Dear Abraham Attah,
I believe you have received an avalanche of letters from prominent personalities addressing certain salient issues which in my view, should not be forgotten as you grow up.
My colleague and a two-time Journalist of the Year Manasseh Azure has written an interesting piece about you and appended an advice to his write-up to guide your career. Please Abraham, refer to it; however I will tap some of the things said by Manasseh Azure for emphasis as I continue to write this letter.
Abraham, I am very delighted by your historic story and the height of success that the Lord God Almighty has introduced into your life. I recently saw you at the 88th Academy Awards where you mounted the rostrum to present an award.
I know several Ghanaians if not the entire nation are very proud of you for elevating the image of Ghana on another international platform.
However, there is a certain trend that I would like to address in my letter to you. I have realized that you have been compared to some “local champions”; I mean the likes of Majid Michel, John Dumelo and other Ghanaian movie celebrities.
You have become a social media sensation and the hype is huge for your brand but Abraham, beware! Yes, beware of the wolves that appear like sheep! Beware of the praise songs that you’re enjoying today!!
What I want you to know and understand is these Ghanaian luminaries are in their class, same as you are in your own class. Never drum it in your head that you are better than they are.
Lots of them have not even stepped a foot on the door mat of Hollywood, not to think of them taking selfies with some celebrated movie icons like Sylvester Stallone and Morgan Freeman.
I saw you with them on social media. The fact that these local celebs have not attained the height you have doesn’t mean you are on the scale of 10 while they remain at 4. Nope!
They are exceptionally good and our national heroes. I personally watch and fancy movie roles played by the Ghanaian movie celebrities we have; Majid Michel, John Dumelo, Jackie Appiah, Nadia Buari, Martha Ankomah, Nana Ama Mcbrown, Lil Win, Agya Koo, Kwaku Manu and others.
Abraham, I believe you will allow your life to be ruled by humility. Stardom can be honey and vinegar at the same time. Make a choice but don’t choose the latter.
You are a worldwide sensation. You are fulfilling the dream of some of the local breeds. We are proud of you. The first time I watched the “Beast of No Nation” and hearing your testimony about how you made it to the Cast, I was wowed. I knew you would go far. Such is the grace and favour of God.
Let the same God you trust guide your steps. Don’t read the chapters of your life solely and dependently on your Management team.
Abraham, there have been some arguments about whether you should further your education abroad or remain in your mother country. Which is better; to reside and attend school in Ghana or relocate to the United States to live your dream?
The choice is yours! Make it wisely!
My high esteemed colleague Manasseh Azure wrote; “I will urge you to take your studies seriously. Forget about your stardom and learn hard. Ignore those who are saying you must relocate to America. They are not serious. If you were in America, you would not have starred in this movie.
“If you lived in East Legon, attended GIS and spoke impeccable English, you would not be suitable for this movie. God made no mistake by putting you in Ghana. It was in Ghana that you were picked and put in a global limelight. You don’t need to get out of Ghana in order to make it. Just learn hard and be determined.”
I don’t entirely agree with him but then I believe he wants you to note that you’re part of the local breed and so place the interest of your country above the Hollywood experience.
There are testimonies of some Ghanaians who think they are inferior to the whites and would worship them even at the cost of their lives. Please, don’t be a copycat.
“Please, stay away from drugs. Women who are old enough to be your mother will begin to throw themselves at you. Avoid them. For now, limit the use of your manhood to the passage of urine and forever limit the use of your anus to the passage of fecal matter. There are filthy perverts in the movie industry who can offer you heaven in exchange for your anus. Beware. Be wise!
You still have a future. But not everyone who starts well ends well. Find time to read about Macaulay Carson Culkin. He was one of the most successful child movie stars. At age nine, he was the star actor in the Home Alone movie. His life is in ruins now. He is trying to recover from drugs and a rather wretched life,” swallow this pill of advice from Manasseh Azure.
In concluding my letter, I also realize you have returned to Ghana and made your way to the Presidency. This is very humbling for a young chap and a rising star like you.
But during your interview at the Kotoka International Airport, a journalist asked you whether you would star in any local movie and your response was you don’t have the intention to feature in a local movie.
You stated emphatically that "I'm not going to do local movies" because "Hollywood is more fun."
Though watching the clip seems it was a bit doctored to make it appear your comment about Hollywood being fun is your reason why you won't feature in local movies; I hope it is indeed doctored! And not what you really meant to say.
Well, you might have your reasons for settling up in your mind that you won’t feature in any local movie but if your only excuse is because Hollywood is fun, then Abraham; start considering your career.
Fun does not make a hero. Hard work, determination and a slice of ambition does. Hollywood may be fun but if it is only fun that you want, then you can try the Rotary Park in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. There is much fun there!
I admire this part of Manasseh Azure’s folder on Abraham Attah and I cue in as my advice to you;
“Abraham Attah, learn hard. And serve God well. Let Him guide you to fulfill the purpose He has for you. The God who made the once childless Abraham the father of all nations, is the same God who has lifted you, Abraham Attah, from the obscure slum of Ashaiman, on to the red carpet of the Oscars. And He has only begun with you.”
I am also your admirer.
Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi /Peacefmonline.com/Ghana
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