Ghanaian actress, television presenter, songwriter, and scriptwriter Nana Ama McBrown was almost 40 when she got married to her husband, Maxwell Mawu Mensah, a businessman. Though it is not known the exact time their relationship, the two had been in a long relationship prior to their wedding and were even involved in a ghastly automobile accident that happened way back in 2013. The fact the duo was already together by 2013 is an indication that they did not rush into matrimony. The couple were married for over three years before their daughter, Maxin Mawushi Mensah, was born in 2019.
As an actress, McBrown made her big break on the set of the television series Tentacles. It didn’t take long before the blossoming actress found mainstream popularity, playing the lead in Asoreba – the Twi-language film where she shared the screen with the likes of Mercy Aseidu and Agya Koo. After Asoreba became a huge success, it heralded the advent of the Twi-language language into the Ghanaian movie scene. Due to her significant success, it is easy to see how her personal life has attracted attention as well.
Nana Ama McBrown Was 39 When She Got Married To Mensah
In spite of the level of fame she has achieved in the entertainment industry, Nana Ama McBrown still tries to keep her personal life under lock and key. However, that has proven to be a bit difficult given the current era of social media. It is known that the Asoreba alum had just turned 39 years old when she tied the nuptial knot with her long time significant other – Maxwell Mawu Mensah – in 2016.
The two were joined in a private wedding ceremony; consequently, fans and the general public only got to that she was married after the photos of their wedding started circulating on the internet.
Their wedding definitely surprised those who thought their relationship would not last due to their age gap. It has never been a secret that the Ghanaian actress is older than Mensah who earns a living as a businessman. In fact, there is a six-year-gap between them as Mensah’s date of birth has been revealed to be 3rd of August 1983. For comparison, the actress was born on the 15th of August 1977.
Due to her age, many fans have speculated that the actress had been married before; however, this was the first marriage for actress. It was also the first time her husband had been married as well.
The Actress Had Her Share Of Failed Relationships Before Finding True Love
It is hard to find any actor or actress that has attained maturity in the entertainment world without encountering love on the way. For Nana Ama McBrown, her name was linked to quite a few colleagues. For one, she was constantly shipped with frequent costar, Omar Sheriff Captan, with whom she has appeared in a good number of productions. However, they wasted no time in denying any romantic dalliance and have done so repeatedly.
In 2004, the versatile entertainer embarked on a well-publicized relationship with Ghanaian musician Okyeame Kwame. During the year, the duo traveled all over the country as they worked hard to promote Okyeame’s solo release. They also extended their tour to Europe and the US where the actress leveraged the opportunity to join the African American Documentary that was shot in California. The couple’s relationship was barely one year old in 2005 when they decided to go their separate ways.
She Became A Mother In Her 40s
The first time McBrown was spotted with a baby bump was after she shot a commercial as Hisense’s ambassador, thus confirming the speculations about her pregnancy that had been making the rounds. Nana Ama McBrown began to enjoy the joys of motherhood on the 23rd of February 2019 when her adorable daughter Maxin Mawushi Mensah was born, three years into her marriage, in a Canadian hospital. Nana was already in her 40s when she gave birth to her daughter.
Upon her baby’s arrival, the internet was set agog with the news of her safe delivery, triggering congratulatory messages from fans and colleagues. She received heartfelt congratulatory messages from the likes of Yvonne Okoro, Yvonne Nelson, Vivian Jill, and Mawuli Gavor as they shared in her joy.
McBrown Revealed The Hardship She Encountered Trying To Conceive
The Ghanaian actress views the arrival of her daughter as a very big breakthrough. McBrown has revealed how difficult life becomes when one is a wife without becoming a mother. The actress shared how she was forced to visit the wrong places and people just to conceive.
According to the movie star, her search for a child began in 1999; McBrown shed light on the clinical procedures she had to undergo which all ended up as effort in futility.
On her 42nd birthday, Nana Ama McBrown was full of praises for her husband who stood by her through thick and thin, encouraging and supporting her despite the struggles they had to contend with along the way. McBrown shed tears of joy as she returned all glory to God whom she credits with completing her life at the age of 42.
The mother of one also leveraged the opportunity to express her gratitude to her husband, Maxwell, saying that she may never have given birth without him, as he has been her greatest pillar of support and strength.
When it was time for her husband’s birthday on the 3rd of August, the television host celebrated it with an adorable and touching photo of Maxwell Mawu Mensah with their daughter.
Nana Ama McBrown’s affection for her daughter is never in question; the actress never misses an opportunity to show off her daughter or how excited she is to be a mother. However, her excitement – or as some people would say, overexcitement – drew the ire of the international media when Nana put up a video of her kissing and licking her daughter, while celebrating Maxin’s first birthday. FOX 5 in particular called out the actress; however, the Ghanaian star was unbothered by their critique, and would not be defined by how others assume she should relate with her child.
