At the age of 15, Abraham Attah became one of Ghana’s most internationally recognized actors, with his role in Netflix’s critically acclaimed movie, Beasts Of No Nation, as Agu, an orphaned child recruited to a guerilla-armed movement in an unnamed West African country. He was nominated for 13 awards for that role and he won 5 of them, including the Marcello Mastroianni Best Young Actor Award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.
For a teenager, who was discovered while playing soccer on the streets of Ghana, these are impressive achievements. In 2016, Abraham moved to the US to continue his education and career, and enrolled at the Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. It’s now the end of his first year at the school and Abraham has been presented with the Scholastic Improvement Award for ending the year with a 4.0 GPA!
Abraham’s rise to success is one of those stories that warm our hearts, and him excelling and getting better career roles is a true motivator for other kids in Ghana and in Africa as a whole. He’ll be back on the big screen with roles in the upcoming second reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, Spider-Man: Homecoming; Christian Loubek’s upcoming feature film, Buffalo; and Shane Carruth’s third film, The Modern Ocean.