Oral History Of The Akosombo Dam



Volta River Authority: Government Energy Sector

The Client

The Volta River Authority (VRA) was established in April 26 1961 as Ghana’s number one generator and supplier of electricity. VRA was responsible for the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Volta River that was to have the capacity to supply Ghana and neighbouring countries with electricity.  The dam that was created as a result of the construction has formed the largest manmade lake in the world with a surface area of 8,502 square kilometres. 


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.

VRA was looking for an agency that had a strong research skill to undertake research into the untold history and develop and direct the production of a documentary.


EMH was awarded the keenly contested tender because of its rich experience in research and production of topical documentaries.

Our research team spent over 6months consulting with both present and past staff, consultants, local residents, traditional rulers and expatriates that worked on the project in Ghana in the early 1960s, The team also spent a couple of months visiting communities and sites that were once occupied by people but now submerged by the lake. The essence of these activities was to enable the team paint a picture of life before, during and after the constructions of the dam.

The research was transcribed into a script and a story board to form the basis of the project. The film crew spent a further 3months filming and interviewing on various locations across the length and breadth of the Volta River.

At each stage, EMH was in consultation with the authority to ensure no detail was missed.


EMH Global produced a short documentary for the authority titled “Oral History of The Akosombo Dam”.  The documentary was based on a catalogue of shared experiences by locals, employees, builders, contractors, traditional rulers and expatriates who were around at the time of the construction.  

The documentary since its release has received overwhelming response from both the general public and the authority who are using it as their main communications video.

The documentary has also allowed the client and its stakeholders to understand the rich history and culture of organisation.


Oral History


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