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Ayo Shonaiya Discusses Ghanaian Boy Actor Abraham Attah discovered on the Streets



attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

Abraham Attah attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

Ayo Shonaiya is very experienced in the entertainment industry.

A filmmaker – writer, producer and director, now CEO of his own R70 Music Group in the UK, he posted a photo of the Ghanaian boy actor Abraham Attah with his Spirit Award on his Facebook page and implied Nigerians should emulate Ghanaians by praising someone for their work, not their potential.


Discovered in Ghana while playing in the street (not hawking as many media outlets reported), & cast in the film Beasts of No Nation. In a year he has been groomed, developed, coached and he just won Best Male Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards.

He also presented an Award at the Oscars last night, and already filming his 2nd film. He did not start getting media attention until we all saw his WORK. He was not used as a social experiment and he is not a subconscious charity case you can donate to just to leverage on his media value.

The difference between Ghana and Nigeria is not only in the jollof rice. Congratulations Abraham!

Hmm … is this shade at Nigerians’ reactions to the Olajumoke story?

Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images


  1. destiny

    February 29, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I believe it is. But so cleverly put, the message with fly over the heads of the luck minions.

    • Ame

      March 1, 2016 at 2:50 am

      Where is Freeze? he should write a thesis on this also

    • Jezebel

      March 1, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Ame go back and read the article again. When you are done you will realise the article agrees with what freeze said on the issue.

    • dj

      March 2, 2016 at 11:06 am

      The wrte up is good but mind you people got to know about the lady in question after he pictures went viral, how can you compare modelling and acting? the gestation period for both are just too different. in a day you can make an international model but in 10year you probaly wont evn recognise some actors/actresses. so please let her be and enjoy her time.

  2. Mz_Daniels

    February 29, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Will I blame him, it’s the state of our country, imagine Ghana talking.

    In fact, I will clap back. Bro, here we do not depend on movies or works funded by foreigners, we started an industry with what we had and are steadily building it and making our mark in the international scene.

    Btw, Abraham Attah couldn’t get media attention cos the streets of Ghana can’t attract that much international media. Show me your T.Y Bello or Ghana’s significance in Africa. Ghana that tries too hard to be like Nigeria.

    The difference between Ghana and Nigeria is definitely more than jollof rice.

    Once again, I’ll blame our leaders past and present, see what you’ve caused, even Ghana is having mouth to talk

    • NnennaO

      February 29, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      This is you > (.)___________________________________ (.) <This is the point.

      You're miles away.

    • chinwe

      February 29, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Gosh like Seriously. You must be sooo high sniffy cheap mosquito repellant or fumes from ogas generator. You gonna talk!?. Go ask NEPA to stop embarrassing you. And then come and talk. You know what ? Nigerians could learn a thing or two from Ghana. You talk about Nigeria as if you’ve got a stake in the collective. You anit got notting nigger you just a VICTIM of oppression. Your government don’t give a shit bout you. What you got to be proud off. Gassing nonsense. Biko sit down.

    • Miss T

      February 29, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Why can’t Nigerians just take constructive criticism for what it’s worth ?? Your OAP Freeze wrote about the UNILAG graduate with unbelievable GPA and a lot of you came out to attack him! Why do some of like to blaab without careful examination of content!
      Please all ppl are advancing …do the same and stop misinterpreting everything!! Haaaba!

    • Miss T

      February 29, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      *some of you *

    • Yvonne Oppong

      March 1, 2016 at 12:57 am

      chale why the hate? chill small! Jeezz!!

    • Abena

      March 1, 2016 at 1:00 am

      @Mz_Daniels. You are a disappointment to your country Nigeria. If you have to put another country down to feel good about yourself, then my dear, mediocrity is your middle name. So go on, put Ghana in last place, and place yourself in last but one.

    • AwkwardFromBirth

      March 1, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Abena, wano ye ya papa lol 😀

    • Susan

      March 1, 2016 at 6:13 am

      Like why are you even clapping back at Ghana? Saying Ghana too has mouth to talk as if the comments were made by a Ghanaian and not a fellow Nigerian? It’s funny you say the streets of Ghana can’t attract international media when it was on the streets of Ghana that Abraham Attah was discovered in the first place! What is really going with you?

