My name is Edinam Atatsi. I am a proud Ghanaian, an actress and a philanthropist. I believe a successful career in acting requires equal parts gift or talent, right time, right place and practice. I am blessed to have portrayed characters from the past that have impacted history, and characters that are destined to impact my culture. I am also glad to have dabbled into stage acting, using my voice to create new worlds. I have been blessed to have contributed immensely towards the development of the industry over the years. Humbly, I consider myself one of the actresses that helped reshape the Ghana Movie Industry. Being a trendsetter, my first screening was Abibigromma and I moved on to star in various movies. Some of these movies include African Timber, The Destiny of Lesser Animals and Penicillin etc. I am an award winning Ghanaian actress, featured in over 100 productions both local and international. I have over 25 years experience in the Arts; Stage, Television, Radio Film and Community Theatre. I am glad my hard work has paved the way for few actors and actresses to be courageous enough to venture into the creative industry. I believe women in the industry deserve a lot of credit, especially with challenges we face on our own individual path – equality, payscale, rape, race, etc. Momentarily, I am glad to serve as a mentor to the new and upcoming talents in the industry. Giving back in any form has always been one of my callings - community outreach etc. Lastly, credits goes to all my fellow veteran actors, actresses, production managers, screenwriters etc. I won't be here without your involvement in my journey (thank you). Current screening project working on - The Storm Movie, Ghana.
What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an actress?
I only expressed my disappointment in the current movers in the Ghanaian entertainment industry, for allowing Bollywood to take over as the frontrunners of the arts and entertainment industry in Africa. This is my own personal opinion – I hope our community would continue patronizing “local made productions or screenings” to keep the industry alive.
What would you say was the single most influential factor in your business success?
I have not given up on screen acting, but momentarily I am solely concentrating my skills on the stage plays.
What advice would you give to an upcoming talent or creative locally and internationally?
Acknowledgement could come in the form of awards, a pat on the back sometimes but be brave to keep working hard. Seek out small playhouses and theaters in your local community and audition for various roles. Even if – being an extra, an experience behind the curtain, that what is matters.