Founder of the African University College of Communications (AUCC) and creator of the favored ‘Inspector Bediako’ TV collection, says it can be crucial that Africans see themselves on the display screen.

Kojo Yankah shared the drive for producing probably the greatest and sole domestically produced regulation enforcement programmes within the early 90s.

In an interview with Y107.9 FM’s Y Leaderboard Series, he disclosed that his ardour for writing factored within the creator of ‘Inspector Bediako’, however most significantly, the will to change the narrative and permit Africans “see themselves on television sets.”

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

“We used to watch a lot of detective series. I asked myself that we also do detective work. Our Police haven’t gotten to that level so I’ll use technology into a fiction space and create an Inspector Bediako,” he told host Rev Erskine.

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

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

“It was late in the 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 will this survive? An African TV, detective series then it got on. Even children when you send any child in the afternoon they’d probably forget because they’re going to watch Inspector Bediako.”

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