    • Drew

      March 1, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Ghana that want to be like Nigerian? In what exactly? Live weeks without electricity? Have super rich corrupt leaders rubbing their riches in the faces of the poor? Have it citizens considered as fraudsters by the outside world? Have its women known as heavy bleachers? Boko Haram? Be as big but populated by tribes/regions that want to break away? I could go on but the question what u took in before this comment. So this is what Nigerians think? That other countries in Africa want to be like them? When Ghana was struggling for it Independence and gained it,you were in the bush naked chasing antelopes. Or you think just because a nation is bigger and more populated,that makes it better than a smaller nation? Ghana existed before Nigeria and you and those liking your silly comment can’t change that. Here’s a glass of water to swallow that bitter pill. Bankye!

    • Ify

      March 1, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      To be honest with you, you may talk about mz_Daniels slamming Ghanaians.. but are you any better. Talk about who started first. You as much as everyone should know that it is not how you start but rather how you finish that is more important. Emancipate yourself from mental slavery because your comments were as ignorant as the guy you claimed was bashing Ghana. Each country in Africa has something that needs change, none is better than the other. You may hear about corruption in Nigeria, but Ghana is not heaven on earth. My point by saying this is that rather than fighting fire with fire, It is better to kill someone with kindness. Think of ways to help Africa the continent rather than hating on the next person. We all have something we can learn from each other. Peace not war. Build not tear.

    • eddy ike

      March 1, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Shame onto u daft mz daniel or what ever u call ur self.- dont know anything about Ghana chai!!!

    • afia

      March 5, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Nigerians are too egocentric when will you learn to appreciate could hv congratulated the boy instead of ur long let me educate u,that small country that is not even quatre of Nigeria is part of history. 1st country in africa to gain man years did it take yall to follow sooth.kofi annan rule dis world for how long and if the street of ghana couldn’t help the street of de world has now get use to that.

  3. NnennaO

    February 29, 2016 at 9:44 pm


  4. busybee

    February 29, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    who is this jobless instigator? pls go away, there is room for everyone at the top regardless of starting point or the path they take.

  5. DeeCee

    February 29, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I mean he does have a point. I was just discussing this with my friend the other day. What tangible skills are being given/taught to Jumoke? everyone wants to make her the face of this the face of that… what happens when the whole hype dies down? Its a very inspiring story, however I feel like if they really want her to sustain her new found success, she has to be given an opportunity for constant source of income. Heard she knows/likes how to make hair, how about building her a shop or getting her an apprenticeship position?

  6. nne007

    February 29, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Hahhahahahahahahahahahahaha……………… Epic shades of utter rubbish.

  7. lily

    February 29, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Oh please, media attention got Jumoke all the gigs so in this case she needed it. Ty Bello looked for Jumoke and did a photoshoot with her, told a story on her IG page which in turn got the attention of a modelling agency and whoever wanted to help. Abraham Attah got the job without the need for media attention because there was a job/reason/certainty for which he was found, whoever scouted for that role knew he was looking for a boy to give a job to. For Olajumoke there was no certainty that she was going to get a career or go back to hawking bread after Ty Bello took her pictures. Can people just stop referring to this lady? I really do not get the agitation. That was how “Grandpa Freeze” came and was saying what I don’t know.

  8. bruno

    February 29, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I didnt want to put my mouth in olajumoke’s case but lets face it, she isnt a model. what happened to olajumoke happens regularly in Europe and america. a girl gets discovered on the street or in the mall. but the different is these girls are actually models. tall skinny striking features etc. olajumoke doesn’t have that. we are forcing her to be a model. its the truth. she’s pretty no doubt

    and secondly this girls discovered actually hustle and work hard and get turned down and rejected by fashion labels and companies etc unlike olajumoke who people are just handing things to. its a pity party. lets face fact if olajumoke approached april by kunbi to model her clothes on a normal day will april by kunbi agree. april by kunbi will probably look her up and down and insult her. even that yeye agency few models. on a normal day will they sign olajumoke.

    nigerians we are lying to our selves. pls lets be truthful. pls I’m not hating. lets discuss

    • mrs chidukane

      March 3, 2016 at 1:06 am

      I agree with you Bruno that is why I don’t comment on Jumoke.

    • Fashionista

      March 4, 2016 at 12:17 am

      I absolutely feel the same way, same reason I haven’t jumped on the Jumoke wagon. I see things fizzling out in a few months, a year tops and then what happens next? Her story is an uplifting one and she is truly blessed but her helpers should also ensure more life enriching impacts are made such as education etc so that when this modeling and “face of this and that” wears thin, she would have something tangible to hold on to.

