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King Ampaw

King Ampaw

King Ampaw, a renowned Ghanaian filmmaker and actor, gained recognition for his notable performance as the secondary protagonist alongside the late Hollywood actor, Klaus Kinski, in the remarkable film Cobra Verde (1987), directed by Werner Herzog, which he also co-produced.

1940

Born
25 July 1940

Born

King Ampaw was born on 25 July 1940 in Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

1965

Early life and education
11 July 1965

Early life and education

King Ampaw received his film education at the Academy of Film in Potsdam, Germany, and later pursued studies at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria, and the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Germany, studying under notable filmmakers Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders, ultimately graduating as a film director with his debut work, They Call it Love.

1979

Career
11 July 1979

Career

After returning to Ghana, King Ampaw served as a senior director at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) from 1979 to 1982 before establishing his own film company, Afro movies Ltd., and went on to write, direct, and produce his own acclaimed films like Kukurantumi, Road to Accra (1983), Juju (1985), and No Time to Die (2006), many of which were co-funded by Afromovies Ltd. and international organizations like the European Union and the French Government, earning international recognition and receiving numerous awards such as the Film Critics Award for Kukurantumi, Road to Accra at FESPACO, the Input Film Award for Juju in the Czech Republic, and the Talifa Film Festival Award in Spain for No Time to Die.

2013

Awards and Nomination
11 July 2013

Awards and Nomination

In recognition of his talent and contributions to the film industry, King Ampaw received the "Best Actor" award at the 4th African Film Festival of Tarifa in Spain in 2007, presented at the 20th anniversary of the Pan-African Film and Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia in 2008, won the Film Critics Award for Kukurantumi at Fespaco in Ouagadougou, received the Input Film Award for Nana Akoto in Czechoslovakia, and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Accra International Film Festival (AIFF) in 2013, in addition to winning the Honorary Award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in Nigeria

2023

Personal life
11 July 2023

Personal life

He is married with two sons

2023

Final film
11 July 2023

Final film

Currently, King Ampaw is engaged in the production of his final film, "The Son and Sun of Africa," which focuses on the remarkable life of the renowned Pan-Africanist, Kwame Nkrumah, thereby bringing his artistic endeavors to a fulfilling culmination.

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