From one women’s conference to the other; from one event to the next, celebrated across various platforms, the story of Nana Ama McBrown is certainly one worth writing home about.
Nana Ama McBrown has become one of the prominent faces for the women empowerment and upliftment cause.
Today we share her story to encourage both upcoming and thriving young people out there. Despite her humble beginning, Nana Ama rose to become influential in her own right as a media favorite of Ghanaians and Africa at large.
Early Life Challenges
Nana Ama McBrown’s begun 44 years ago. Born on the 15th of August, 1977, Nana Ama McBrown to Mr. Kwabena Nkrumah and Mrs. Cecilia Agyenim Boateng, into a family with six siblings. She was born Felicity Ama Agyemang in Kumasi, Ghana.
The marriage of her parents fell on the rocks along the way. Her life took a dramatic turn from there. With the absence of her father came great hardships for her mother in taking care of her seven children.
Her story took a turn right about that time as the family struggled. In stories like this, there is always a God-send who comes to save the day. In Nana Ama’s story, Kofi McBrown and his wife Madam Betty Obiri Yeboah (Nana Ama’s aunty) would adopt Nana Ama and her siblings. She would then adopt the McBrown name. They lived together in Kwadaso still in Kumasi.
Nana Ama McBrown; Education
One of the things Nana Ama regrets and often says she would want to change about her life is her educational background; for someone who is well accomplished despite her education, she still sees it as something she would want to change. This is due to the value she places on education.
Interestingly, Nana Ama McBrown couldn’t complete her basic education at a point in time. After transitioning through three schools during her basic education, she finally ended up at the Kwadaso L.A. Junior High School where she eventually became a drop-out. She would also attend St. Peter’s International Residential School and then continued to Minnesota International and then to Central International.
It is unknown which them she finally completed her BECE with but she disclosed in an interview with JessicaOpare Saforo of Citi that she officially dropped out of school in her second term of senior high.
Determined to make something of herself, she did not give up. She pulled through later on to earn a secretarial certificate in the College of Business. Sadly, she didn’t collect her certificate after her secretarial education.
As a determined personality, she still bears hopes of pursuing formal education. Education must mean a lot to her as most people would forfeit any educational pursuits after achieving such success as hers.
Nana Ama McBrown; Rise of a Ghanaian Star and Role Model
Today she stands tall as a renowned actress, TV presenter and yes, a songwriter. To say that she achieved this success on a silver platter would be to insult the very hard work and effort she puts and has invested in her honing her craft up until this moment.
Her journey into the media and entertainment world started as a seeming accident. She had responded to a call for film auditions by Miracle Films Production but ended up being hired as a costume artist. There would be a twist in the plot when she was noticed by Samuel Nyamekye, the director on set at the time.
She was quickly positioned to take up the lead role for her first movie, That Day. This was in 2001. That was the start of her career in the Ghanaian movie space.
Her performance in the movie ‘That Day‘ earned her a role in the then-popular TV series, Tentacles. Tentacles would send her into fame as the movie gained a lot of attention.
In 2007, she co-starred with fellow movie stars, Agya Koo and Mercy Asiedu in the explosive movie, “Asoreba.” She earned many roles in other movies due to her thrilling performance and has been rising ever since.
Presently, She is the host of the television cooking show McBrown Kitchen and entertainment talk show United Showbiz on UTV.
Selected Movies and Filmography Featuring Nana Ama McBrown
Nana Ama McBrown; Achievements And Awards
McBrown has played roles in more than forty movies. At the 2011 Kumawood Awards, she earned awards for Best English Actress, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Traditional movie, and Best Story. She also won the Favorite Actress at the 2016 Ghana Movie Awards, and Eurostar Best Dressed Female Celebrity on the red carpet at the 2016 Ghana Movie Awards. She also won Golden Actress in a comedy movie with the movie SideChic Gang at the Golden Movie Awards in 2018.
In 2020 she won the award for Outstanding Woman Brand Influencer at the third edition of the Ghana Outstanding Women Awards (GOWA). In the same year, she was awarded the Radio and Television Personality Awards TV Female Entertainment Show Host of The Year 2019–2020. She also picked the TV Female Presenter of The Year 2019–2020 award. In March 2021, she was awarded the Female Actor of the Year in the Entertainment Achievement Awards.
At the moment, McBrown is the brand ambassador of Royal Drinks. She is also the host of the television cooking show McBrown Kitchen and entertainment talk show United Showbiz on UTV.
She is married to her longtime boyfriend, Maxwell Mawu Mensah, with a beautiful daughter.
Listed of Awards Bagged By Nana Ama McBrown
- Best English Actress
- Best Actress in Leading Role
- Best Traditional Movie
- Best Story at 2011 Kumawood Awards
- Favorite Actress at 2016 Ghana Movie Awards
- Eurostar Best Dressed Female Celebrity on the Red Carpet at 2016 Ghana Movie Awards.
- Golden Actress in a comedy movie with the movie SideChic Gang at the Golden Movie Awards in 2018
- TV Female Entertainment Show Host Of The Year 2019–2020
- TV Female Presenter Of The Year 2019–2020 award
- Outstanding Woman Brand Influencer at the third edition of the Ghana Outstanding Women Awards (GOWA, 2020)
- Female Actor of the Year in the Entertainment Achievement Awards (March 2021)
Nana Ama McBrown; Family and Personal Life
She is married to her longtime boyfriend, Maxwell Mawu Mensah, with a beautiful daughter, Maxin Mawushi Mensah. Maxin was born in Canada on the 21st of February 2019.
Prior to their engagement and subsequent marriage, Nana Ama dated fellow Ghanaian celebrity Okyeame Kwame. They separated in 2015. She married Maxwell in 2016, a year after her breakup with Mr. OK.
With joy, gratitude, and beautiful pictures, the family earlier in 2021 celebrated Maxin as she turned 2 on Sunday, February 21s 2021. “When I held You for the first time I was fulfilled, OhemaaBa happy birthday”, Nana Ama captioned as she posted stunning pictures of the little one who has already gained a strong brand with Ghanaians.
Being the survivor that she is, Nana Ama McBrown has been involved in several accidents. Some have been serious enough for her to be admitted for days without food and surgery. In all glory, she is healthy, happy, and living her best life
Nana Ama McBrown teaches us that determination and hard work pays. Beyond these lessons, she shows us the power of consistency, and the need to rise beyond the temptation of complacency.
Today Nana Ama stands as a beacon of hope and influence for many because she seized her painful start by the neck, and run it through the mill to make something of herself today. In view of her story, may we man up to today’s challenges for the sake of tomorrow’s victories?