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11 Ghanaian Actors who are shinning in Hollywood

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To most actors the world over, having a place in America’s movie industry, is their utmost desire.

Being the world’s largest movie industry, Hollywood has been the model for most movie industries in different parts of the world.

Ghanaians for many years have been worried about breaking boundaries to win Grammy Awards, the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards, the Oscars, and the like.

However, there are some Ghanaian living in Europe and America who are making great strides in the entertainment industry.

While it has been difficult for Ghanaians born in Ghana to gain such prominence in Hollywood, being born in America or Europe and sometimes, having a parent as a citizen of these places is the trump card to the artist easily breaking through the Hollywood market.

With the exception of Abraham Attah and a few others, most of the Ghanaians making an impact in Hollywood are of mixed parentage or were born in either the Americas or Europe.

Let’s take a look at some of these Ghanaians making Ghana proud in Hollywood:

1. Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson is an American actress of Ghanaian descent. She is known for her roles as Naevia in the Starz television series Spartacus and DC Comics character Amanda Waller in The CW TV series Arrow.

Since November 2016, she plays the role of Nadine Memphis on the USA Network series Shooter.

Addai-Robinson was born on January 12, 1985, in London. Her mother is from Ghana and her father, a US citizen. She moved to the U.S. when she was 4 and was raised by her mother in a suburb of Washington, D.C.

Cynthia is a graduate of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland and Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater.

Cynthia Addai-Robinson

In addition, she trained at Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and in dance forms ballet, jazz and tap. She received some special forces-style training by Navy SEALs and New Zealand Special Air Service personnel during the filming of Spartacus: War of the Damned.

2. Boris Kodjoe

Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe better known as Boris Kodjoe, is an Austrian-born actor of German and Ghanaian descent known for his roles as Kelby in the 2002 film Brown Sugar, the sports-courier agent Damon Carter on the Showtime drama series Soul Food and was a recurring character on FOX’s The Last Man on Earth.

He currently co-stars on BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood and the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off, Station 19.

Boris Kodjoe

Kodjoe was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Ursula, a German psychologist of partially Jewish descent, and Eric Kodjoe, a Ghanaian physician who is of the Krobo people[citation needed]. His namesake is the Russian poet and writer Boris Pasternak.

Kodjoe’s matrilineal great-grandmother was Jewish and died in the Holocaust; his maternal grandmother survived the war in hiding. Kodjoe’s parents divorced when he was six years old.

In December 2018 he visited Ghana with some 40 Black Hollywood stars, who visited some historic places in Ghana and also took time to connect with their ancestry.

3. Abraham Attah

When he was cast in ‘Beast of No Nation’ in 2015, little did people know the 14-year-old Ashaiman boy was going to cross over to the other world of the make-believe industry so soon.

To achieve a feat many adult actors could not attain within such a short period of time, some have described Abraham’s breakthrough as one of divine influence.

Abraham Nii Attah, born 2 July 2001, is a Ghanaian actor, who currently lives in the United States of America for his career and education.

Abraham Attah

His leading role as child soldier Agu in ‘Beast No Nation’ won him the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.

In 2017, he appeared in the Marvel film Spider-Man: Homecoming. He has joined the ensemble cast of Shane Carruth’s third film, The Modern Ocean.

4. Idris Elba

He’s Forbes’ sexiest man in the world; an enviable accolade most men would kill to have.

Of course, to most female movie fans, Idris comes along as a heartthrob – one that could easily steal your woman’s attention when he appears on the screens.

Born on September 6, 1972, Idrissa Akuna Elba is an English actor, producer, musician, and DJ.

He is known for playing drug trafficker Stringer Bell on the HBO series The Wire, DCI John Luther on the BBC One series Luther and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013).

He has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, winning one and was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award.

Idris Elba

Elba appeared in Ridley Scott’s American Gangster (2007) and Prometheus (2012). Elba portrays Heimdall in Thor (2011) and its sequels Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017), as well as Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). He also starred in Pacific Rim (2013), Beasts of No Nation (2015), for which he received BAFTA, and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Molly’s Game (2017).

