December 30, 1966 |
Family and early life
The daughter of Kofi Abrefa Busia, the ex-prime minister of the Republic of Ghana, Akosua is the daughter of a prince of the royal family of Wenchi, a subgroup of the Ashanti. She herself is not a princess, however, since the Akans of Ghana trace their ancestry through the female line. Her sister Abena is a poet and academic, an associate professor in English at Rutgers University.
Her film roles include a notable performance as Bessie in a 1986 film adaptation of Richard Wright's Native Son, Nettie in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple (1985), as Ruth in Badge of the Assassin (1985), as Jewel in John Singleton's Rosewood (1997), and as Patience in Antoine Fuqua's Tears of the Sun (2003). She has also appeared on television in the series ER. Busia has written The Seasons of Beento Blackbird: A Novel (Washington Square Press, 1997). She was one of three co-writers for the screenplay adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel Beloved for the 1998 film version of the same name directed by Jonathan Demme. Busia also co-wrote the song "Moon Blue" with Stevie Wonder for his album A Time 2 Love.
On October 12, 1996, Akosua Busia married the American film director John Singleton, with whom she has a daughter Hadar Busia-Singleton born (April 3, 1997); the couple divorced on June 15, 1997.
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