Being the real me without apology | MaameYaa Boafo | TEDxAccra

  • Опубликовано: 15 июн 2015
  • A beautiful story is told of a young African girl who travelled all over the world and finally settled in the United States with the dream of becoming an actress. After several unpleasant yet interesting experiences, she finally gets to be the actress with working permit in the US. MaameYaa Boafo tells her story
    MaameYaa Boafo is a professional actress. Growing up in Pakistan, Sudan, Kenya, Switzerland and Ethiopia, MaameYaa’s upbringing has made her an artist with a hear t for culture, travel and humanity.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Комментарии • 355

  • Patrice Lewis
    Patrice Lewis 3 дня назад

    I watched this on my tv and I had to come to my phone to comment and say that you are truly inspiring and your passion shines through. Keep pushing. Never stop. Much love.

  • Scott Wallace
    Scott Wallace Месяц назад

    What a lovely, intelligent, inspiring, African woman. Gives one hope.

  • Asheweyna A
    Asheweyna A 2 месяца назад

    beautiful!!!!!! on you said home sick is a disease...u are right but which home ???

  • Briana Kelley
    Briana Kelley 2 месяца назад

    Lovely. Thank you!

  • Fathi Moh
    Fathi Moh 3 месяца назад

    u are role model sis

  • Michal Okonda
    Michal Okonda 3 месяца назад

    From Kenya. You just did justice to my selfesteem.iam encouraged to be better

  • ACB 2K
    ACB 2K 3 месяца назад

    By this gods grace that's why blacks suffer, too much god bs.

  • Mesha _girl
    Mesha _girl 3 месяца назад

    I like to act but i think whats holding me back from chasing this dream is the fact that i feel like acting with never pay my living

  • Ebenezer Kyei-Baffour
    Ebenezer Kyei-Baffour 4 месяца назад

    Very intelligent woman! I am happy for you that you pursued your dream. There are greater things ahead for you.

  • Jackson Osieboh
    Jackson Osieboh 4 месяца назад

    I love her. She and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie almost the same.

    At the first glance i thought she's Ngozi.

  • Bob Smith
    Bob Smith 4 месяца назад

    She is so beautiful and articulate.

  • Shimron Netia
    Shimron Netia 4 месяца назад

    now let us liberate Africa..

  • James Oppong Yeboah
    James Oppong Yeboah 5 месяцев назад

    Hey Maame Yaa, how are u? I saw your video very late, but I like it enough that's great video, thank you. I also from GHANA. Your great.

  • Single Covers
    Single Covers 6 месяцев назад

    Hello people I am from Honduras Central America and I am follower of inteligent people in you tube I think this is an important manner to grow up mentaly I never went to school in my childhood but I am very happy because I ve learned to speake English,catalan,and to play the guitar watching videos in you tube this is my teacher RU-clip.I am very thankfull with technology and persons like this interesting woman.thank

  • guccibandhana
    guccibandhana 8 месяцев назад

    fellow ghanaian :)

  • Hawi Zawude
    Hawi Zawude 8 месяцев назад +1

    means she is rich A>

  • Ntandokazi Baxana
    Ntandokazi Baxana 8 месяцев назад


  • heamima moreli
    heamima moreli 8 месяцев назад

    well done.sister.God bless

  • Angelina Parker
    Angelina Parker 9 месяцев назад

    Now what do we do?lolololol.

  • LifeAfricaRadioOnline LARO
    LifeAfricaRadioOnline LARO 9 месяцев назад

    A dream come through.

    COLLINS ADDO 9 месяцев назад

    Oh my God
    Yaa I love you so much.
    Na ad3n😃?

  • Linda Oloo
    Linda Oloo 10 месяцев назад

    Oh such an inspiration.

  • Saeed Muhammed Lawan
    Saeed Muhammed Lawan 10 месяцев назад

    She is amazing.

  • winnie dube
    winnie dube 10 месяцев назад

    Thank you

  • Tana Wilson
    Tana Wilson 10 месяцев назад

    I don't understand how this mini documentary received over 1thousand dislikes...gotta be some disgruntled white folks!

  • Camilo Angola
    Camilo Angola 11 месяцев назад

    Thanks for your advices about living abroad!

  • tomiseen
    tomiseen 11 месяцев назад

    Love her talk!, The audience was painfully dry though🤦🏾‍♀️

  • martha black
    martha black 11 месяцев назад

    Love her hair and Everthing about her.

