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Fall 2017: A Voyage Around the World

Fall 2017

A Voyage Around the World
Interport Lecturer- Ghana

Akosua Busia

If I am known to you, it could be as “Nettie in the Color Purple” (I played her both young and old in the Spielberg movie, starring Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey); or for my novel; “The Seasons of Beento Blackbird”; or maybe you’ve heard my lyrics in “Moon Blue” on Stevie Wonder’s A Time To Love album …

AKOSUA BUSIA was born into the Yefri Royal House of Wenchi in Ghana, West Africa. She is the youngest daughter of former First Lady, Mrs. Naa Morkor Busia and the Right Honorable Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia, former Prime Minister of Ghana. Akosua has a dedication to truth through art, and is possessed of a deep faith in Christ that imparts hope, dignity and elegance to her life and work, befitting her Royal heritage.

A multi-talented artiste, Akosuawas dubbed ‘a genius’ from early childhood, and has grown to be a well-known actress, novelist, screenplay writer, poet, director, and public speaker. Inspired by her mother’s vision, along with sister, Dr. Abena Busia, Akosua is Co-Founder and Chair of Busia Foundation International.

Raised on four continents, traveling over forty-two countries, Akosua schooled in Holland, Mexico, Switzerland, and Great Britain. While in Los Angeles, California, Akosua caught the attention of Producer Quincy Jones and Director, Steven Spielberg, who cast her in the watershed role of Nettie in the Color Purple. After the completion of the film, Akosua settled in Los Angeles for many years, before returning to her native Ghana. Akosua currently divides her time between her homes in Ghana and the United States. She has one daughter, Hadar Busia-Singleton, from her marriage to director John Singleton.

Akosua Busia founded “Spirit Africa Edutainment” with the expressed purpose of bringing Ghana, Africa, and most especially the West Coast of Africa, to the foreground of the International Media/Entertainment Industry.

In 1993, after U.N. troops bombed a house in Somalia, believed to be the headquarters for the warlord known as Gen. Mohammed Farah Aidid, four young Ruetures journalists (including Dan Eldon, nicknamed “The Mayor of Mogadishu”) were called to investigate the situation and stoned to death by an angry mob in Mogadishu, in an incident before “The Battle of Mogadishu”. Akosua was hired by Gotham Entertainment, to fly to the funerals of Dan Eldon and others of the stoned Journalists, in both Britain, and Kenya. Chosen as a gifted writer who could both capture the moment, as well as intergrate herself in order to investigate exactly what happened surrounding the attacks, Akosua recorded over 40 hours of interviews with Reuters journalists, and penned first-hand information. The incident was later chronicled in the feature film “Black Hawk Down”, directed by Ridley Scott and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

Akosua also penned “A Sacrifice of Song”; a lyrical poem commissioned by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in conjunction with American Grammy Award singer/griot, percussionist, YoussouN’Dour, from Senegal. In 2004 Rolling Stone described YoussouN’Dour as, in Senegal and much of Africa, “perhaps the most famous singer alive… one of the most celebrated African musicians in history.” Akosua penned the piece on Goree Island as part of the London Festival.

Akosua researched, wrote and directed, “THE PROF. A MAN REMEMBERED –- The Life, Vision, and Legacy, of Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia”. The Prof was screened at The International Conference Center as part of Ghana@50’s Anniversary Celebrations. THE PROF also aired Nationally on both GBC and Metro TV. The feature length docudrama also premiered in London at The Saddlers Wells Theater., aired on British Television, and screened at the Houses of Parliament in London. After the screening, at the Houses of Parliament, the docudrama was used as a tool for political discussion moderated by British MP, The Honorable Diane Abbott.