Abraham Attah has taken to Instagram to explain why he did not give an excellent acceptance speech after winning Best Male Lead at the Film Independent Spirits Awards Gala, held last Saturday, February 27 at Santa Monica Beach, United States.
He was moved to do this after getting information on the controversies that sparked off after some radio presenters in his home country reiterated his “Thank you: /Tenk u/” speech in a way that seemed to be a mockery.
I know that some of the radio presenters in Ghana are saying I gave a bad speech at the independent spirit awards. They don’t know what happen to me. I thought was not going to win so I decided not to write any speech down. I was so surprise when she mention my name. I didn’t know what to say when I went up there”.
Attah also expressed gratitude to ‘Beasts of No Nation’ director, Cary Fukunaga, for the role he played in his rapid rise.
Thank you to my friend Cary fukunaga. You changed my life when you picked me to play Agu. Thank you for all your help and guidance on this journey. I am grateful. #beastsofnonation#netflix,” he wrote.
Attah’s acceptance speech after the awards, has been replayed by a few radio stations, with some radio personalities like Jay Foley of Live Fm, Lexis Bill and MzGee of Joy Fm, ‘suggesting’ that the speech was a poor one.
Listen to Attah’s speech after accepting the Award:
However, the radio personalities have apologized to Abraham Attah and members of public who found their comments to be offensive.
The fast rising child actor has won about four awards for the lead role he played as child soldier ‘Agu’ in Netflix’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’. He is currently shooting another soon-to-be-released movie, ‘Out of the Village’ by American film director, producer, writer, and actor, Bryan Singer.
According to sources, Abraham Attah will return to Ghana from the US on Friday and is expected to receive a grand welcome.
Meanwhile, some foreign Ghanaian artists such as actress Leila Djansi and gospel musician Sonnie Badu has pointed out the need for the young and rising actor to be relocated to America as Ghana will not be suitable for him to sustain his fresh and blossoming career.