Nana Ama McBrown

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Nana Ama McBrown
Born Felicity Ama Agyemang
(1977-08-15) August 15, 1977 (age 40)
Kumasi, Ghana
Occupation Film, television actress
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Maxwell Mawu Mensah (m. 2016)

Felicity Ama Agyemang (born 15 August 1977)[1] known as Nana Ama McBrown is a Ghanaian actress and a music writer. She rose to prominence for her role in television series Ten Tackles. Later, she found mainstream success following her rousing performance in the Twi-language movie Asoreba.[2] Asoreba is often cited as the movie that ushered Twi-language Ghanaian movies into the mainstream, a fact that is attributed to Nana Ama's performance in the film. Although often overshadowed by her English-speaking counterparts across West Africa, Nana Ama, in recent years has gathered a strong loyal following of her own among Ghanaians.

Early life[edit]

Nana Ama was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on 15 August 1977. Her mother, Cecilia Agyenim Boateng, and her father Kwabena Nkrumah, divorced when Nana Ama was young. With her father gone and her mother unable to take care of her and her six other siblings, Nana Ama together with her siblings were adopted by Kofi McBrown and her aunt, Madam Betty Obiri Yeboah. As a result, Nana Ama considers her childhood to have been difficult.[3]

Along with her six siblings, Nana Ama grew up in Kwadaso, Kumasi with her aunt, and her adopted father. To this day, she considers her aunt her "real mother" and has spoken of her gratitude to her aunt for having provided her with a stable and caring home.[4]

Nana Ama attended St. Peter's International Residential School, moved on to Minnesota International and then to Central International. She continued to Kwadaso L.A. J.S.S, although she ended up as a drop out and could not sit for the Basic Education Certificate Exams.[5]

Career[edit]

Mainstream success[edit]

McBrown essentially stumbled into acting. She answered an auction call on the radio by Miracle Films and was hired to do costuming instead. However, on the set, she was able to snag the lead role after the director, Samuel Nyamekye, felt that she was better suited for the role. In 2001, her first movie, That Day, was released launching her career.[3]

Her performance in That Day opened the floodgates to choicer roles, landing her a spot on the TV series Tentacles.[6]

In 2007, the movie Asoreba, co-starring Agya Koo and Mercy Aseidu, turned Nana Ama into a household name. Since then, she has slowly built a strong following by releasing a slew of critically acclaimed movies.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Nana Ama has been linked to Omar Sheriff Captan, her co-star in a number of movies, although both have continually denied any romantic attachments.[8]

In 2004, Nana Ama McBrown dated briefly, Okyeame Kwame, a Ghanaian musician. In the course of the year, the pair was seen traveling together all over Ghana promoting Okyeame Kwame's solo release.[9]

On 15 July 2007, Nana Ama was enthroned as the Nkosuohemaa (or ceremonial queen-mother of development) of Assin-Basiako near Assin-Fosu in the Assin North District of the Central Region, Ghana.[10]

In 2016, she married her longtime boyfriend Maxwell Mawu Mensah. Their wedding photos were released that November.

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Nnipa ye bad
  • Abro
  • He Is Mine"
  • Madam Joan
  • Nsem Pii
  • Kumasi Yonko
  • Odo Ntira
  • Love Comes Back
  • Kae Dabi
  • Asoreba
  • Wo Nyame som po ni
  • Alicia
  • Fools Paradise
  • Dea Ade Wo No
  • Girl Connection
  • Playboy
  • My Own Mother
  • Friday Night
  • Di Asempa (Osofo Maame)
  • Asabea (The Blind Girl)
  • Evil Heart
  • The Pastor's Wife
  • Pastors Club
  • Onyame Tumi
  • I Know My Rights
  • The End
  • Onyame ye Onyame

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nana Ama McBrown", JoyNews Ghana.
  2. ^ "ASOREBA 1 - Latest 2017 Ghanaian Asante Akan Twi Movies". YouTube. Retrieved 10 April 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Nana Ama McBrown". onlinenigeria.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "10 Surprising Facts About Nana Ama McBrown", Buzz Ghana.
  5. ^ "I dropped out of JSS". MyJoyOnline. Retrieved 27 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "10 most beautiful Ghanaian Actresses 2015". africaranking.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Photo: Nana Ama McBrown Involved In Car Accident". ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sexy Nana Ama McBrown is Single Again". ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Nana Ama McBrown Broke My Heart – Okyeame Kwame". omgghana.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Nana Ama Mc Brown made queen mother". Ghana Districts. Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development and Maks Publications & Media Services. 18 July 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 

"Lovely Pictures from Nana Ama mcbrown", retrieved 19 April 2017.

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