Mr. Mawuko Kuadzi, founder of MK Casting and the pioneering casting agency in Ghana, has achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first Ghanaian and the third African to be accepted into the prestigious International Casting Directors Association (ICDA).
The ICDA, comprising renowned casting directors worldwide, is dedicated to promoting excellence in the casting profession, fostering collaboration, and setting industry standards.
With a proven track record in successful casting ventures locally and internationally, Mr. Kuadzi has not only established his name but has also placed Ghana on the global casting map. His acceptance into the ICDA underscores his talent, expertise, and commitment to advancing the art of casting.
MK Casting, the premier Ghanaian casting firm founded by Mr. Kuadzi, specializes in a wide range of productions, including films, commercials, TV series, music videos, billboards, documentaries, theatre, radio, and magazines.
In a statement, Mr. Dwomoh-Doyen Benjamin, Executive Director of the African Chamber of Content Producers, hailed Mr. Kuadzi's acceptance into the ICDA as a triumph for the entire African casting industry, marking a step toward greater recognition and representation on the global stage.
The statement emphasized the significance of Mr. Kuadzi's historic membership, stating, “As the first Ghanaian and third African member of the prestigious ICDA, his talent and dedication are shining a bright light on the immense potential of African actors and the Ghanaian casting scene.”
Beyond personal achievement, Mr. Kuadzi's inclusion in the ICDA signifies a pivotal moment for African representation in the international film and television industry.
His presence is expected to open doors for more diverse casting choices, elevate African stories globally, and inspire aspiring talent across the continent.
The statement noted that Mr. Kuadzi's impact extends beyond symbolism, citing his impressive portfolio that includes work on acclaimed projects like Netflix's “Beasts of No Nation,” Amazon Prime's original series “Treadstone,” BBC and Netflix series “Black Earth Rising,” and Ghana's first feature film submitted to the Oscars, “Azali.”
Speaking on his groundbreaking achievement, Mr. Kuadzi stated, “I believe my membership in the ICDA will pave the way for greater recognition, collaboration, and opportunities for African actors and casting professionals on the world stage.”
In addition to his casting endeavors, Mr. Kuadzi serves as the Theatre Director of HOGOF Theatre Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating education and social change through drama, music, and dance.