  • joel jokoniah
    joel jokoniah 11 месяцев назад

    this is beautiful

  • Nzuri Books
    Nzuri Books 11 месяцев назад

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  • Kesse Agyemang
    Kesse Agyemang 11 месяцев назад

    It bulids my cofitnce

  • J. Jewell
    J. Jewell 11 месяцев назад


  • TawanaRay
    TawanaRay 11 месяцев назад

    AMEN this was a blessing!

  • NAiMa
    NAiMa Год назад

    This is just amazing👊🏾

  • Sandra Nwagbo
    Sandra Nwagbo Год назад

    Go girl.... You've inspired me

  • jussie ral
    jussie ral Год назад

    This is great inspiration I love it

  • Cora la fleur
    Cora la fleur Год назад

    I enjoyed this 😊

  • Edu Afrique
    Edu Afrique Год назад

    S U P E R B, Maame Yaa Boafo!

  • Upeka Dissanayake
    Upeka Dissanayake Год назад

    I'm so glad I found this video. She's very inspirational. She says it all.. Specially about having to listen to people dropping hints to you from morning to night about your hair and accent from the people who have the power to decide to hire fire promote or demote.. There's so much discrimination towards foreign national workers in USA. The truth is the best and the brightest fly from overseas to do something better in the world.

  • Nana Odom
    Nana Odom Год назад


  • heaty007
    heaty007 Год назад

    I want an african woman like this

  • Nakintu ProxyDivine
    Nakintu ProxyDivine Год назад


  • ruser0084
    ruser0084 Год назад

    You were probably better at singing pirate and narrator than some actor were in their award winning roles.

  • Emory AA Program
    Emory AA Program Год назад

    what is the name of the spinal surgeon?

  • Elite Diva
    Elite Diva Год назад

    She just woke me up inside... Just realized that I was carrying inside from my childhood. All this time, I’ve been internalizing what others thought of me. I will never forget not getting a lead part in the “Santa Baby” play. I got all the praises from my classmates but was shut down by my teacher. According to her, I didn’t look the part. In other words, I needed to bleach my skin, dye my hair blonde and change my eye color to blue.

  • Ла Би Да Ла Би Да
    Ла Би Да Ла Би Да Год назад

    Absolutely interesting and catching speech! !!! You are so sweet and beautiful.

  • Prosper Tornyi
    Prosper Tornyi Год назад


  • Aleyah Malone
    Aleyah Malone Год назад

    I have to say I relate so so so so so much. Except I'm the one stopping myself, fearing the odds...fearing everything around me. Yet falling in love with theater the more I see it

  • Enoch Haba
    Enoch Haba Год назад

    Her massage brought me a change thanks

  • undaunted
    undaunted Год назад

    I could listen to Maame Yaa Boafo talk all day. And yes, as the saying goes, she's "easy on the eyes", but even more than that--she is melodic on the ears. Truly radiant.
    Maybe it's been said already in the comments, but appearance-wise, with her beautiful facial structure, slim build, poised with a graceful strength, she'd make a great Lauryn Hill in a biopic that is brought to life by the RIGHT hands AND hearts.

  • Asumana Marafa
    Asumana Marafa Год назад +1

    Absolutely love your confidence and passion for what you do! You did amazing! OMG!

  • Paul Brown
    Paul Brown Год назад

    So inspiring....bravo!

  • elton sigauque
    elton sigauque Год назад

    Thanks a lot Dear for sharing these importante advices to us... People need to know it. God Bless Your at all

  • acajudi100
    acajudi100 Год назад +1


  • A D
    A D Год назад

    such a beautiful Queen with brilliance.
    original speaker like her self knows the struggle and loves being open and honest.She knows her roots and speaks about today! listen with you ears not with your eyes.Focus on the message.

  • Rianza Onuora
    Rianza Onuora Год назад

    Why do I always end up ignoring the video and reading the comment section? Ps: you guys are amazing lol

  • Lertoons
    Lertoons Год назад

    inspiring story. she looks lovely

  • what I see through black eyes
    what I see through black eyes Год назад

    Great advice I love her

  • Christina Aquino
    Christina Aquino Год назад

    i want do antibullyin puppet shows.

  • Christina Aquino
    Christina Aquino Год назад

    no height or skin race doesnt require creative performance.

  • Christina Aquino
    Christina Aquino Год назад

    god put dreams in my heart

  • Christina Aquino
    Christina Aquino Год назад

    my dream to do biblical plays.

  • Christina Aquino
    Christina Aquino Год назад

    thankyou.i want u use u if i do biblical plays want use u.

