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Tell us your name, where you come from and about your parents. Nana Ama: My name is Nana Ama McBrown and I'm an Ashanti. I come from Kumasi, Kwadaso...
Tell us your name, where you come from and about your parents.
Nana Ama: My name is Nana Ama McBrown and I'm an Ashanti. I come from Kumasi, Kwadaso to be precise. My mother is Mrs. Cecilia Adzanim Boateng and my biological father is Mr. Kwabena Nkrumah. I have an adopted father who is Mr. Kofi Mc Brown who is based in the USA. Unfortunately, my biological father couldn't look after me when I was a child, so I had to manage my way through.
Please, tell us about your childhood days.
Nana Ama: I grew up in Kwadaso, Kumasi. I stayed with my auntie and she took very good care of me and my siblings .We are seven (7) in number. Four (4) girls and three (3) boys. All I want to do is to thank my auntie for her care and support. Sometimes I don't want to mention my mother's name, because she didn't take care of me. I don't feel she is my mother. My auntie, Madam Betty Obiri Yeboah is the woman I considered as my mother, because she was there for me
Tell us about your academic background
Nana Ama: I started from Peters International school, then to Melesota International and then to Central International. I continued to Kwadaso L.A. J.S.S, completed and went to Prince of Peace Secondary School all in Kumasi. I then proceeded to College of Business studies, where I studied secretarial ship. I do have plans of furthering my education.
Wow! You read Business in College. Have you ever worked with the Certificate you were awarded?
Nana Ama: I have never worked with the certificate I received from the College of Business Studies.
How did you get into acting?
Nana Ama: I heard of an announcement for an auditioning on the radio but before then I used to watch African movies and I developed a strong passion for acting. So I took that opportunity and I went for the auditioning at Miracle Films. Luckily, I was picked and this is how far I have come since that day.
Did you go through the ranks to get to where you are today in acting or it just happened?
Nana Ama: It just happened, when I went to the auditioning, the director nominated me to do the costuming. It was on set that I got myself a role. That was my first movie and the title is “That Day”. I played with the late Santo, Judas, Fred Amugi and some other good actors. it was in April 2001. The director saw me and said there is something in me that he could help bring out. He's helped me a lot and I always give thanks to him. His name is Mr. Samuel Nyamekye, the owner of Miracle Films. I was 24 years when I acted my first movie.
You have been acting for some years now. Did you ever think you were going to make it big in such a short period?
Nana Ama: If I'm doing something and my spirit tells me that I'm going to fail, I won't dare. I promised myself I'm going to be a great actress so I'm not surprised where I am today. I did a lot of research because I realized that most of our Ghanaian movies are not natural. Sometimes people feel intimidated by the big actors and actresses but I told myself that I don't care about were somebody is, all I want to do is to act and act well. I knew I was going to get there and thank God I'm getting there
What makes you act the way you do?
Nana Ama: It's myself. Acting is about emotions and appearances, so you need to get yourself involved and you make sure you get your costumes and make-ups the way you want. Most of the time, I use my own costumes because I want to get what I want.
How many movies have you acted so far?
Nana Ama: I've acted over 20 movies.
Which is your best?
Nana Ama: My best movie is “Madam Juan” because the role I played was very challenging. Apart from “Madam Juan”, it's “Kai Debi”. In that movie, I acted as a blind village girl. Sometimes, the producer gives you a script today and tells you, we are shooting tomorrow.
What is your greatest wish in life?
Nana Ama: I want to go to heaven
What is the relationship between you and other Ghanaian actors?
Nana Ama: I'm very nice to them. We sometimes meet and share some drinks. I won't say I am very close with everyone but we are all nice to each other.
What do you have to say about the acting industry of Ghana?
Nana Ama: So far so good. In the past, it was always the same faces all the time but now I see young people coming in. I think the challenge is getting tough. Nobody will sit and allow others to over shadow him. So everybody is doing well. We also have more producers coming in and I think we are going forward. Personally, I' m not chasing competition, but my dream. I have a dream and that's what I am chasing.
What inspires you?
Nana Ama: I was born to no parents so I have learnt to face life all by myself. I make good use of every opportunity I get to make it a reality. I get inspired most of the times through the lyrics of some songs, read books and when I go to church, my pastor.
What do you have to say to your fans?
Nana Ama: I love them so much and I will keep on giving them the best in me.