Ama K. Abebrese is an actress, TV presenter, and programs’ producer. Thanks to her extensive involvement in the film industry, the British-Ghanaian media personality is unquestionably one of Africa’s most awarded actresses. Her performance in Sinking Sands paved the way for more collaborations between her and global film entities such as Oscars and Netflix.
Besides her impressive career in acting, Ama is a talented media personality. In the last two decades, she has worked with different media outlets in London, paving the way for young and black immigrants to work in the competitive British media space. Also, Ama has worked with Ghanaian media houses in different entertainment shows.
- Name: Ama K. Abebrese
- Profession: Actress, media personality, and producer
- Date of birth: March 3, 1980
- Nationality: British-Ghanaian
- Education: Burlington Danes Academy and St Mary’s University in Twickenham
Early life, family, and love life
Ama was born on March 3, 1980. Therefore, Ama K Abebrese age (as of 2020) is 40 years. Although the TV star was born in Ghana, her parents later moved to the United Kingdom. Her experience in the two cultures has given her more exposure, especially regarding entertainment and TV production.
Is Ama K Abebrese married? Like most celebrities in Ghana, Ama is extremely private about her love life. While there were rumours that Dr Cryme was Ama Abebrese husband, she has never confirmed or denied the allegations that she was in a relationship with the rapper. Also, the rumours of Ama dating football stars have emerged and died with time.
Although there were rumours that the TV personality was pregnant in 2018, Ama kept details about her pregnancy private. Also, pictures of Ama K Abebrese child are unavailable on her Instagram and Twitter accounts. However, different tabloids have reported that she was in an interracial relationship, and therefore Ama K Abebrese baby is biracial.
Education and media training
Since she lived in the UK for years, Ama went to British schools. She went to Burlington Danes Academy for secondary education before enrolling to the prestigious William Morris Sixth Form for post-secondary education. Later, the talented media personality went to St Mary’s University in Twickenham for her university education. Ama is an Art in Media graduate.
In addition to formal education, Ama was fortunate to undergo special media training. She was a trainee at Youth Culture Television, a popular mentorship and training program in the UK. The training gave her a soft landing in the competitive media space.
For the past two decades, Ama Abebrese has worked in different industries. Despite becoming a mother, she has worked hard and consistently featured on the big screen and still continues to work on more projects. Some of her key career highlights include:
Ama Abebrese is a celebrated actress with over ten major films to her name. However, she developed an interest in acting after deeply observing the entertainment space when she was still a TV host. Since then, the talented actress has been part of the community that is changing the African film industry through better scripting and better production.
Sinking Sands is arguably the most popular project of all Ama Abebrese movies. The 2010 production was a perfect start to Ama in as an actress. The movie has since received many recognitions, nominations and awards across the world. For example, in the 2010 Ghana Movie Awards, it received 12 nominations.
Ama was part of Beasts of No Nation cast. She worked with some of the biggest names in the film world such as Idris Elba and Cary Joji Fukunaga. Besides receiving many nominations, the 2015 film is on Netflix and other affiliate streaming platforms.
In October 2018, Ama was the main character of an Oscar-nominated film — Azali. Although the film did not win, it received global recognition, thanks to its theme and the scripting style. Also, it was the first Ghanaian film to be considered for Oscars. Its recognition in the global movie scene resonates with Ama's comments that she only acts in quality movies rather than go for quantity.
Before acting, Ama was one of the most promising young TV presenters in the UK. After completing her training at Youth Culture Television, she landed on her first TV role at Pass da Mic on BBC 2. Thanks to her impressive hosting skills, she was poached to host English File educational series.
In Ghana, she was the host of A Day in the Life TV show which was aired at Viasat 1 TV. Also, Ama was a co-host of TV 3’s New Day show. Her contributions in the two shows positioned her as a gatekeeper in the fastest growing Ghanaian entertainment industry.
However, her biggest shows in Ghana were One Touch and On the Sofa. Besides being the host of the two shows, she also produced them. However, she left OBE TV to concentrate on her acting career.
Ama moved to production in early 2010. In her earlier days as a producer, she headed the Own Production as the executive producer. Also, Ama was the executive producer at Viasat 1 — an entertainment-based station.
Ama K Abebrese net worth, revenue streams and campaigns
According to GHPage, Ama is one of the richest actresses in Ghana with a net worth of $300,000. Her net worth is mainly from acting gigs, salary from TV presenting and her role as a producer.
Thanks to her massive Instagram following, Ama is also an internet influencer. The media personality works with brands to reach to a broader audience. While she does not disclose her influencing rate card, working with brands such as the Appolonia City of Light contributes a high percentage to her income.
Ama is also passionate about campaigns. She uses her influence to impact policy changes and public perception. For example, her Love Your Skin Tone campaign was influential in defying the narrative that black skin is not beautiful.
Her second most famous campaign was SafeChild Ghana, where she was the Child Safety Icon. Under SafeChild Ghana, Ama was instrumental in pushing for better placement of the Ghanaian girl child in society.
As a British-Ghanaian, Ama K. Abebrese has created a blueprint for all girls interested in media, acting and production. Also, her success in the United Kingdom and Ghana has defied misconceptions people have on black women, especially in the media space.
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