Volta River Authority Video Documentary

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THE CLIENT

Volta River Authority (VRA) was established in 1961 with the responsibility for the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Volta River. The dam will supply Ghana and its neighbouring countries with electricity. The hydroelectric dam created at the time the formation of the largest man-made lake in the world with a surface area of 8,502 square kilometres.

THE CHALLENGE

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Volta River Authority sought to produce a video that will share the story 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 expertise in research and production of topical documentaries. The Eagles research team spent over 6months exploring locations and historical sites to filmed, consulting with present/past staff, consultants, residents, traditional rulers and expatriates that worked on the Dam project in the early 1960s. The team also spent time visiting resettled communities that once occupied the areas flooded by the dam. 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. Our video 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 shared the stories and experiences of members of the community, employees, builders, contractors, traditional rulers, and expatriates who were around at the time of the construction.

The documentary since its release 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 organisations. It has also become a popular research video online attracting over 31k views on YouTube alone.