King Ampaw is an award-winning Ghanaian filmmaker and actor born in Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
He is known for starring as the second lead role with the late Hollywood actor, Klaus Kinski in Werner Herzog’s sensational film Cobra Verde (1987) which he also co-produced.
He also co-produced the film African Timber (1989) directed by Peter F. Bringmann. He is married with two sons.
Born on the 25th July 1940 King Ampaw was the first Filmmaker to be given an Honorary Award at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in Nigeria. At the 2012 NAFTI Film Lectures, he was honoured for his immense contribution to the film industry and cross-cultural collaborations between Ghana and Germany.
He also received another Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 at the Accra International Film Festival. He is a founding member of FEPACI (African Filmmakers’ Union), FESPACO, the Ghana Academy of Film and Television Arts (GAFTA) and the Directors’ Guild of Ghana (DGG).
King Ampaw is currently working on a film titled The Son and Sun of Africa, which is about the life of the legendary Pan-Africanist, Kwame Nkrumah which will be his last film to complete his creative works.
He attended the Academy of Film in Postdam, Germany in 1965, the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna Austria in 1966, and the Academy of Television and Film at the Munich University, Munich Germany from 1967 to 1972, where he graduated as Film Director and Producer.
King formed his own production company, AFRO MOVIES LTD in 1983 and has been its director till date. From 1979 to 1983, he worked with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (G.B.C.) as a Senior Film Director. When he left G.B.C, he formed his own production company AFRO MOVIES LTD.
King has produced, directed and acted in a number of films. Nana Akoto/ Juju (1985)Kukurantumi – Road to Accra (1983) No Time to Die(2007) and Cobra Verde (1987) among others. His works are recognized internationally and have won him some awards; The Film Critics Award for Kukurantumi at Fespaco in Ouagadougou, Input Film Award for Juju in Czechoslovakia, Talifa Film Festival Award in Spain for No Time to Die and The First Filmmaker to win an Honorary Award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in Nigeria and other awards in Germany.