Oral History


Environmental Impact

Oral History Of The Akosombo Dam


The Client 

The Volta River Authority (VRA) was established on April 26, 1961. It is Ghana’s number one generator and supplier of electricity. VRA is responsible for the construction of the hydroelectric dam on the Volta River which supplies Ghana and its neighbouring countries with electricity.  The hydroelectric dam has to the formation of the largest manmade lake in the world with a surface area of 8,502 square kilometres.

The Challenge

Volta River Authority was looking to produce a communications video that will share the history of the construction of the dam, the benefits, and effect as well as the efficient management and maintenance of the Dam to date over 50 years on.

The Solution

Eagle London Agency was awarded the keenly contested tender because of our rich experience in research and production of topical documentaries.

The Eagle research team spent over 6months consulting with present/past staff, consultants, local residents, traditional rulers and expatriates that worked on the Dam project in the early 1960s. The team also spent time visiting communities and sites that were once occupied prior to the construction of the lake. The purpose of these activities was to enable the team to paint a vivid picture of life before, during and after the constructions of the dam.

The research was transcribed into a script and a storyboard to form the basis of the project. The Eagle film crew then spent a further three months filming and interviewing on various locations across the length and breadth of the Volta River.

The Outcome

Eagle London Agency produced a short documentary for the authority titled “Oral History of The Akosombo Dam.”  The documentary focused on the experiences of locals, employees, builders, contractors, traditional rulers, and expatriates who were around at the time of the construction. Since the documentary's release, it has received an overwhelmingly positive response from both the general public and the authority who are now using it as their main communication video. The documentary has also allowed the client and its stakeholders to understand the rich history and culture of the organisation.