  • Zahrah
    Zahrah Год назад

    You're beautiful sis! Thanks for sharing your story. :)

  • Sct. Victoria Okorie
    Sct. Victoria Okorie Год назад

    Awesome one. You rock dear.

  • Natalie Ouma
    Natalie Ouma Год назад

    I am currently searching for a work visa in the US and this video has lifted my spirit 🙀😍

  • Walter Earl
    Walter Earl Год назад +1

    Beautiful and so amazing

  • Sunshine Soulsister
    Sunshine Soulsister Год назад +1

    Awesome and inspiring

  • chloweful
    chloweful Год назад

    Everyone thinks acting is a "hobby" you're certainly not the only one and that has nothing to do with racism.
    And if you don't have a certain "look" for a movie that is the reality and it sucks yes for whites too.
    However I do agree we need more black roles.

  • Eddie Boy
    Eddie Boy Год назад

    look at all those beautiful sisters at 1:16

  • Jaelyn A
    Jaelyn A Год назад

    I loved the Babysitter Club's books tooooooooo!

  • Anthony Trueman
    Anthony Trueman Год назад +1

    She's so natural and original

  • nawal10
    nawal10 Год назад +16

    Omggg when she said Rutgers I had to comment! I'm a Rutgers graduate myself Rutgers is awesome! Also she's so beautiful and talented 😍

  • Sparkle Particle
    Sparkle Particle Год назад +1

    She is really pretty.

  • Esther Bliss
    Esther Bliss Год назад +1

    Wow... Amazing.

  • Rous Rose
    Rous Rose Год назад +1


  • Samantha HappyGoLucky
    Samantha HappyGoLucky Год назад +3

    I adore her outfit! Especially her colorful top! :-)

  • Akilah LeAndre
    Akilah LeAndre Год назад

    Such an inspiration! Thank You for sharing. I needed to hear this at this time!

  • Anaya B
    Anaya B Год назад +1

    So good I can feel her emotion through her challenges

  • Nala O
    Nala O Год назад

    Breathtakingly Beautiful, her looks, her nature..........I wish you all the best in your career and in life. I look forward to seeing you in film. Continue to be modest and true to yourself.

  • RN Keels
    RN Keels Год назад

    Thank you for such a wonderful message. I know we will see more of you!

  • beautarie
    beautarie Год назад

    omg its you from ""An African city"!!!!!!!!

  • Estela Moafon
    Estela Moafon Год назад

    you story is really encouraging

  • Penguin Pop
    Penguin Pop Год назад

    The way her voice shifted when she talked about her parents, you could tell how much respect, love, and admiration she had for them.

  • Ishieka Morris
    Ishieka Morris Год назад

    Didn't they get rid of hopstop? I loved hopstop.

    WORLD-BEAT BOOKS! Год назад

    Tell it! Beautiful! ANANSEsem kyiri kasa! (Storytelling does not like idle talk!) Enjoyable, Maame Yaa!

  • Jen Essah
    Jen Essah Год назад

    yaas girl froma fellow ghana girl represent!!!

  • Bantu Nature
    Bantu Nature Год назад +2

    She's so gorgeous. I love African accents. They are the most beautiful of all people.

    • Charles Quriah
      Charles Quriah Год назад

      Bantu Nature what African accent???
      That's American girl

  • h a
    h a Год назад +3


  • Jacob Ayileoh
    Jacob Ayileoh Год назад +1

    Her message has transformed my inner world. I love it more more

  • Bnote7
    Bnote7 Год назад +1

    She is very beautiful and inspirational.

  • Ishag Mattr
    Ishag Mattr Год назад +1

    just amazing

  • Mil Njira
    Mil Njira Год назад

    That's so beautiful Maame, such an inspiration to all the African girls out there. All that discrimination happened for you to be the leader you are! Adorable in and out!

    BESTSTUDYBUDDY o Год назад

    Update ???

  • K. Fatimah Woolfolk
    K. Fatimah Woolfolk Год назад

    Brilliant! When it is indeed your destiny & purpose!

  • Maggie Wacheke
    Maggie Wacheke Год назад

    I'm a music major, I know the struggle! When my fellow Africans here that they don't know what to say 😂😂

  • Ehlie Luna
    Ehlie Luna Год назад


  • Natasha Daniel
    Natasha Daniel Год назад

    I truly enjoy this video, Very informative and an amazing young lady.

  • Semon Lee
    Semon Lee Год назад +1

    Amazing job...

  • LivinArt
    LivinArt Год назад

    I wasn't the only went along facing same situations in my life then .