumuni, chief executive officer of Venus films production is a phenomenon one. A feat he has achieved which his peers could only dream of.
In an exclusive interview, Abdul Salam Mumuni recalled how the bustling and hustling of street life ignited the desire of his success today. “I remember dropping out from school and selling chewing gums and empty cartons on the streets of Okaishie, Accra because my parents had no money to send me to school” he outlined
According to Salam the (savior) of the film industry as the connoisseurs prefer to call him, he met one Alhaji who dealt in money exchanges or what we called black market in 1988, and became his messenger were he (Salam) was running errands from Accra to Lagos(Nigeria).”I worked with this Alhaji for two years and in 1990, I started my own business. I began selling empty Cds, cassettes and recorded foreign and Nigerian movies “he added
In 1992 Salam became the sole distributor of blank cds and cassettes for the well acclaimed India electronic company Nulec industry “I later traveled to Singapore importing this goods but people started flooding into the business with some dubious means rending less productive “he meted out
The essence of good leadership is the courage to do what you believe is right, when it is unpopular and the skill to bring people from different view point together to get things done. That is exactly what Salam stands for.
His passion for movies drove him to establish a recording studio for VHS in his house and later it was named Venus films, according to him the had the name Venus from a popular Indian production companies,
“I was inspired by that name because they were doing marvelously well in the Indian film industry, in years 2000 I did a collaboration with Cosmoses a Nigerian production house and we came out with the movie title “No confidence which starred the likes of DanteiMensah, Pascaline Edwards, kalsumSinare, Emmanuel Armah and others, it was followed by the movie title “God Of Justices” in 2001 I brought in Ramsey Nouh ,Susan Patrick,Nkirusylvnus, JaykeAernan,and others to star in the movie lost confidence” he added
Others he went to produce is “my heart”, “God love prostitute” with Genevieve Nnaji in fact this movies couldn’t see the light of day all because the film industry was going through its lumpy phase back in the days. The big breakthrough came in 2004 when the distributor, producer Salam decided to feature only Ghanaians in his movies and the movie Divine Love mark the resurgence of the Ghanaian film industry. It had the likes of Jackie Appiah, Van vicker ,Majid Michael, Rama Brew, George Williams amongst others.
Venus has gone on to produce about 150 movies which most of them making it big in the box office. We can make mention of Beyoncé, Mummy’s daughter, Darkness of Sorrows, The king Is Mine, Chelsea, Dons in Sakawa, Who Loves Me, 4 play/4 play reloaded. Princess Pride, her Excellency, Agony of the Christ, Crime to Christ, The Beast, Seduction and Other block buster’s.
On his last words Abdul Salam Mumuni thanks his fans for supporting him all years and asked them to keep patronizing his works.
Story :By Anil Tahilramani and Mustapha Ayinde Inusah A.K.A Attractive ( Ghana/Nigeria Best) Venus Films Media Men
His first film, which brought attention back to the film industry in Ghana, was God Loves Prostitutes, which starred Nollywood star Genevieve Nnaji. Salaams Venus Film Production is responsible for the discovery of the likes of Van Vicker, Jackie Aygemang, Nadia Buari and a host of emerging others.
- Return of Beyonce
- Mummys Daughter
- Wedlock of the Gods
- Darkness of Sorrow
- My mothers Heart
- Divine Love
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