Akosua Adoma Owusu

Ghanaian-American filmmaker and producer

Akosua Adoma Owusu (born January 1, 1984) is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker and producer.

Akosua Adoma Owusu in 2016


  • Instead of 'Africanizing' Western stories, I'm interested in reclaiming African history rendering them into what is happening in the present day.
  • I would like to insert myself in the tradition of African storytelling through cinematic language.
  • Being a Black woman who was born and raised in America to African parents is, naturally, where I draw my inspiration from as an artist and filmmaker.
  • Through my artwork and films, I hope to open audiences up to a new dialogue between the continents of Africa and America; one that incorporates more than just stereotypes, but includes both conventionalized and un-conventionalized discourses of race in its service. By creating complex contradictions, I hope that new meaning can emerge and be deposited into the universal consciousness. If I can do this by creating an experience for the audience that enables them to experience what it is like to find oneself, while being foreign in a community, then perhaps I can help that new meaning come to light.
  • My definition of success isn’t about the accolades and the awards, but being authentic and consistent in my work and opening audiences up to seeing other perspectives in film.
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