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Biography

Ghanaian-American actor, writer, and producer, Nathaniel Kweku, has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration & Cinematic Arts from USC and a Master's in African Studies from UCLA. He started acting at the age of 16 and went on to compete and place in the International Modeling Talent Association competition in NY of 2007, which allowed him to gain theatrical representation. Growing up, Nathaniel was very active in Black Student Union, African Student Union, and even held office as the first black Associate Student Body President of his high school and the President of the United Black Student Unions of California. He grew up going to Ghana every few years and even studied at the University of Ghana, conducting research on the Ghanaian film industry, prior to working in the digital and editorial departments at a US-based cable network, focused on the Travel, Lifestyle, & Culture of Africa and the African Diaspora.

While an undergrad at USC Nathaniel simultaneously studied acting, improvisation, voice-over. He has done numerous voice-overs, commercials, as well as appeared on TV shows including Fox's "Rosewood," TV Land's "Lopez," and CBS's "SWAT." He starred opposite veteran Ghanaian actor, John Dumelo, in "Before the Vows," a rom-com from An African City-creator, Nicole Amarteifio, shot on location, in Ghana.

As a creator, Nathaniel wrote, executive produced, directed, and starred in "Growing Up Immigrant," a cultural comedy web series (available on YouTube) about a first-generation Ghanaian American millennial adjusting to living with his more "traditional" aunt, while navigating tokenism in his career and interracial dating. The series was a 2019 Comedy Central Laughter Lab finalist and made its premiere at the Pan-African Film Festival. Nathaniel also has other projects in development and currently serves as an Executive Board Member of the African Artists Association.

Nathaniel obtained his Master's in African Studies from UCLA with a concentration in film/television and media representation. He conducted an 8-month research study on "Afrofuturism," consisting of a comprehensive quantitative data analysis of black speculative projects in development, along with a series of 20 interviews with Hollywood stakeholders.

Through his experiences, Nathaniel has recognized the strong cultural misunderstandings between Africans and African-Americans. As a first-gen, he understands the dynamics of both sides and is passionate about helping to spread cultural healing. Inspired by legendary African leaders and activists such as Kwame Nkrumah, Fela Kuti, Jomo Kenyatta, and Steven Biko, Nathaniel believes that more holistic African stories are needed to heal the wounds of colonialism and slavery and he is committed to doing just that.

Nathaniel speaks intermediate Spanish, Twi, and Yoruba.

Has studied acting at Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop, with John Kirby, and the Identity School of Acting.