In 2016, he voiced Chief Bogo in Zootopia, Shere Khan in the live-action/CGI adaptation of The Jungle Book, Fluke in Finding Dory, and played the role of Krall in Star Trek Beyond. He made his directorial debut in 2018 with an adaptation of the 1992 novel Yardie by Victor Headley.

Recently there were speculations that he was being considered to play the next James Bond.

In addition to his acting work, Elba is a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis (or Big Driis the Londoner) and an R&B musician.

5. Nana Kofi Siriboe

Another Ghanaian making Ghana proud in Hollywood is a Ghanaian American actor and model Nana-Kofi Siriboe.

He has starred as Ralph Angel Bordelon in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar, since 2016.

Siriboe was born in Los Angeles, California. His parents were born in Ghana.

Nana Kofi Siriboe

He is the middle child and has two brothers, the actors Kwame Boateng and Kwesi Boakye. As a model, he signed with Wilhelmina Models New York and Vision Los Angeles.

In the film, Siriboe debuted playing a supporting role in the 2008 comedy-drama, The Longshots. He later has appeared in films Prom (2011), Whiplash (2014), and Straight Outta Compton (2015). On television, he guest-starred on Lincoln Heights and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. From 2014 to 2015, he had a recurring role in the MTV comedy-drama series, Awkward.

In 2016, Siriboe was cast in a series regular role opposite Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar, produced by Ava DuVernay. In 2017, he co-starred in the romantic comedy film Girls Trip, starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish.

6. Akosua Busia

Did you know former Prime Minister of Ghana, Dr. Abrefa Busia has a daughter who blazing a trail in the movie industry?

Well, Akosua Gyamama Busia is the daughter of the former Prime Minister, best known for her role as Nettie Harris in the 1985 film The Color Purple alongside Whoopi Goldberg.

She is an actress, film director, author, and songwriter who lives in the United Kingdom.

Akosua is a princess of the royal family of Wenchi. Her sister, Abena Busia, is a poet and academic, who was a professor in English at Rutgers University, and since 2017 has been the Ghanaian ambassador to Brazil.

Akosua Busia

Akosua Busia grew up in Ghana, and began her acting career at the age of 16, attending London’s Central School of Speech and Drama on scholarship.

Her first acting role was as Juliet in an otherwise white cast performing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at Oxford University, where her siblings were studying.

Busia’s film roles include a notable performance as Bessie in a 1986 film adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel Native Son (with Geraldine Page and Matt Dillon), as Jewel in John Singleton’s Rosewood (1997), and as Patience in Antoine Fuqua’s Tears of the Sun (2003).

Busia is the author of The Seasons of Beento Blackbird: A Novel. She was one of three co-writers for the screenplay adaptation of Toni Morrison’s 1987 novel Beloved for the 1998 film version of the same name directed by Jonathan Demme. In 2008 Busia directed a film about her father: The Prof. A Man Remembered. Life, Vision & Legacy of K.A. Busia.[13] Busia also co-wrote the song “Moon Blue” with Stevie Wonder for his album A Time 2 Love, released in 2005.

After an 18-year hiatus to raise her daughter, in 2016 Busia returned to acting in the off-Broadway and Broadway production of Danai Gurira’s play Eclipsed, alongside Lupita Nyong’o.

For her performance off-Broadway, she received an Obie Award for Distinguished Performance as Rita.

7. Michael Blackson

Until he hosted the 5th All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) in Ghana in 2018, most Ghanaians knew little about him. But Michael Blackson has made a great impact in Hollywood with his acting and comedy career.

Blackson moved up the acting ladder with his most notable onscreen performance as ‘Angry African Man’ in the 2000 comedy film Next Friday, produced by Ice Cube’s film production company Cubevision.

In 2005 he released his top-selling comedy sketch CD entitled Modasucka: Welcome to America.

Also in 2005, he made an appearance on, TV series 30 Rock, P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy on HBO, and starred in a commercial for the Chappelle Show on Comedy Central. In 2007, he was in the movie Repos with Master P (written and produced by Master P).

