In 2015, Ghanaians were ecstatic and excited when Netflix chose our shores to shoot one of it’s blockbuster movie titled “Beast of no Nation”.
Based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation is a war drama that tells the story of a 14-year-old child soldier who loses his family and is recruited to fight under the command of a guerilla warlord played by Idris Elba.
The movie gained attention in Ghana mostly because it was shot in the country and featured most of the country’s local stars including the likes of Ama K Abrebese, Grace Nortey, David Dontoh and kids actors like Abraham Attah and Emmanuel Adom Quaye, better known as Strika, who both had no experience about acting.
It’s been 5 years since the movie was aired and has become one of the country’s famous movies on the streaming site. But the story of the two prominent kids in the movie is just parallel to each other. While one has climbed the success ladder to greater height including playing a cameo in Marvels movie Spiderman homecoming, the other has been roaming the streets of accra heralding on the negative headlines.
The bane for us to decipher now is who is to blame.
Should we blame the kids manager who could not straighten the path of Strika and should we say it’s just fate and good luck throwing roses at Abraham Attah?
Is staying in American and enjoying the best schools and amenities a better opportunity in growing one’s potential to staying in a remote village where archaic tutoring affects one’s psychology of aiming high?
The story of Abraham Attah and his compatriot beats the mind and leaves much to be understood.
In 2018, Strika made the headlines when a Facebook user by name Caleb Nii Boye posted on his page that, he saw the young actor around the Ghana Institute of Journalism begging for money. This was just 3 years after casting for one of Netflix successful movie.
This unfortunate turn of events gained national attention and he was interviewed by one of Ghana’s budding TV presenters, Serwaa Amihere. In the interview granted, Young Quaye disclosed that he didn’t have access to $30,000 he made from the movie.
In responding to the claims, MK Content in press release refuted any indication that Emmanuel was a street beggar. Mawuko Kuadzi, CEO of MK Content, further revealed Emmanuel was under the care of a guardian and that the $30,000 made from movie was being kept in trust for him at Barclays Bank until he’s 18.
In 2019 after all the controversies and accusations reached it crescendo, Mawuko Kuadzi closed the account held in trust for Stricka and handed over Ghc 40,093.22 to the young man. Apparently there were routine withdrawals and a purchase of a commercial vehicle for the young chap.
The direct opposite happened to Abraham Atta, who is currently enjoying the best days in his life as a young actor. Pictures of his new stature has gone viral and received all the good reviews.
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