Those who have seen the premier of “Bird” have already commended Amaka Okafor for her excellent performance. It is a big responsibility for any actor to hold the attention of the audience for the entire duration of a single cast production. Well it was sheer brilliance as Amaka conveyed an important message to her mixed audience. She explained that she was elated to find out she was selected for the role following the audition. It is a remarkable achievement for this talented actress and she cites this production as her first ever one woman show. The piece written by Laura Lomas, tell the story of Leah Bird.
Amaka’s journey in the acting world had a fabulous start as the daughter of a popular songwriter, singer and actor. She was kept motivated by her strong family network to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress and singer. Her father has been one of the few people in her life who has helped to pave her path to stardom. His passion and enthusiasm for the creative arts ignited a similar passion in her. Luckily for Amaka, she got on-the-job training even before she seriously considered pursuing an acting career. She speaks fondly of the many road trips with her father as he performed in several parts of the United Kingdom.
Amaka has performed in many radio plays carried on the BBC. She recently played the lead role in the Tom Stoppard radio play also starring Bill Nighy and Rufus Sewell in supporting roles. Amaka aspires to work with Kate Winslet one day and explained that Winslet has natural acting talent and she is intrigued by Winslet’s versatility and skills. Amaka’s long term goal in the performing arts industry is to broaden the perspectives of filmmakers and directors who hold a stereotypical understanding of the mixed race category of actors. Possessing both Indian and Nigerian roots has often confused the many directors she has worked with since they find it difficult to place her in the mixed race group of actors for huge productions. Amaka Okafor’s continued development as a performer will eventually shed light on her rich heritage.