Michael Blackson

In 2010, he appeared in B.o.B’s “I’ll Be In the Sky” music video. In 2011, he recently appeared on BET “The Mo’Nique Show” which his appearance had him trending on Twitter& also going on his third appearance on TBS Series Are We There Yet.

In 2011, Michael recently starred on Starz’s Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up which had 3 million views on Youtube, and Showtime’s Shaquille O’Neal All-Star Comedy Jam; plus he is currently headlining Shaq All-Star Comedy Jam Tour.

8. Peter Mensah

Peter Mensah is also a Ghanaian. Yes, he is.

In 2018, he was in Ghana for his father’s funeral but kept himself away from the media. Perhaps, because he wanted to focus on the purpose for which he came to Ghana – to mourn his father and not to grant media interviews.

Peter Mensah is a Ghanaian-British actor, best known for his roles in the films Tears of the Sun, Hidalgo, 300, and television series such as Starz’s Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, and Spartacus: Vengeance.

Peter Mensah

He was born in Chiraa, Ghana, and comes from an academic family. He was born to parents from the Brong Ahafo Region, and moved to Hertfordshire, England, with his father, Peter Osei Mensah, an engineer, his mother, a writer, and two younger sisters at a young age.

9. Joey Ansah

Joey Ansah was born in London, England, of mixed ethnicity, the second son of celebrated Ghanaian fashion designer Kofi Ansah and his Devon-born wife Nicola. His sister is the visual artist Tanoa Sasraku-Ansah, his brother is musician Ryan Ansah, and his uncle is film director Kwaw Ansah.[citation needed]

Ansah lived in London for the first 10 years of his life before emigrating with his family to Ghana. There he studied the martial art of Taekwondo for four years and took up hip-hop dance and motorbike racing.

At 15 he returned to England, settling with his mother and young sister in Plymouth. While studying for his GCSEs and A-levels at Devonport High School for Boys, he began training in the martial art of Ninpo Taijutsu and eventually earned a black belt in the art.

Joey Ansah

This would include a period of training with Bujinkan Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi. Later, while studying for his degree in human biology at Oxford Brookes University, he began training in the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira.

He also worked as a model and extra at this time.[citation needed]

10. Agyemang Frema

Freema Agyeman is an English actress who is known for playing Martha Jones in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who and its spin-off series Torchwood, and Amanita Caplan in the Netflix science fiction drama Sense8.

Following her departure from Doctor Who and a role in the BBC series Little Dorrit, Agyeman held a starring role as Alesha Phillips in the crime procedural drama Law & Order: UK between 2009 and 2012.

Agyemang Frema

In 2013, she made her US television debut on The CW’s teen drama The Carrie Diaries as Larissa Loughlin, a style editor at Interview magazine. Other television appearances include Old Jack’s Boat, Silent Witness, and Survivors.

Agyeman also appeared as Penny in the 2015 film North v South. In 2018, she became part of the main cast of the NBC medical procedural series New Amsterdam.

11. Hugh Quarshie

Hugh Anthony Quarshie is a Ghanaian-born British actor. Some of his best-known roles include his appearances in the films Highlander (1986), The Church (1989), Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), and the Doctor Who episodes “Daleks in Manhattan” and “Evolution of the Daleks” (2007) as well as his long-running role as Ric Griffin in the BBC medical drama Holby City (2001–present). Quarshie has played the role of Ric for 17 years and is the longest-serving cast member in Holby City.

Quarshie had considered becoming a journalist before taking up acting. He is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in many stage productions and television programmes, including the serial Behaving Badly with Judi Dench.

He is well known for playing the roles of Sunda Kastagir in Highlander, Captain Panaka in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and Ric Griffin on the television series Holby City.

He attended the Star Wars fan event “Star Wars Celebration” in 1999. He portrayed Lieutenant Obutu in Wing Commander.

He appeared in the 2007 two-part Doctor Who episode “Daleks in Manhattan”/”Evolution of the Daleks” as Solomon, the leader of the shanty-town Hooverville. He headed the cast of Michele Soavi’s The Church (1989) as Father Gus, and played Aaron the Moor in the BBC Television Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.

