Empress Nana Ama McBrown has warmed the hearts of Ghanaians, earning and keeping her reputation as one of Ghana’s finest actresses of all time.
But despite her performance on screen and her dignified personality outside it, just a handful of Ghanaians know that she has actually had to change her name at a point in her career.
Born Felicity Ama Agyemang, the prominent actress, TV presenter, and music writer rose to prominence for her role in television series Tentacles. Later, she found mainstream success following her role in the Kumawood movie Asoreba.
Nana Ama was born in Kumasi on August 15, 1977. Her mother, Cecilia Agyenim Boateng, and her father Kwabena Nkrumah divorced when Nana Ama was still young. With her father gone and her mother unable to take care of her and her six other siblings, Nana Ama together with her siblings were adopted by Kofi McBrown and her aunt, Madam Betty Obiri Yeboah. As a result, Nana Ama considers her childhood to have been difficult.
In a recent interview with TV3’s Giovanni Caleb, Nana Ama recounted that she realized in the initial stages of her acting career that pronouncing her name, Felicity Ama Agyemang was such a piece of work.
As the smart personality she is, she quickly changed her name and adopted the surname of her adoptive father. The rest they say is history.
Almost two decades into the game, Nana Ama has grown in leaps and bounds, mesmerizing viewers with her talent and versatility.
But it is even her personality outside the screens that have attracted maximum applause, having managed to stay out of controversy and the deviant lifestyle associated with most of her colleague celebrities.
Her utmost respect for her brand has earned her many ambassadorial deals and other well-deserving recognition.
Perhaps, we should all just spare a moment to celebrate the prolific actress for changing her name just at the right moment. But most importantly, let us celebrate her for not allowing fame to get into her head.