Adorable Ghanaian international actress, director, author and songwriter, Akosua Busia, best known for her role as Nettie Harris in the 1985 film The Color Purple alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, has ended her 18-year break from the industry by featuring in Danai Gurira’s Broadway drama, ‘Eclipsed’, set amidst the Liberian Civil War.
Akosua proudly announced her return to Ghanaians at the just ended Ghana Movie Awards, where she received the Lifetime Achievement Award. She explained that she made a vow to take time off from the industry until her daughter turned 18 years. The daughter of ex-prime minister of Ghana, Kofi Abrefa Busia, plays the role of Rita one of the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.
Written by award winning Zimbabwean playwright-danae Gurira, ‘Eclipsed’ is the first ever show to make it to Broadway with an all female cast, starring 5 women of African decent; directed by an African woman and written by an African woman. ‘Eclipsed’ also starring Lupita Nyong’o, Saycon Sengbloh, Zainab Jah, and Pascale Armand hits the John Golden Theater with a preview on February 23 and main opening on March 6 for a limited run until June 19.