Akosua Busia Movies and Career Information
Dec 30, 1966
Actor and Writer
Akosua Busia is a Ghanaian actress who now lives 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. Her sister is the poet and academic Abena Busia. Her film roles include a notable performance as Nettie in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple (1985), as Jewel in John Singleton's Rosewood (1997), and as Patience in Antoine Fuqua's Tears of the Sun (2003). She has also appeared on television in the series ER. In 1994 she married the American film-maker John Singleton, with whom she has a daughter Hadar; the couple are now divorced. Busia has written The Seasons of Beento Blackbird: A Novel (Washington Square Press, 1997). She was one of three co-writers for the screenplay adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel Beloved for the 1998 film version of the same name directed by Jonathan Demme. Busia also co-wrote the song "Moon Blue" with Stevie Wonder for his album A Time 2 Love.