The Ministry of Education has unveiled young Ghanaian actor, Abraham Attah, as an ambassador for government’s flagship programme, Free Senior High School.
The sector Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, unveiled the teen actor at a short ceremony at the Ministry on Thursday, June 22, 2017.
The Free SHS policy is one of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government’s flagship policy programs that helped it win power in the December 2016 polls.
It was one of the major campaign messages put out by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and more recently when President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo informed Ghanaians that it would take off this September 2017 when he delivered the state of the nation’s address.
Free education is a good concept will also give every Ghanaian child, regardless of the economic status of parents, the opportunity to have a secondary education and create a well-informed society and as a result empower the citizens to appreciate national policies necessary to propel economic growth and development.
Abraham Attah gained international prominence playing lead role alongside Idris Elba in the movieBeasts of No Nation directed by Emmy Award-winning Cary Fukunaga.
Playing the character ‘Agu’ who when civil war tears his family apart, is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transformed into a child soldier earned Attah praise around the world.
He won Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at Venice Film Festival 2015, ‘Best Male Lead’ award at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards, and also Rising Star Award’ at the Black Fim Critics Circle (BFCC). The award scheme called Attah’s role as “one of the strongest and most phenomenal we have ever seen” and added that he had “a very bright future ahead of him”.
The movie was based on the 2005 novel of the same title by Uzodinma Iweala. Shot in Ghana, it starred Ama K. Abebrese, Fred Amugi and Grace Nortey.
The movie was the first fictional feature produced and distributed by Streaming Service Netflix.