Akosua Busia is a Ghanaian born actress, writer, director and Princess. Her film credits include The Color Purple, Rosewood and Tears of the Sun. Her writing credits range from novels, The Seasons of Beento Blackbird, to screenplays, Beloved, to even music. Although she has lived all around the world, she currently resides in the United States and does much of her professional work there.
Akosua Cyamama Busia was born December 30, 1966 into the Royal House of Wenchi of Ghana. She is the daughter of former Ghanian Prime Minister Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia and Mrs. Naa Morkor Busia. Her father was a member of the Wenchi, a subgroup of the Ashanti, which was Ghana’s largest ethnic tribe.
Akosua Busia grew up in the West African nation of Ghana. After her father, Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia, was overthrown from his position as Prime Minister of Ghana in 1972, her and her family were forced to live in political exile. As a result, Busia has lived in a total of 32 different countries across four different continents all around the world. Having lived in so many different cultures gave Busia a world sense unmatched by many.
After arriving in the United States, Busia slowly began getting small roles in film and television. In 1979, she made her acting debut in the American film Ashanti. She then went on to land small television roles in Warp Speed (1981), Knight Rider (1983) Louisiana (1984), A.D. (1985), and Badge of the Assassin (1985).
Below is a Scene from The Colour Purple One of her most recognised role
The Color Purple also starred an all star cast made up of Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and Margaret Avery.
In 1985, Akosua Busia landed her most notable role as Nettie Harris in Steven Spielberg’s movie adaptation of The Color Purple. This film was adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name by Alice Walker.
The Color Purple dealt with various controversial themes including rape and abuse. Despite the various controversial themes portrayed, The Color Purple became a box office success after its release and even went on to earn eleven Academy Award nominations including Best Picture. However, not everyone agreed with some of the themes depicted in this highly successful film. Some controversy soon arouse over the portrayal of black males in this film. Two male representatives of the NAACP even called the film’s portrayal of black men as “dangerous.”
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