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Nana Mensah

Nana Mensah is an American actress, director, and writer. Nana Mensah is best known for her roles in 13 Reasons Why, New Amsterdam, An African City, Bonding, and The Chair.

Early Life

Nana was born on August 26, 1988, as Nana Afiah Mensah. Her birth place is New Haven, Connecticut, US and she was raised in the Farmington Valley region. She is 35 years old.

Her parents immigrated from Ghana in the year 1970. Furthermore, her father is a chemical engineer but her mother’s information is unknown. She has one brother but his name is not known.

Education

In addition, the actress attended a private boarding school, the Loomis Chaffee School. She completed her degree in Bachelor of Arts degree in French and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

However, her parents wanted her to join law school. After working in the legal field, she migrated to New York City to become an actress in the year 2009.

Career

Mensah played Leslie in The Film You Did Not See for the first time in 2009. Then, she spent the next few years landing roles in short films such as the 2012 comedy Alternate Sides, the 2010 comedy Behold the Swelling Scene, and the 2013 biographical drama Daadi.

Later, the actress played Sade, a Nigerian-Ghanaian expat in An African City in 2014. Nicole Amarteifio created the web series which was dubbed “Africa’s Answer to Sex and the City”. There, she reprised the role for season two. Moreover, she has starred in various off-Broadway roles which include Nollywood Dreams, reprising the role of Dede after the production shut down due to COVID-19.

Her other credits include Mother Courage, The Bacchae, and Her Children, Inked Baby, and A Question of Impeachment. Then in 2016, she starred as Clare in the Obie Award-winning play, I’ll Never Love Again. Furthermore, she played the role of Tamyra in Man from Nebraska, for which she earned an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in 2017.

The actress co-starred in Farewell Amor as Linda, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition in 2020. In 2021, she premiered a film about a Ghanaian-American academic, Queen of Glory, who inherits a Christian bookstore after the passing of her mother.

In addition, Nana wrote, directed, and starred in the film which was completed in 30 days. But, it took over seven years total to complete. Then, she cited Kevin Smith’s Clerks, Zhang Yimou’s Raise the Red Lantern, Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood For Love, films by the Duplass Brothers, and Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture as influences.

Nana Mensah

Caption: Nana Mensah in Bonding series. Source: Instagram.

More about career

She stated that frustration with limited and stereotypical roles led her to create the film as an artistic outlet. Her film was funded through Kickstarter campaigns, investors, and her own savings. Additionally, Queen of Glory premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival U.S. Narrative Competition where she won Best New Narrative Director and Special Jury Prize for Artistic Expression.

Then, the film was acquired by Film Movement with plans for a theatrical and video-on-demand release in February 2022.  Also, the film was nominated for Best First Feature at the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards. However, it won many film festival prizes, including two awards from the Champs-Élysées Film Festival and the inaugural California Film Institute’s Mind the Gap Creation Prize.

In 2021, The Chair premiered on Netflix, in which the actress portrays a popular English professor, Yasmin “Yaz” McKay. Moreover, she was a staff writer on Amazon’s The Power, Random Acts of Flyness, and the second season of the Netflix series Bonding.

However, Mensah sold an hour-long drama pilot known as Imperium to AMC. Then, in 2023, The Diplomat premiered on Netflix, in which she portrays the role of Billie Appiah, the Chief of Staff to the President of the United States.

Brand Endorsements

As per various, it is found that Nana has not endorsed any products of various brands till now. However, the actress has mentioned some brand pages on her Instagram account and they are @billieegene, @zadrianandsarah, @maisonrabihkayrouz, @jenniferchamandi, @kallatijewelry, etc.

Relationship Status

Mensah is most probably single as she has not disclosed any relationship currently. Thus, she keeps her private life away from public reach. The actress has not provided any information regarding her past affairs and relationships till now.

Nana Mensah – Body Measurements

Talking about Mensah’s body features, her height is 5 feet 5 inches and her weight is 56 kilograms. The actress has thick curly black hair and a pair of dark brown eyes. Moreover, her body stats are 33-25-34 and she wears a dress size of 6 US.

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Caption: Nana Mensah posing for the photo. Source: Instagram.

Social Media

Nana is available on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook. She has more than 4k followers on her Facebook account. Moreover, her verified Instagram account with the username @itsnanamensah has altogether 20k followers.

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Caption: Nana Mensah flaunting her hair. Source: Instagram.

Net Worth 2023

The actress is popular and has quite good earnings from her professional career as an actress, writer, and director. As of now, she has an estimated net worth of around $500k approximately. However, Mensah has not disclosed about her salary and other earnings.