Akosua Busia

Akosua Busia Akosua Busia

Ghanaian actress based in the U.S.

Akosua Busia (born December 30, 1966) is a Ghanaian actress based in the U.S.

The daughter of Kofi Abrefa Busia, the ex-prime minister of the Republic of Ghana, Akosua is a princess of the royal family of Wenchi, a subgroup of the Ashanti. She was educated at the University of Oxford, England.

Her film roles include a notable performance as Nettie in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple (1985), as Jewel in John Singleton's Rosewood (film) (1997), and as Patience in Antoine Fuqua's Tears of the Sun (2003). In 1994 she married the American film-maker John Singleton, with whom she has a daughter Hader. They divorced in 1997.

Akosua has written The Seasons of Beento Blackbird: A Novel (Washington Square Press, 1997). In addition, she was one of three writers who co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel, Beloved, for the 1998 film directed by Jonathan Demme. Her sister is the poet and academic Abena Busia.

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