Exactly eleven years ago (30th May 2002), the world woke up to the shocking news of the sudden demise of ace comedian-cum-actor, John Bosompem Santo who was widely known as Bob Santo. Although the world might have forgotten of this great man of the nation, your authoritative entertainment web portal www.nydjlive.com in an exclusive interview with popular film director, Mr. Charles Aboagye who worked with him on several occasions tried to relive the memories of the late Bob Santo who he described as an irreplaceable gem in the Ghanaian movie industry.
Speaking on why he would describe the late Bob Santo as irreplaceable in an era where the likes of Agya Koo, Kwaku Manu, Lil Win and many others are reigning with equally great movies, Mr James Aboagye disclosed Bob Santo’s title as irreplaceable spanned from his experience from Concert party which was a live stage act, his exposure with ace Ghanaian musician ….’s musical group as a musician, his passion for the profession and not the monetary motivation as well as the respect he had for the people he worked with; characteristics he describes as very rare to find amongst most of the current generation.
Mr. James Aboagye who spoke passionately on the passing of the irreplaceable Ghanaian actor recounted how Bob Santo saved the Akan movie industry from collapsing.
In an era where most movies were shown in cinemas, you could have people fill all the cinemas around town even on Monday but the same could not be said of Fridays. A careful study however proved that it was a result of then “Concert Party” which was airing on TV”. That was when most of us as producers began to fuse the characters from concert party with movie personalities and it was a big success since then.
Mr. James Aboagye also lamented on the indisputable effect of Bob Santo’s passing on Judas, a colleague who seemed more of his right hand man.
Bob Santo at the age of 62.
Eleven years down the lane, what is your fondest memory of Bob Santo?
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