continent of expressions - AFRICA
afrostylemagazine cover december 2008

Photography: Jason Maddox
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Photo Editing: Ken Pivak
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Makeup: Kristine "LaLa" Sterris
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Wardrobe: Kristie Jarfold
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Hair: Joanie Danger
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ASM: Thank you for interviewing with AfroStyle Magazine and congratulations on your success.

ASM: A lot of young females and even males dream to be in your position. What made you decide to get into the entertainment industry?
  AA:  I always wanted to be in entertainment.   For as long as I can remember I loved to perform and dress up and just go out there and do very creative stuff.

ASM: 17 years of age is a pretty young age when you began your journey. How did your family react to your decision to be in the entertainment industry versus being a doctor, attorney etc?
AA: Oh well, I had to fight tooth and nail to be where I am today.  I guess I had to do it myself as they were not supportive.  As the old saying goes what does not kill you only makes you stronger. So I just kept on heading toward my dreams and I finally made them come true.   

ASM:  Who are your sources of inspiration?
AA: I have so many women that inspire me. These are strong women that are pillars of society such as Oprah, my grandmother, Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou,

ASM: I understand you are Ghanaian. What tribe are you from? Have you been back there and what do you miss the most?
AA: I am actually half Ashanti, but I am all African.  I love and miss Africa, the culture, the weather, the people and especially the food. I am always looking for good African restaurants in Los Angeles.  I love Ghanaian and Nigerian food best.

ASM: What's life like as a model, actress and a philanthropist? Is there anything you like or dislike the most about what you do?
AA: Life is so busy I am constantly on the move. Half of the time I don’t know if I am coming or going.  I guess people think it is easy but putting things together can sometimes take forever.

ASM:  Tell us a little more about your organization CAMFED. How can people get involved? Are there any other organizations you are involved with?
AA: CAMFED is run by Ann Cotton. It educates girls from impoverished communities all over Africa from kindergarten right through to their college degrees. They have had great success stories with many of their alumni becoming doctors, lawyers, teachers, accountants and much more. Their philosophy is "if you educate a girl you educate  her world"  this is a great thing. Once mother can read or has education even if she cannot afford to educate her children she can teach them to read and write.


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Makeup- Kristine "LaLa" Sterris

ASM: Being related to Kofi Annan, the spotlight is even greater. Do you feel more pressure to put your best foot forward since like him, you represent not only yourself but also Africa where ever you go?
AA: Actually I do not use his name in anything I do.  I have achieved everything in my life by myself.  He is who he is and I am who I am.  He is a great man and does so much good for our world.  I do not feel under pressure at all.  I just live my life to the fullest.   I really wish I could represent Africa, but it is such a diverse place; however I can proudly say I represent whatever part to that diversity that shines through me.

ASM: What do you think about the Movie and Model industries in Ghana and Africa as a whole? What role are you playing to enhance their progress in mainstream?
AA: I think the movie industry in Nigeria is good and in Ghana it is getting there; However I hear Ghanaian actresses are doing well in Nollywood these days which is good too. I think Africa has a long way to go especially when it comes to monetizing movies, especially due to pirating and lack of theatres.   More and more new cinemas are being built and I am sure that soon African movies will eventually penetrate Europe, America and South America.  A lot of big time African players are just realizing that the film business could be just as lucrative as investing in stocks.  This will help change the dynamics of everything.

ASM: What's your next move? What should readers and fans expect to see from you?
AA: Oh I am coming out a new TV show hopefully soon and also my own clothing line.

ASM: What advice do you have for aspiring models and actors?
AA: Just be confident and do not listen to all the negative crap. Believe in yourself and do not let anyone else tell you otherwise.

ASM: I am sure you look back on your career and you pinch yourself in awe because of your accomplishments. Is there any part of your career you are most proud of?
AA: Well I hardly ever pinch myself. As I planned everything I am today and I am not yet done. I have only just begun. The road is hard especially being ethnic, but as one of my favorite singers Diana Ross says "Ain’t no mountain high enough".

ASM: What would you like your legacy to be known and always be remembered for?
AA: I think I should be known as the "the one who could not be broken". I think I have an inner resolve and strength that has carried me through. I would like my legacy to be "you can do whatever you set your mind out to do".

ASM: Here's a chance to clear up any misconceptions about you if there's any. Tell us "Who is Amanda Annan?"
AA: Amanda Annan is a high rolling “High Flying Diva with a great big heart" that sees the potential in everyone and wants everyone to be the best they can be.

ASM: Thank you again for taking some time out of the day for AfroStyle Magazine. We wish you nothing but more success in your endeavors.

 

 

Amanda Annan can be contacted at

cl@londonflairpr.com