Belinda Naa Ode Oku is a Ghanaian actress popularly and media personality who is loved and cherished by Ghanaians for her hard work and contribution towards the entertainment industry, known in Showbiz as “Adwoa Smart”. She was born at Abossey Okai, a suburb of Accra in Ghana on October 5, 1970.
She was raised by her grandmother the late Cecilia Quaye, who doted on her with the support of her uncle Dan Oku and her mother. Adwoa remembers a happy childhood full of fun and love from her family and others from her community.
Because of her size which is unusual for her age (about 3 feet now) people loved to have her around them. In an interview with the press, she said; “I am sure many people were surprised by my looks and struck friendship with me out of curiosity.” But this was to cost her because she dropped out of school the first few months of her enrolment.
She added; “It was difficult to concentrate in school, at that tender age of six or seven can you imagine what I went through?” “The other children pulled and pushed me, jeered and poked fun at me and did all sorts of unpleasant things to make me very unhappy forcing me to drop out of school.”
The actress is 52 years old now and she is still looking beautiful and has her acting game on. Adjoa smart was mentored by Grace Omaboe popularly known as Maame Donkono in the entertainment industry, she made Adjoa Smart popular in the late 80’s after she starred in popular television series Obra which aired on GTV.
Adjoa Smart was a hawker on the street of Accra when she was introduced to Maame Dokono, and Grace Omaboe decided to help her, she was cast into series by the help of Maame Dokono.
Her excellent acting skills made her gain role in another popular series dubbed Obra. Adjoa Smart and Maame Dokono stayed over 20 years before they went their separate ways to venture into different fields of business aside the acting job. The two public figures are still close and have kept their mother and daughter relationship till date.
Adwoa has acted in numerous movies and drama episodes over several decades.
She was one of the biggest names on television in the 80s. This popular actress was desirable to watch any time she featured in a programme.
By: Michael Djan
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