For a cultured dose of colourful conversation, we sat down with Ghanaian actress Ama K Abebrese for the latest edition of Pieces on Moziak Magazine.
The skilled actress was born in Ghana and grew up in West London in the UK and has a portfolio which showcases some of the most enviable television and film productions of the last decade.
She’s also an influential figure on social media where her half-a-million-strong following keeps her on the pulse of the conversation at all times.
We took a moment to learn more about her love for Ghanaian music, culture and food in what will go down as a truly memorably conversation with one of Africa’s biggest acting talents.
Moziak Magazine: What city are you currently in and what do you love most about this city?
Ama K Abebrese: I am currently in Accra and there are so many things that I love about Accra – well, the fact that I can just go and buy food down the road. There are so many cool little spots where I can go and get food. And overall I just like the general welcoming nature of Ghanaians, it’s definitely the people.
MM: What is your favourite hangout spot in your home town?
My favourite hangout spot is Cafe Accra in East Legon. It’s just a really nice, quaint cafe where you can just hangout whenever you’ve got work to do. They’ve got a good blend of your favourite Ghanaian foods, or if you’re in the mood for it, the option of an English breakfast.
MM: What’s a song that perfectly describes your country right now?
I think the song that would perfectly describe Ghana right now, due to coronavirus it’s just tough to say. But prior to the pandemic, one song that I think would have summed up the beginning of the year is a song by Kiddi called Enjoyment and I think it’s because Ghanaians love … enjoyment! Whatever your social class, whatever your background, people from Ghana love to party and to enjoy life.
MM: What’s on your playlist right now?
I like a lot of 90s and 00s RnB and different types of Christian worship music so I’m trying to think but currently probably Sarkodie and M.anifest’s hit single Brown Paper Bag is definitely a favourite. But I listen to a lot of old school stuff.
MM: What are you reading?
I actually just finished reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. It’s a very amazing book that tells the story of Ghana through the ages, and also different parts of the US through one family and through the generations. It’s not a new book, but I had been wanting to read it for a long time and when Lockdown and everything happened I decided to finally read it. It’s really good.
MM: What would you say is the biggest artistic impact Africa has had on the world?
I would definitely say music! African music is the origin of a lot of different types of music around the world. Most types of music share some of their origins from African roots so it’s definitely that!
MM: What is that one African dish you wish the entire world knew about?
This is a hard one but it would probably be… attieke! If you don’t know attieke then you need to try it out, it goes so well with many things. Yeah it would probably be that!
MM: What does your name mean?
My name Ama means ‘A girl born on a Saturday’. Ama is actually an Akan name so yeah.
MM: If you had one superpower what would it be and why?
Maybe the ability to make myself invisible and visible again as I please. It would be quite interesting to go into places and just listening in no what’s happening.
MM: If you weren’t a famous media personality what would you be?
If I wasn’t an actress I would still be in the media industry, maybe behind the scenes in some capacity. Maybe working the camera because that’s how I began my career. I’d definitely be in the media.