Remember Nettie from 'The Color Purple'? She's real-life royalty & has a kid with famous celeb

Cynthia Rita
Sep 23, 2018
04:13 P.M.
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- Celebritist sourced from 'I Love Old School Music' details of the life of Nettie Harris whose real name is Akosua Busia.


- It has been gleaned that ‘The Color Purple’ star is actually a real-life royalty and a princess somewhere in Ghana.

- Unknown to many, she married a famous and legendary celebrity, and she has a kid with him.


Akosua Busia (born Akosua Gyamama Busia on December 30, 1966) is a Ghanaian actress, film director, author and songwriter.

She is the daughter of Kofi Abrefa Busia who was the prime minister of the Republic of Ghana from 1969 to 1972.

Well, it turns out that the star is actually a royal princess. Her father is a prince of the royal family of Wenchi, a subgroup of the Ashanti.


Akosua grew up in Ghana, and started her acting career at the age of 16, while attending London’s Central School of Speech and Drama on scholarship.

She got her first acting role as Juliet in an otherwise white cast performing Shakespeare’s 'Romeo and Juliet' at Oxford University, where her siblings were studying.

She is best known for her role as Nettie Harris in the 1985 film 'The Color Purple', a film which centers on the life of an oppressed black woman.


The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.

She has also had notable performances in film roles, including ‘Native Son’ (1986), ‘Badge of the Assassin’ (1985), ‘Rosewood’ (1997), and ‘Tears of the Sun’ (2003).

Besides acting, she is also the author of ‘The Seasons of Beento Blackbird: A Novel’. She was also a co-writer of 1998 film, ‘Beloved’.


There's another amazing fact about this star that people do not seem to know - she has a child with a famous star.

Yeah, that’s right! Akosua married American film director, John Singleton, with whom she has a daughter, Hadar Busia-Singleton (born on April 3, 1997).


The two divorced on June 15, 1997. Their daughter, Hadar attended school in Ghana before returning to the US.

What do you think of Akosua Busia’s marriage to the legendary John Singleton? Let’s hear your thoughts.



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