- George Awiadem Maclean
- Category: Stars
- Wednesday, 24 August 2016 17:29
Nana Ama McBrown: life, age, movies, marriage, roles, career, photos...
Felicity Ama Agyemang (born 15 August, 1973) known as Nana Ama McBrown is a Ghanaian actress and a music writer.
She found mainstream success following her rousing performance in the Twi-language movie Asoreba. 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.
Nana Ama was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on 15 August 1973. 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.
Photo: Nana Ama McBrown and fellow actress, Benedicta Gafah
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.
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, completed and went to Prince of Peace Secondary School all in Kumasi. Later, she attended the College of Business intending to become a secretary.
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.
Photo: Nana Ama McBrown and colleague actress, Emelia Brobbey
Photo: Nana Ama McBrown and popular actor, Kwadwo Nkansah Liwin about to...(don't ask me)
In 2001, her first movie, That Day, was released launching her career.
Her performance in That Day opened the floodgates to choicer roles, landing her a spot on the TV series Tentacles.
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.
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.
Photo: Sherif Omar Captain (in black suit) with other Ghanaian actresses
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.
Photo: Nana Ama McBrown and her former lover, Rapper Okyeame Kwame
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.
In 2013, and in the wee hours of January 30th, Nana Ama McBrown and her then boyfriend, Maxwell, who were driving a black four-wheel-drive Range Rover got themselves involved in a fatal accident which could have claimed their lives on the George Walker Bush Highway (N1), Lapaz, Accra.
And this happened after she, together with Maxwell, had gone for a music video shoot for Praye Tiatia (a Ghanaian artiste and a member of erstwhile group, Praye).
Photo: Left: Nana Ama McBrown by her Range Rover 3 days before the accident. Right: After the accident
Photo: Nana Ama McBrown visited in the hospital by her then boyfriend, Maxwell and friends (Vivian Jill: extreme left)
Photo: Nana Ama McBrown shows her healed scar few years after the accident
Nana Ama McBrown is going to marry her boyfriend , Maxwell . The actress revealed it will happen in April, 2016.
The two lovebirds recently got married in a secret wedding as promised earlier.
Photo: Nana Ama McBrown and her husband, Maxwell Mensah
Selected filmography (Movies she's acted in)
Nnipa ye bad
He Is Mine"
Love Comes Back
Wo Nyame som po ni
Dea Ade Wo No
My Own Mother
Di Asempa (Osofo Maame)
Asabea (The Blind Girl)
The Pastor's Wife
Onyame ye Onyame