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ASGAB Foklex Media Awards 2023/24: Mc Rabbi Crowned Best Entertainment Program Show Host in Ashanti Region

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The National Theatre played host to the 13th edition of the prestigious ASGAB Foklex Media Awards on Saturday, 11th May, 2024, in a ceremony that celebrated exceptional journalism and outstanding achievements in the Ghanaian media landscape. The event, organized by Foklex Media, aimed to recognize and reward deserving media personalities and organizations for their contributions to the industry.

Among the esteemed winners was Mc Rabbi, a talented radio presenter with Abusua 96.5 FM, who took home the coveted “Entertainment Program Host Of The Year” award for the Ashanti Region. Mc Rabbi’s popular show, “Anigyee Mmere,” which airs every Saturday on Abusua 96.5 FM, has become a household name in the region, attracting a massive following and critical acclaim.

The award category, which was keenly contested by other notable presenters, including Mr. Black, Tony Best, Emcee Bebe, and others, recognized Mc Rabbi’s exceptional talent, dedication, and contributions to the entertainment industry. His win was a testament to his hard work, passion, and ability to connect with his audience, making him one of the most listened-to presenters in the region.

The ASGAB Foklex Media Awards, now in its 13th year, has established itself as a benchmark of excellence in the Ghanaian media industry, recognizing and rewarding outstanding achievements in various categories, including radio, television, print, and digital media. The awards ceremony was attended by prominent media personalities, industry stakeholders, and dignitaries, who gathered to celebrate the best of Ghanaian journalism and media excellence.

Mc Rabbi’s win is a proud moment for the EIB Network’s franchise in the Ashanti region, which has consistently promoted exceptional talents and innovative programming. The network’s commitment to excellence and its dedication to providing a platform for talented media personalities like Mc Rabbi have paid off, as evident in this well-deserved win.

Congratulations to Mc Rabbi and the entire EIB Network team on this outstanding achievement!

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Joseph Matthew Is A Talented Musician With A Deep Understanding Of His Craft – Fredyma

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Renowned Ghanaian music producer, Fred Kyei Mensah, popularly known as Fredyma, has lavished praises on the incredibly talented Afro-gospel musician, Joseph Matthew. With a music career that has transcended borders, Joseph Matthew has become a household name in the gospel music scene in Ghana and the UK, inspiring countless believers with his soul-stirring songs that offer great inspiration and hope.

Since his debut single, “Hallelujah,” in 2019, Joseph Matthew has consistently released hit songs that have captivated audiences worldwide. His discography includes “Nyame Ye” (2019), a powerful song that showcases his vocal range and lyrical depth; “My Story” (2020), a heartfelt testimony of his faith journey; “Not Alone” (2021), a uplifting anthem that resonated with many during the pandemic; “The Name” (2022), a worshipful song that highlights the power of God’s name; “Blessed” (2023), a joyful song that won the “Best Gospel Song of The Year UK” award at the 2023 Ghana Music Awards UK; and “Promise Land,” a soulful song that encourages believers to hold onto God’s promises.

Fredyma, a legendary music producer and pundit, recently reviewed Joseph Matthew’s songs on Onua FM, describing him as a “great artiste” who “understands music.” He praised Joseph Matthew’s vocal strength, lyrical clarity, and skillful incorporation of African rhythms into his music, which sets him apart from other gospel artistes.

Fredyma also commended Joseph Matthew’s ability to perfectly fuse timing, tuning, and tempo in his songs, making him a standout artiste in the industry.

The legendary music producer urged radio presenters to frequently play Joseph Matthew’s songs, acknowledging his significant contribution to the music industry and his ability to inspire and uplift listeners.

With a new single, “Fear No Man,” set to drop in July 2024, Joseph Matthew is poised to continue inspiring and uplifting his fans with his incredible music.

Watch the interview below to hear Fredyma’s glowing review of Joseph Matthew’s talent and music, and get ready to be blessed by Joseph Matthew’s upcoming single!”

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