Nana Ama McBrown Is Able To Juggle Her Successful Career With Family Responsibilities
When one considers the recent increase in the breakup of celebrity marriages, one would begin to appreciate how challenging it is for these stars to maintain healthy unions. According to Nana Ama McBrown, celebrity relationships are fraught with a plethora of problems, but she is unswerving in ensuring that hers is successful even in the face of the challenges.
The actress mentioned that she and Mensah have come to an amicable understanding which aids in quick resolution of domestic issues. This mutual understanding is made possible by the fact that she tries to fulfill her perceived wifely duties and takes her role as a mother seriously. She places value on cooking, child care, pleasing her spouse, and every other thing that is purportedly expected from a wife and mother.
Answering questions on infidelity in marriage, the movie star also revealed that she is less bothered about the challenges posed by cheating in relationships, citing that stopping men from cheating has become an insurmountable task for women. Nevertheless, Nana Ama McBrown advised men to show respect to their partners even when they are cheating. From her perspective, couples can conquer every relationship problem, all they need is the determination and zeal to handle things constructively as well as positively.
Her Parents Left When She Was Quite Young
As earlier stated, McBrown was born on the 15th of August 1977. Along with six siblings, the actress was born to Kwabena Nkrumah and Cecilia Agyenim Boateng. The records show her place of birth as Kumasi, Ghana. Sadly, her parents got separated and eventually divorced when she was still very young and impressionable.
Upon their divorce, Kwabena Nkrumah left the task of taking care of the children to his estranged wife. Unable to cope with the day to day hassles of bringing up seven children, Cecilia decided to give up her kids for adoption to their aunt – Madam Betty Obiri Yeboah and her husband, Kofi McBrown. Needless to say, the actress took her present surname from their adoptive father, Kofi.
She Eventually Grew Under The Watch Of Foster Parents
McBrown eventually spent the remaining part of her formative years in Kwadaso, Kumasi with her adoptive parents. To this day, the actress considers Madam Betty Obiri Yeboah to be her real mother as nurture takes more credit in making one a mother than nature. Nana Ama McBrown has always been vocal with her gratitude to Madam Betty for her love and care and most of all for ensuring she had a stable home while growing up.
For her education, the actress joined St. Peter’s International Residential School, after which she changed to Minnesota International and later to Central International. Continuing to Kwadaso L.A. J.S.S, she encountered some challenges which led to her dropping out of school, thus, she was unable to sit for the Basic Education Certificate Exams. Nana Ama later obtained a secretarial certificate from the College of Business.
Nana Ama McBrown Made Her Debut At The Age Of 24
McBrown had no plans of forging a career as an actress but it would appear that providence had other plans for her; in fact, she basically stumbled into the acting profession. On hearing about Miracle Films’ audition call on radios, the young Nana decided to go f0r it but ended up being hired as a costumier.
While going about her work as a costumier on set, she drew the attention of the movie director, Samuel Nyamekye, who felt that she would be better suited for the lead role than the people who were already being tried for the part. Nana Ama McBrown was just 24 in 2001 when her debut movie entitled That Day graced screens, thus launching her career in the entertainment industry which has continued to grow over the years.
Her performance on the set of That Day was considered remarkable, earning her a spot on the popular television series Tentacles. The year 2007 saw her as part of the film entitled Asoreba that marked the beginning of the Twi-language in the Ghanaian movie scene. There, she co-starred alongside some A-list entertainers such as Mercy Aseidu and Agya Koo.
She Went On To Become One Of The Most Prolific Actresses In Ghana
Her role in Asoreba was just a harbinger for other remarkable roles like the ones she played in Coming To Africa, Nnipa ye bad, SideChic Gang, Abro, He Is Mine, Madam Joan, and Nsem Pii. She also played notable roles in productions like Kumasi Yonko, Odo Ntira, Madam Moke, Love Comes Back, Kae Dabi, Wo Nyame som po ni, Alicia, Fools Paradise, Dea Ade Wo No, Girl Connection, Playboy, and a host of other remarkable movies and television series.
Nana Ama McBrown is one prolific Ghanaian actress and the fact that the English language is not her first language has not doused her light one bit. Her many talents extend to TV shows where she works as the host of UTV’s United Showbiz and McBrown Kitchen – a popular cooking TV show. McBrown’s widespread fame led Royal Drinks to hire her services as their brand ambassador.
The actress’ effort in the entertainment world has not gone without compensation as she has been nominated for many prestigious awards and has emerged the winner of a significant number of those nominations.