There are many African actors spread across the globe but Agya Koo will always be counted as one of the best.
His relentless quest for a fully developed film industry cannot go unnoticed. He is a man who loves his job. Ghana is definitely proud of Adu and so is Africa.
He started out as a comedian on the 'Key Soap Concert Party' before venturing into the film industry in 1999 starting with the popular movie “Kumasi Yonko”.
But prior to his break to the limelight Agya has worked as a shoemaker just to make a living.
When he moved to Accra, Agya’s dream was to become of the best singers in Ghana. That had to change, however, as he later found himself acting and as fate may have it, Agya finds himself easily fitting into any character.
In July 2008, he was awarded a National Award by then-Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor.
The National Award is an award that is only accorded to people who have offered immense service to the society.
Only a few ever get it and those who do are usually people who have served the government in high ranking positions. He is considered to be among the people who shaped the Ghanaian acting industry.
Challenges that affected his career
A movie producer, Ola Michael, who is also a former Public Relations Officer of the Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG), has revealed that, Agya Koo is very arrogant and that ‘ended’ his career.
“Agya Koo gives producers just two days to shoot a movie, you won’t have more than two days with Agya Koo.”
“Also, he claims he doesn’t do night scenes because the light affects his eyes. So producers are forced to use less than 48 hours to shoot a movie with him. And this was just so much pressure for every director,” Ola disclosed.
Ola stated further that, Agya Koo was simply in his own world acting like a boss on his own and producers had to comply “At that time, people were chasing him with big money and he can decide to increase his rate at anytime because when he knows there will be lots of [film makers] waiting for him," Ola added.However, Agya Koo claimed that his long absence in movies is due to hatred and sabotage meted out to him by producers and fellow actors.
Agya Koo's involvement in Politics
The veteran actor canvassed support in the Kumawood industry for President Nana Akufo Addo in 2016. He was inspirational, leading a group of top Kumawood actors to support the NPP and Nana Addo. He has pledged to support his party in 2020.
According to the actor, after risking his life to campaign and vote for the NPP to win the election 2016, the party has deserted him.
During his interview on NET 2 TV, he lamented that what he hates is when people make all sorts of claims that he has been given huge contracts under the NPP.
“ I want to set the records straight. I got nothing. I don’t haul fuel. I don’t haul cocoa. I don’t haul cement as I sit with you here. If it is now, they are going to give me, I don’t know, but as I sit here, I got nothing,” he added aggressively.
However, Agya Koo is not the only known figure to make such a revelation.
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