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Abraham Atta Leave him be, success is a journey not a destination

Abraham Atta does not have to conquer all of Hollywood to be celebrated. This story is already a success story and he deserves every bit of the buzz

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Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. These are the words of Arthur Ashe.

Abraham Atta is the name on the lips of Ghanaians everywhere. For a 15-year-old boy who probably never dreamt of a movie career, his story is one phase of success. A journey he needs to enjoy.

The insatiable needs of mankind have been present literally since the days of Adam. Mankind always want more and this coupled with the relativity of success, is the more reason why one can only be happy for Abraham Atta.


Abraham Atta is probably not going to be the next George Clooney or Morgan Freeman. Or maybe he is. But that is no way an excuse to criticize the buzz around him, on the note that he is not there yet. Where else do we expect him to be to celebrate him?

The feeling a parent gets when a child makes a first step towards walking, that joy one has when a child, brother sister or cousin passes an exam say BECE, the ecstasy of accomplishing something. This is the success journey. There is not real destination, just a process.

What then? Shall we say the little boy or girl who passed the BECE is not at the level of a professor emeritus so we need not share in his or her joy? God forbid!


Abraham Atta with his role in the Beast of No Nation caught the eye of the people who mattered and has resulted in him going places and winning accolades. The ripple effect has seen him feature in a short movie Out of the Village about Ebola which will be screened around the world.

The young Ghanaian actor has also been casted for a role alongside Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Chloe Grace Moretz and Daniel Radcliffe [Harry Potter] in an upcoming movie Modern Ocean. Irrespective of the role Abraham plays in the movie, the experience of meeting and working with such people will be evident.


To jokingly point out the flaws of a young actor in his award receiving or presenting speech is a murky way of boosting one’s egocentric ego and personal standing and subsequently avoiding bruising one’s conscience for the fact the one is a hater. Simple as that.

The success plots in Abraham’s story are obvious. People are in Hollywood paying managers to get roles that will give them the recognition the young Ghanaian has now. Atta practically got it on a free.


Actors who have landed roles need to be recognized and just get nominated for awards. Atta got nominated and won some awards.

Some will relish the opportunity to be called as a spectator for the most prestigious movie award ceremony there is, the Oscars. Atta was not only invited to be a spectator, but also to present an award.

And lastly, people are in Ghana with an entire success goal of landing a visa to the United States of America. Well, that cannot be said of the young Abraham Atta, can it?

So forget grading the young actor by the level of success you want him to be because quite frankly, he already is.


And if movie wasn’t the path of destiny for him after all, he should be able to now go through school like a normal kid without the financial burden that might have existed a year ago.

Abraham Atta doesn’t have to be the next big thing the world is yet to see. In his own small way, he is an inspiration. Just see the good in him. The future will work itself out.

                               Written by Kwame Boakye
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