Actor Abraham Attah was honoured with a Scholastic Improvement Award for scoring a 4.0 GPA during his first year at his new school, Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, United States of America.
Zoey Martinson, a producer of the movie Beasts of No Nation which brought Attah international recognition congratulated him on Instagram writing: So proud of this little nugget. Starting school in the USA for the first time and by the end of the year making honors and getting a 4.0!!!
In December 2015, Cary Fukunaga, Director of the movie told Business Insider Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix had promised to pay the fees of the actor through to senior year of high school.
“And I should mention that Ted Sarandos has said that he would pay for his private education through senior year of high school. Then we went to work trying to find a school that would start at his level. Because technically he’s in 7th grade, but I think there’s a lot to be caught up on including reading comprehension, and that’s essential to his script reading if he wants to do more acting in the future.”
Abraham Attah gained international prominence playing lead role alongside Idris Elba in the movie Beasts of No Nation directed by Emmy Award-winning Cary Fukunaga.
Playing the character ‘Agu’ who when civil war tears his family apart, is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transformed into a child soldier earned Attah praise around the world.
He won Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at Venice Film Festival 2015, ‘Best Male Lead’ award at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards, and also Rising Star Award’ at the Black Fim Critics Circle (BFCC). The award scheme called Attah’s role as “one of the strongest and most phenomenal we have ever seen” and added that he had “a very bright future ahead of him”.
The movie was based on the 2005 novel of the same title by Uzodinma Iweala. Shoot in Ghana, it starred Ama K. Abebrese, Fred Amugi and Grace Nortey.
The movie was the first fictional feature produced and distributed by Streaming Service Netflix.