Ama Abebrese

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Ama K. Abebrese
Ama K Abebrese
Born (1980-05-03) 3 May 1980 (age 38)
NationalityGhanaian British
Other namesAma K
EducationBurlington Danes Academy
William Morris Sixth Form
St Mary's University, Twickenham
OccupationActress, Television Presenter, Producer
AwardsBest Actress in a Leading Role, 2011 AMAA Awards

Ama K. Abebrese (born 3 May 1980) is an award-winning British Ghanaian actress, television presenter and producer.[1][2] She was born in Ghana and raised in West London in the United Kingdom.[3] 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 the 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[4] She was named among C Hub magazine's 100 most influential 'African Women Influencers' of the era 2014/15.[5] She was ranked the Number 1 Most Influential TV and Radio Host 2015 on the Ghana Social Media Rankings List[6]

She is an accomplished television presenter, having started hosting TV shows in her teens on YCTV in London, she has presented on BBC2, OBE TV, Viasat 1, TV3, Ebonylife TV and many more.


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.


Ama K 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.[7] 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.[8]

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". Others 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 Make Up" at the 2015 Ghana Movie Awards.

She is the former Head of Own Productions at Viasat 1 television station in Ghana.[9] 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.[10][11]

In 2013, Ama K alongside Nollywood actress Dakore and comedian Ayo Makun hosted the 2013 edition of the AMAA Awards.[12][13]


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Lotanna Zara
2016 Sink or Swim. The Perilous Journey Obim
2015 The Cursed Ones Chinua
2015 Interception Raquel
2015 Beasts of No Nation Mother
2014 Double-Cross Effie
2013 Praising the Lord, plus one Rebecca Commey
2011 Ties That Bind Buki
2010 Sinking Sands Pabi
2010 Elmina Araba
2006 London Get Problem Cameo

Promotional work[edit]

In 2014, Ama K was unveiled as Dark and Lovely's Brand Ambassador for Ghana.[14]


Ama K 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[15]

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[edit]

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 African 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 African 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


  1. ^ Bondzi, Jacquiline Afua (10 December 2010). "Unifem Ghana Endorses "Sinking Sands"". AllAfrica Global Media. Retrieved 28 March 2011.(subscription required)
  2. ^ "AMAA Nominees and Winners 2011". African Movie Academy Awards. 28 March 2011. Archived from the original on 3 April 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on 31 July 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Africa's Top 20 Actors and Actresses". Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  5. ^ "C. Hub names Ama K. Abebrese among its 100 most influential people of the era 2014/15". AmeyawDebrah.Com.
  6. ^ "Ama K. Abebrese tops Most Influential TV & Radio Host 2015".
  7. ^ "Featured: Ama K Abebrese". Sakofa Magazine. Gossipa. 15 June 2007. Archived from the original on 4 May 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2008.
  8. ^ "Ama - Viasat One". Viasat1. 5 May 2013. Archived from the original on 7 July 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Ama K Heads Viasat 1 Productions". Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  10. ^ Husseini, Shaibu (5 March 2011). "Acting First Ladies…In Contention For AMAA Crest". Nigerian Tribune. Ibadan, Nigeria. Retrieved 28 March 2011.[dead link]
  11. ^ "Ama K. Abebrese quits TV3?", GhanaWeb, 9 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Dakore, AY, Ghanaian Abebrese to Host AMAA 2013". The Punch. 12 April 2013. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013.
  13. ^ Haliwud. "Host of AMAA 2013 – Comedian AY, actress Dakore and Ghana's Ama Abebrese". INFORMATION NIGERIA.
  14. ^ "Ama K. Abebrese unveilved as Dark and Lovely Ghana Brand Ambassador". NY DJ Live.
  15. ^ ""SAY NO TO SKIN BLEACHING" campaign, Ama K. Abebrese's bold step".