Hand Drawn Bootleg Movie Posters From Ghana

Hand drawn movie posters have a very rich history in Ghana. Why? Because of the poor economy, there were no fancy printers or presses, and even if there were, they wouldn’t bother with something as silly as posters for bootleg movies. And so came a tradition of artists who created posters to create interest in these movies, even if they had to hand-paint them on flour bags. Though the means of printing became much more accessible, the tradition survives because of its extremely unique entertainment value. Scroll down to see some of the best (worst?) examples!

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

Hand drawn movie poster from Ghana.

26 thoughts on “Hand Drawn Bootleg Movie Posters From Ghana”

  1. I so want the ghost dog poster, because of the rotties with guns. I would actually pay for a number of these if I ever found them on sale. Seriously.

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  2. I don’t get the joke? These are all official posters for these movies. I remember the Die Hard one when it came out, classic poster.

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  3. Ghost dog is among my favorite! Because there wasn’t a single dog in the whole movie, the only animals were birds if I recal correctly.

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  4. Who hasn’t wanted to hug an unbuttoned giant Jeff Goldblum? That portion of that poster alone made my week! And the giant cat in the Godfather poster? Purrrrfect!

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  5. I’ll take the Gadfaddah poster any day.
    It’s hilarious how they’ll throw in stuff that has nothing to do with the movies!

  6. The motorcycle guy in the Mission Impossible poster has arms coming out of his head. 😆 I used to love those drawings when the kids were little..

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  7. I’m from Ghana and I’d say; “Damn! Those were the days. They’de hang these up on signboards early in the morning and write the premier time with chalk. It was so fascinating at the time. They were around Around for years (last saw one around 2005-2007). I recall crowded cinemas (we called “video center”l). CRT tvs and VHS tapes. These things phased out when VCDs arrived. Good old days.
    Also, they’re for sale in many art galleries in Accra (digital printed copies). Originals were drown on flour sacks and cost about 20- 50$

  8. I’m looking to buy star wars versions and willing to pay $$$ message me on Instagram thetremfather

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