The manager of Strika, Mawuko Kuadzi, has dismissed reports that the “Beast of No Nation” actor has turned to begging on the streets because he’s not being treated well.
According to him, Strika, real name Emmanuel Nii Adom Quaye, has been enrolled in a Montessori school in Cape Coast but he has refused to stay in school.
“He is not a beggar. He is currently a pupil of Cape Coast Montessori School and in Class 5. After the Beast of No Nation audition, we realized that he was not fluent in English and was not going to school, so we decided to take him to school,” Mawuko who is also the manager of Abraham Atta told citinewsroom.com in an interview.
A Facebook post by one Caleb Nii Boye suggested that the young chap had resorted to begging on the streets of Accra because he had been abandoned.
According to Caleb, Strika said he was selling yam at Agbogbloshie Market and lived with his grandmother at North Kaneshie.
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He revealed that after shooting the movie he was supposed to have been paid $30, 000, but he did not get the money from the movie producers.
He said he was also supposed to have had 1% of the revenue accrued from the sale of the movie.
“I did not even see the money. They said the money was at the bank,” he added.
Strika noted that he had been told by a gentleman called Kofi Robert that he would be given the money if he attains the age of eighteen (18).
Even though he is 18 now, he says attempts to get the money have not been successful.
However, Mawuko said the money is safe but the management are in doubt of his ability to manage the money.
The artiste manager also said it was not true that Striker earned GH¢10,000 for his role in Jungo Justice. He explained that the amount was rather Gh¢1,000 – some of which was used to clothe him for a programme.
Citinewsroom.com investigations also prove that allegations that Abraham Attah pays little attention to Striker is false.
According the source, whenever Abraham is in Ghana, he usually visits Striker and another young actor who is also in the school at Cape Coast.
Apart from Jungo Justice, there are two other yet-to-be-released movies which Strika has starred in.
Even though Striker wishes to drop out of school and get into apprenticeship, the managers believe he still needs to get some classroom education.
Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 American war drama film written, co-produced and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who acted as his own cinematographer, about a young boy who becomes a child soldier as his country goes through a horrific war.
Shot in Ghana and starring Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese, Grace Nortey, David Dontoh, and Opeyemi Fagbohungbe, the film is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala ― the book itself being named after a Fela Kuti album.