  9. Sheri

    February 29, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    It is oh so humorous to see people like this actually thinking that they are making sense.

    So what is his conclusion? That people should do without helping others any longer?
    What people don’t really understand is that from this simple act of kindness, TY BELLO has touched millions of others to go out and help others too. They used her as a point of reference in Destiny helping at my church for goodness sake! Had it been any other person I might have raised my eyebrow…but anybody that knows of TY BELLO will know that she is truly a genuine spirit who has always worked towards the good of others. Don’t believe me? Go and watch her video titled ‘Ekundayo’ or ‘We are the future’. No be today she don dey 0n this matter!

    Anyways whilst I might agree that the later participants that jumped on board to assist Jumoke were most likely doing so for their own popularity…How was TY Bellow supposed to know it would all turn out that way? Is she the one that begged people to dash her Flat and modelling contract? NO.

    This guys article is being portrayed as if jumoke was lazying around when they found her…SHE WAS WALKING AROUND IN THE HOT SUN CARRYING BREAD ON HER HEAD!!! So what is his point?! I can not stomach people who put down good people to make a selfish point. Just pure negativity. If someone dashed him a flat and car I am very very sure he wouldn’t mine being a ‘social experiment’. Talkative. Empty article.

    • Sisi

      February 29, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      Listen. No one is saying TYBello didn’t do the right thing. No one is throwing shades at her. The point is that Olajumoke is being exploited for her media value ATM. Finish.

    • Sheri

      March 1, 2016 at 1:27 am

      Now you listen, love. There are ways of putting a point across…and sticking to that point. If he wanted to publicly congratulate Abraham Attah, then he was free to do so. What some might not appreciate is the comparison. Why the comparison? Why the sarcasm? If it was over exposure on Jumoke’s behalf he could have also stuck to that point. You know what the irony of it all is? Abraham’s fame was not by any Ghanaian’s doing. Lol. He is there praising Ghanaian’s as if they are the reason behind his success. No be oyinbo man approach the boy for the movie role? Yes na oyinbo man. It wasn’t a Ghanaian. Even the movie he appeared in was written by a Nigerian ooooooo (Book turned to movie). FINISH.

    • Jezebel

      March 1, 2016 at 9:16 am

      You lost me at “they used this to preach in my church”. Uurgh don’t you have a mind of your own? You’re the type that will be brain washed and set on fire all in the name of serving pastors.

  10. Chi

    February 29, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    His logic doesn’t hold water.

    Abraham is not appreciated by his own Ghanian movie industry. They fail to even acknowledge him. If it wasn’t for the white man/ foreign movie directors that picked him up and polished him, the Ghanians still won’t acknowledge him. The held GMA without so much as an invitation for him even though BONN was nominated.

    In contrast, our very own TY saw potential in a street trader turned model and various other indigenes have seen what she saw. We developed our own. No white man needed here.

    • orange

      March 1, 2016 at 12:24 am

      Google is your friend.. He Won best male in Ghana..

    • Abena

      March 1, 2016 at 1:06 am

      Abraham Attah was discovered by a Ghanaian casting agent for BONN. I don’t even know why this thing has become a Ghana/Nigeria rivalry. Obviously, both countries have failed in providing opportunities for young people to discover their talents–be it Abraham or Jumoke. We are fighting to be the least common denominator?

  11. SS

    February 29, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    LIAR…..he didn’t present at oscars

    • orange

      March 1, 2016 at 12:21 am

      Google is your friend

    • SA

      March 1, 2016 at 2:38 am

      Google is indeed my friend,didn’t watch the last past….I hurriedly called the man LIAR?

  12. AlabamaUncut Blog

    February 29, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    After going through that ‘Alayonuso’s post, then I remember this beautiful song. Ko sogbon tele da, Kosi Iwa tele wu, Koso na tele mo, tele fi taiye lorun o. People should always try to mind their damn business.

    Mr, FOCUS on your life. Try to make an impact. Cheers!

  13. Chi

    February 29, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Groom Jumoke more. Make even the Western world see what you’ve seen in her. Not everyone in Nigeria even thinks she has the “it factor” in modelling. Give her that is what the article is saying.
    She’s more like a charity case now that the talent we all saw and admired. Make Jumoke irresistible. Coach her to model like a Diva. Teach her to strot her stuff and kill the runway. Make us believe she can be turned from an ordinary girl to a supermodel.

