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From Ashaiman streets to red carpet at Oscars: The rapid rise of Abraham Attah [Article]

From Ashaiman streets to red carpet at Oscars: The rapid rise of Abraham Attah [Article]

As the saying goes, in life never despise small beginnings. Be nice to everyone you meet, because you never know where they’d end up in the next minute.

A perfect illustration is the life of Abraham Attah, the fast rising and award winning Ghanaian Actor who has rapidly gained recognition globally for his major role in Netflix’s “Beats Of No Nation” playing Agu, a young boy who was turned into a rebel soldier in a war torn West African Country.

Abraham Attah before being picked to Act in “Beast Of No Nation” was a street vendor, and was approached by a member of the production staff of the Netflix movie Beasts of No Nation.

According to director Cary Fukunaga, Abraham was finally selected out of 30 kids.

“We gathered a bunch of kids who had potential, about 30 of them, and we did this theater workshop and tried scenes that were in the script, and we would improvise. See if these kids could play a variety of emotions and actions that take place in the story. And the kids are fast learners, they quickly understood that the better they did the longer they stayed [in the running for the role].

Honestly, Abraham Attah really killed the role and acted it as if he had been acting since child birth ! His role in the movie has since shot him to worldwide fame, and even earned him another role in an upcoming movie “Out of the Village.”


Abraham’s life has now totally transformed, he has earned famous and highly recognized awards such as Venice International Film Festival Marcello Mastroianni Best Young Actor Award, Ghana Movie Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role, Black Film Critics Circle Rising Star Award and recently  Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead,  alongside several nominations.

Top most of all he had the opportunity to present an award at the Just ended 88th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles alongside fellow young actor Jacob Tremblay. Making his turn on the red carpet and interacting with the creme’ dela creme of Hollywood Actors causing him to trend on twitter for the past two days.

Abraham has also earned a deal with Non-profit shoe company TOMS, to provide shoes to 10,000 needy children across Ghana.

Abraham is living the dream now, and intends to focus more on school.

By: Alex Tackie

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