Africans needed to see themselves on TV – Kojo Yankah shares the inspiration behind ‘Inspector Bediako’


The founder of the African University College of Communications (AUCC) and creator of the popular TV series ‘Inspector Bediako’, says it is important for Africans to see themselves on screen.

Kojo Yankah shared the drive to produce one of the best and only locally produced law enforcement programs of the early 90s.

In an interview with Y107.9 FM’s Y Leaderboard series, he revealed that his passion for writing was behind the creator of “Inspector Bediako”, but more importantly, the desire to change the narrative and allow Africans to “see themselves on television sets”.

“I’m glad DStv came on board and said they wanted to show Inspector Bediako. It’s one of the things I created. It was like writing a book. I created it because I thought Africans should see themselves on TV.

“We watched a lot of detective series. I wondered if we could also do some detective work. Our police haven’t reached that level, so I’m going to use technology in a fictional space and create an Inspector Bediako,” he told host Reverend Erskine.

On choosing the name, he added, “I chose the name for a reason. Bediako is someone who likes to fight so he fights against social ills, indiscipline, corruption, bribes. wine and stuff like that. I created Bediako to be the one who will now fight all these social ills.

“It was in the late early 90s and again we got private sponsorship from a number of companies. They were fighting among themselves to sponsor and at first it was like it was going to survive? An African TV, detective series then it worked. Even the children when you send a child in the afternoon, they would probably forget because they are going to watch Inspector Bediako.

Mr Yankah repeated that the series was later put on hold after pursuing his political ambition.

“Because I went to parliament and the political time did not allow me to deepen the narrative. There were other people running it, but it didn’t have the kind of seriousness it had, so it was suspended,” he said.

“Inspector Bediakor” after its launch in Accra on March 24, 1993 gave the country a unique feeling of black excellence.

The 30-minute episodes featured the likes of Oscar Provençal as lead actor, Akosua Abdallah, Gloria Nsia Ababio (Dela), Martin Owusu (Bentle), and Teiko.

Later last year, in December 2021, the crime movie got a remake with some new faces in the industry.

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