    • precy

      March 1, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      ooh my goodness wats with Ghana and Nigeria, this article is talking abt Jumoke and Abraham but pple have found an excuse to fight and talk abt un necessary things. these 2 countries needs to grow up why fight like kids. we are all africans each and every country is better than the other in some way. i nstead of us embracing one another and appreciates the good from each other here grown up man and women exchnging words. instead of pple to have constructive conversations but no they want to fight over petty issues like these

      @ chi thank u, u understood wat the writer was saying wish everyonewould read the article properly

  14. Marlvina

    February 29, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Ayo Shonaiya actually talks some sense.

  15. Papacy

    March 1, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Of course people will exploit it. It’s a very attractive story. The young lady isn’t even hopping from one daytime show to another for a few minutes of fame as we see abroad. She has been granted an internship, admitted to an etiquette school, presently being trained as a model. If she’s wise she will pick a thing or two from all this and improve herself. Let them “exploit” her, let her “exploit” this opportunity. Mr Attah’s story isn’t any differnet from the model Oluchi either (who was scouted hawking on the streets of Lagos if I recall). Both of them seized their opportunities and made something of themselves. Call it grace, call it good luck, people who seemingly don’t deserve “extra” do get them. People should deal with it and move on abeg.

  16. zibaintl

    March 1, 2016 at 2:37 am

    d race is not for d swift but d lord God showeth mercy……seest thou a man diligent in his business, he shall stand bfor kings n not mean men…d ways of God are not our ways…..olajumoke b prepared for d bashing from people all over d world afterall not everyone will not celebrate d someone’s success….all I can say is DAT men can choose to celebrate u or not but d most impt tin is DAT you were diligent in your buiz n dats y u are standing bfor kings…don’t let anyone tell u DAT u don’t even look like a model or u do not deserve all d attention…d guy wit 5.0,worked hard to achieve DAT, d Ghana guy worked hard to play his role and u jumoke also worked hard under d scorching sun to sell bread n your story changed …so I zibaintl will keep celebrating u, if odas are tired, na dem sabi….or better still mak dem go tell God to stop d blessings dem on u….but God has said .my ways no b dsame wit human being own…end of story.

  17. Great Lady

    March 1, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Dude did not throw a shade, he threw the whole tree at them.

  18. Drew

    March 1, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Let me just say from the comments I’ve seen on Nigerian blogs these past years, I see why Nigerian leaders gets away with what they do. Example is thread. You’ve got a long way to go.

    • Drew

      March 1, 2016 at 9:30 am

      *example is this thread*

  19. Niyoola

    March 1, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I’m just here wondering why “Strker” wasnt nominated for any awards.
    Striker didn’t speak throughout the movie, but he conveyed a lot for a very young chap.

    I loved Striker, with his wonky eye and grass chewing.

    Guess he doesn’t have a good publicist.

    • AwkwardFromBirth

      March 1, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Striker was my favourite character too

    • Fashionista

      March 4, 2016 at 12:21 am

      YESSS!!!! I loved striker too, he was my favorite in the movie. I was really touched when he died.

  20. voice of change

    March 1, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Why are my African people so emotional eh,over trivial issues raise all guns,but issues that concern your quality of life,that of your future and children’s, so passive.
    Light, e no dey,fuel e scarce,food nko expensive, education ;don rot,health; na Pastor dey consult ,security; ahh no go there.and you are killing and fighting yourselves upon matter why no matter.
    Get angry and confront the real issues. Abi what’s the pride in being a child soldier which the young man acted.or a lady hawking bread ,in this century we are in.
    Those are issues confronting us as a continent. Let the world see Africa in a different light.

  21. Tosin

    March 1, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Well,I see that Bella Naija made an amendment on the incorrect sentence I pointed out last night but refuse to say thank & even ate my comment,weldone,o wa la ra yin.If you need me to proofread for you,hala!

  22. Tosin

    March 1, 2016 at 2:05 pm


  23. Rahel

    March 2, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I am so proud of this boy. Just want him to know that he is loved.

  24. tinativ

    March 2, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I love Africa ,love Ghana, love Nigeria,big ups to Abraham… That’s all matters Shalom!

  25. Maame Konadu

    March 6, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    This is why we are still the worst developed continent

    Wasting time to fight over something that is not important

  26. mameakua

    March 11, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Oh it is important, we are have to start from somewhere if we want to make a difference.

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