- Abraham Attah returns to Ghana after winning ‘Best Male Lead’ at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards and presenting an award at the 2016 Academy Awards, Oscars.
- According to the young actor, his acceptance speech at the Independent Spirit Awards was not great because he didn’t know he would win
Ghanaian young actor Abraham Attah arrived in Ghana to a superstar welcome as the media and paparazzi stormed the Kotoka International Airport on Friday morning to welcome him after a week of international breakthroughs, including attending the 2016 Oscars where he presented an award, and winning ‘Best Male Lead’ at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards.
Abraham Attah before his arrival in Ghana posted on social media he gave a bad speech at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards because he wasn’t expecting to win the award.
He explained in a post on Instagram: “I know that some of the radio presenters in Ghana are saying I gave a bad speech at the independent spirit awards. They don't know what happen to me. I thought was not going to win so I decided not to write any speech down. I was so surprised when she mention my name. I didn't know what to say when I went up there.”
It was the third major award for the young actor who won Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at Venice Film Festival 2015. He also won ‘Rising Star Award’ at the Black Fim Critics Circle (BFCC).
Abraham Attah played the lead role of Agu, who when civil war tears his family apart, is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transformed into a child soldier. Based on the 2005 novel of the same title by Uzodinma Iweala, the movie was shoot in Ghana and also stars Ama K. Abebrese, Fred Amugi and Grace Nortey. It was directed by Emmy Award-winning Cary Fukunaga, and the first fictional feature produced and distributed by Streaming Service Netflix.