January 20, 2021

Akosua Busia from 'The Color Purple' Is 54 & Still Looks Stunning — See the Actress

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Akosua Busia celebrated her 54th birthday in December, and the actress proved she's aging like fine wine in the recent posts that she shared on Instagram.

It's been more than three decades since the talented actress Akosua Busia starred as Nettie in the iconic historical drama "The Color Purple" alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.

After making her mark in the film industry, she kept a relatively quiet life out of the spotlight but still maintained her Hollywood spark throughout the years.

Akosua Busia and Desreta Jackson embrace in an emotional scene in the film "The Color Purple," 1985.| Source: Getty Images


Busia still looked radiant as she celebrated her 54th birthday. In the video she shared of her big day, the mom-of-one looked youthful in a white beach cover-up and a blue bikini visible under the see-through fabric.

The actress's birthday was an exciting beachside affair underneath the wavy palm trees of a resort in Accra, Ghana.  Her only child, Hadar Busia-Singleton, joined her as they danced and sang away joyously.


Busia lived her best life throughout the holiday season as she showed off just a week earlier while posing in an orange and blue floral dress accessorized with a royal blue belt.

The "Rosewood" actress also shared a photo of the stunning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o, who she thanked for gifting her the belt as a Christmas present the previous year.


Busia and Lupita worked together on the 2016 Broadway production "Eclipsed," where Busia played the role of a peace activist during the Liberian civil war. 

The project was close to home for the actress who is passionate about human rights and democracy. Busia and her sister co-founded the Busia Foundation International to honor her father, Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia.


Busia's father served as Ghana's Prime Minister in the sixties and was the patriarch of the Yefri Royal House of Wenchi in Ghana, making the actress a princess.

The actress and writer was educated all over the world, but she remained interested in the events on her own continent. Much of her writing focused on interviews with witnesses of the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia.


Although she held a high ranking in her home, Busia was educated all over the world, eventually ending up in the US, where her film career took off with movie credits in "Tears of the Sun" opposite Bruce Willis and the popular medical series "ER."

The actress eventually settled in the US where she stayed in Sherman Oaks, California for 18 years. In that time, she welcomed her daughter, Hadar, with her ex-husband, the late John Singleton.