A Stage Actress
My Mum tells me of the story of when I was a baby, I could be asleep and two particular songs will play on the radio and I would wake up to dance; one song she says is by Tina Turner and the other “Ring My Bell. Singing, dancing and acting are my passions. I tend to think out of the box and aim for the extraordinary when it comes to my everyday life decisions.
My first acting was in church in the Gambia, I was about 7 years old. We sang and acted out ‘Peter and John went to Pray”… I played the lame man who got up leaping and praising God. I saw a picture of it about a month back in my items. It makes me smile thinking of that memory and how I had to wear my brothers yellow trouser and my Dad’s cap. Funny enough from that age to 17/18yrs I had not acted again anywhere. It had only been dance, dance, dance and a few attempts to build my confidence in singing. I surprisingly went on to become Drama President in Wesley Girls High School (Ghana).
In the UK I started working on my singing confidence, I even received a few compliments haha. When I returned to Ghana in 2013 Oct, I started my National Service, and in January, I googled theatre groups in Ghana. I had never heard of Roverman. I didnt know Uncle Ebo wrote any plays etc. I only remembered him from the radio. Google brought up Roverman Productions. Luckily, they were auditioning that very week, so I called the number, attended an audition of 300 people and a year later found out he only picked 20 (if I knew that I wouldn’t have gone!).
I had a one to one interview with Uncle Ebo, he asked me to sing. Then he told me to pick up my CV and bring it to him… little did I know that he had just picked me and had made up his mind to cast me for the first quarter play. I received a call as soon as I got home asking that I join them for rehearsals the next day. I thought it was the next level of auditions and really strived to get the dance moves that very day, which I did. I didn’t know I was casted, for a whole week I had no clue. This was “Make Me A Woman Tonight”, in 2014. I decided to audition for 2 reasons, it said singing and dancing in the advert. I didn’t believe in my acting ability, even worse, my memorizing skills. I never knew how to ‘chew and pour’ in school. The 2nd reason was, it’s always been a dream to be in a musical and somehow Roverman seemed like the Ghana version of the West End in London and Broadway in New York. I have been in 6 plays so far, and have stage-managed 1.
The career path I took which is business/management accounting (I’m currently a CIMA student), can be applied to which ever path I choose to take. It’s probably why I chose it. Upon my return, I did take a break from it to explore more creative things. I teach drama in a very well established international school in Accra teaching 3 to 8-year-olds, I’ve been working there now for 2 years. I get the opportunity to write out a 15-minute sketch and rehearse with the children to perform before their parents and the school at the end of each year. I must say though, that at 25 years, I was totally confused about what to do with my life, but I learnt to let go and trust a bit more in God. Which made it easier to return to Ghana.
One of my philosophies is to live life without regret. If you don’t try it out, you will never know. In Uncle Ebo’s theatre, discipline, hard work and creativity is key. And I believe Art requires a LOT of discipline if you want it to come out right. You can have the passion which is wonderful but you need discipline. It’s a shame the typical Ghanaian school does not cater for the performing arts like the international schools. It’s a perfect training ground for parents to witness their children on stage and inculcate the expected pressures of making art beautiful. I’d advice mothers to find a drama summer school, or even in church to place their children in, to give them a taste of the work that goes into it. Believe me any parent would be so proud to see their child shine and receive recognition for being in the lime light. I have heard quite a few stories where parents are displeased with their child being in the arts, but when they witness them on stage or on screen performing, they are the first to call someone to boast about their child. Or better still, they get the calls lol. I am a naturally shy person, I had no background knowledge of acting, and I didn’t plan to be on stage, but to help with back stage management, such us props, costume etc. But wow! God had something else planned for me, 😂 not to mention my constant fear of not being able to memorize my lines accurately and in time. To my amazement I managed to learn all my lines in my first play within 2 weeks. I struggled, yes but I kept pushing on, and took all the help and advice I could get. Challenges only makes you a better version of yourself. So embrace challenges.
I have many other dreams and passions, one being a clothing line which is a work in progress, but I currently offer my services as a wedding singer. You can find me on Instagram @ Nana_Sam_wedding singer.
Source: The Fabulous Woman Network Facebook page
Interview conducted by Ama Duncan, Founder of The Fabulous Woman Network
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