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Ama K Abebrese
Ama K. Abebrese
Ama K. Abebrese
Born
Ama Konadu Abebrese

(1980-05-03) 3 May 1980 (age 43)
Kumasi, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian, British
Other names Ama K
Education Burlington Danes Academy
William Morris Sixth Form
St Mary's University, Twickenham
Occupation Actress, Television Presenter, Producer
Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role, 2011 AMAA Awards

Ama K. Abebrese (born 3 May 1980) is a British-Ghanaian actress, television presenter and a producer. She was born in Ghana and raised in West London in the United Kingdom. She won the 2011 Best Actress in a Leading Role at the AMAA Awards for her stellar performance in Sinking Sands. Her film credits includes Azali (film) which is Ghana first ever selection for the Oscars; and the 2015 Netflix movie Beasts of No Nation directed by Cary Fukunaga and stars Idris Elba. She plays the mother to lead young actor Abraham Attah who plays Agu. Abebrese is listed among Africa's Top 20 Actors and Actresses by FilmContacts.com. She is the narrator and a producer on the Blitz Bazawule film The Burial of Kojo which was acquired by Array and was released on Netflix.

She is an accomplished television presenter with over two decades of experience. Ama K started her TV presenting career in her teens at YCTV in London. She has presented on BBC2, OBE TV, Viasat 1, TV3, Ebonylife TV and many more.

Education

She attended William Morris Sixth Form in Hammersmith after completing secondary school at Burlington Danes Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and Drama obtained at St Mary's University, Twickenham.

Career

Ama K. Abebrese started her training at YCTV (Youth Culture Television) in London, an organization started by Sabrina Guinness on the TV show Challenge Anneka. She was a presenter on BBC2 youth show Pass da Mic and a guest presenter on the English File educational series. She developed a love for acting after joining the Lyric Theatre (Hammersmith) Summer Company as a youth. Abebrese was a regular TV presenter on the now defunct OBE TV in London, hosting and producing on a number of shows including One Touch, and the entertainment chat show On The Sofa, where guests she has interviewed range from Akon to Ziggy Marley. She has interviewed the likes of Harrison Ford, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, and Star Wars director George Lucas among notable others.

Her film credits include the international multiple award-winning film Sinking Sands, directed by 2011 BAFTA LA and Pan African Film Festival prize winner Leila Djansi. The film received 12 nominations at the 2010 Ghana Movie Awards, including "Best Actress in a Leading Role", the film won four awards, including "Best Film". Other film credits are Revele film's Elmina and London Get Problem. She starred and co-produced the movie Double-Cross, which won two awards for "Best Cinematography" and "Best Hair and Makeup" at the 2015 Ghana Movie Awards.

She is the former Head of Own Productions and Executive Producer at Viasat 1 television station in Ghana. She was the host of A Day in the Life TV show which aired on Viasat 1; she co hosted New Day on TV3 weekday mornings.

In 2013, Ama alongside Nollywood actress Dakore and comedian Ayo Makun hosted the 2013 edition of the AMAA Awards.

She was named among C Hub magazine's 100 most influential 'African Women Influencers' of the era 2014/15. She was ranked the Number 1 Most Influential TV and Radio Host 2015 on the Ghana Social Media Rankings List

Filmography

Key
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Year Title Role Notes
2010 Sinking Sands Pabi
2011 Ties That Bind Buki Ocansey
2014 Double-Cross Effie Howard
2015 Beasts of No Nation Mother
The Cursed Ones Chinue
2017 Lotanna Zara
2018 Azali Joan
The Burial of Kojo Narrator
2020 Lagos to Oslo Iruka
2022 The Storm Projects that have not yet been released Detective Lynn Post-production

Promotional work

In 2014, Ama was unveiled as Dark and Lovely's Brand Ambassador for Ghana.

Causes

Say no to skin bleaching

Ama is the founder of the "I Love My Natural Skintone. Say NO to Skin Bleaching" campaign, which she launched in 2014, it seeks to address issues of colorism and encourage Africans and people of color to embrace their natural skin tones and resist from the often harmful practice of skin bleaching. The focus is mostly on females to appreciate their different and unique skin tones, with the assertion that beauty comes in all different shades

Child safety icon

Ama K is a "Child Safety Icon" for the charity SafeChild Ghana, an organization whose primary goal is to keep the children safe from harm.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Ghana UK-Based Achievement Awards Media Personality N/A Won
2011 Zimbabwe International Film Festival Best Actress Sinking Sands Won
2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Sinking Sands Won
2011 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Pan African Actress N/A Nominated
2011 Screen Nation Film & TV Awards Best West African Actress Ties That Bind Nominated
2011 Ghana Movie Awards Best Discovery Ties That Bind Nominated
2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Ties That Bind Nominated
2012 Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best New Actress Sinking Sands Nominated
2013 Screen Nation Film & TV Awards African Film Personality N/A Won
2013 AU Diaspora African Mission Salute to the Diaspora Award N/A Won
2014 Noble Woman Award Noble Care Foundation N/A Won
2014 City People Entertainment Awards TV Hostess of the Year (Ghana) A Day in the Life show Won
2014 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Double-Cross Nominated
2015 Golden Movie Awards Favourite Golden Actress N/A Nominated
2015 Ghana Movie Awards Actress in a Supporting Role The Cursed Ones Nominated
2016 Golden Movie Awards Golden Supporting Actress Drama The Cursed Ones Won
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Non Nigerian Actress Beasts of No Nation Nominated
2017 Newark International Film Festival Best Actress Sink or Swim. The Perilous Journey Won
2018 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Azali Nominated

See also

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