“My fascination with the creative imagination derives from its power to evoke truth and beauty in our tireless search for change ”
Kwesi Owusu is one of Ghana’s leading creatives. He was born in Sekondi, Ghana and is a grand relative of Kobina Sekyi, writer of ‘The Blinkards’ (1910), one of the first Black playwrights. Kwesi Owusu has been described as Ghana’s Renaissance man for his creative achievements across a broad range of art forms and aesthetic boundaries. His first feature film, AMA, (Channel Four Television, UK / Artificial Eye / 1991) co-directed with Kwate Nee Owoo is an acclaimed classic of magical realist cinema. He studied at Adisadel College, Ghana and is a postgraduate of London School of Economics where he studied Political Science and Pre Colonial African Social Formations.
Kwesi Owusu has worked as a writer, lecturer, actor, poet, and music producer. He was a member of African Dawn, the award-winning poetry and music group that led the movement for a new African aesthetics during the 1980s and collaborated with Ngugi Wa Thiongo on the London production of his classic play ‘The Trial of Dedan Kimathi”. He has directed over 500 documentaries and commercials and produced for Radio and Television.
Kwesi Owusu was co-owner of Electric Cinema, Europe’s oldest cinema on Portobello Road, London during the 1990s and distributed independent and Black Hollywood films.
As a Social Rights advocate, Kwesi Owusu led the Jubilee 2000 Campaign for Debt Cancellation in Africa during the late 1990s and worked with African heads of States such as President Obasanjo of Nigeria and President Thebo Mbeki of South Africa, Kofi Annan the UN Secretary-General, as well as Jubilee 2000 affiliated organisations around the world.
Kwesi Owusu was nominated Personality of the Century by the Millennium Excellence Awards (2006) and received the Arts Reviewers Association of Ghana’s award for cultural ambassador in 2008.