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ABOUT RICHARD KWEKU ASANTE (KALYBOS)

BIOGRAPHY

The sensational comic icon in the entertainment scene ‘Kalybos’ is the character name of RICHARD ASANTE, a film maker and an entrepreneur. He is the CEO of BOS Production Ghana. He made his acting debut in a comedy video series “Boys Kasa” in 2012.

DATE and PLACE OF BIRTH

He was born in the Garden City, Kumasi Ayigya on April 27, 1988 to Mr. Peter Owusu Mensah and Madam Felicia Owusu.

EDUCATION

Richard Asante attended nursery and primary at De-Youngsters International School and St. Anthony's Preparatory School respectively in Accra. He had his secondary education at Suhum Secondary-Technical School (SUTESCO) where he studied Building Construction. He graduated from NAFTI with a (BFA) degree in Cinematography and won the Best Cinematography Award in his year group at NAFTI in 2016.

ACTING CAREER

Richard Asante became an instant hit on the screens due to his background in the creative arts industry and naturally being gifted. Richard has always been passionate and fascinated about the creative arts industry and cinematography.

In 2010, he joined Shirley Frimpong Manso’s Sparrow Production as an assistant Camera operator with his role model, Mr. John Passah who was then the Director of Photography. He was motivated by his stint with Sparrow Production to develop his inherent passion.

In 2012, he gained admission to NAFTI to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree in Cinematography. His admission to NAFTI marks the turning point of his career. In his first year at NAFTI, the tales of BOYS KASA (The Adventures of Kalybos) which is a short comedy video series which also starred another sensational actress Priscilla Opoku Agyeman also known as Ahuofe Patri which was directed by Kofi Asamoah began and shot the team to fame on both internet and television.

The three and a couple of other students together started filming short stories which were entered into film festivals and won both local and international awards.

In Level 200 at NAFTI, Kofi Asamoah came up with the concept of making short funny videos with the intention of sharing it through the social media on the theme 'Boys Kasa' which the director had an actor in mind to be the main actor and unfortunately didn’t turn up on their first day of shoot. The challenge was thrown to Richard Asante (Kalybos) to act instead of his usual role of operating the camera. With his humorous nature, he jumped on the opportunity and that day became the turning point.

He lived the character and finally became the comic actor Kalybos the only Bos with 1 S. The crew knew his capabilities but for this performance he was out of the hook. Responses were great and this edge them on, filming more episodes of `Boys Kasa’ and at the moment they have about 2 seasons out on social media and television.

The excitement goes on with new and funnier episodes of the comedy video skits now `THE ADVENTURES OF KALYBOS’ which stars various known celebrities in the videos which are all on social media and television.

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Gradually from one episode to another, Kalybos became a household name and made his way into the film industry with his major breakthrough first movie `KALYBOS IN CHINA’ (2015) which broke all records of premiers ever held in Ghana and made an historical mark of the most attended movie premier in Ghana and also continued consecutively year after year with other movies like Amakye & Dede (2016), John and John (2017), Asylum is Down (2018) etc.

LIMELIGHT

Firmly endearing himself as a fine actor, in 2014 Airtel Ghana, one of the biggest telecommunications network signed on Kalybos as one of its brand ambassadors and had his contract renew for the second time because of the remarkable turnout with advertisement which boosted for more subscribers to join Airtel Ghana.

Different companies began to tap into the brand name KALYBOS with various endorsement deals. Companies such as SPECIAL DRINK COMPANY LTD, GHANDOUR COSMETICS LTD, LAKESIDE ESTATE, MAN-UP ADVANCE FORMULA, EXETER CORNED BEEF, KRIS MILK DRINK, THE BREAD (DANDY HSA COMPANY LTD), DROPYN GHANA, JAGHAFEST.

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
  • 1. 2014 Winner of Ghana Movie Awards for DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR
  • 2. 2014 Nominee for Ghana Tertiary Awards in Best Actor and Student of the year
  • 3. 2015 Nominee for Ghana Movie Awards in Favorite Actor
  • 4. 2015 Nominee for Ghana Tertiary Awards in Best Actor and Student of the year
  • 5. 2015 Nominee for Africa Youth Choice Awards in Best New Act
  • 6. 2016 Winner of Golden Movie Awards for Golden Actor in Comedy
  • 7. 2016 Nominee for Exclusive Men’s Award
  • 8. 2016 Winner in 23rd NAFTI Film Festival Awards for Best Cinematography
  • 9. 2017 Winner of Black British Entertainment Awards in Best International Award
  • 10. 2017 Winner of Ghana Nigeria Achievers Awards in Comedy
  • 11. 2017 Nominee for Ghana Entertainment Awards USA for Lead Actor in Film
  • 12. 2017 Nominee for Golden Movie Awards in Supporting Actor in Comedy
  • 13. 2018 Nominee in Ghana Movie Awards for Lead Actor
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FILMOGRAPHY

RICHARD ASANTE (KALYBOS) has acted in several films, including

• KALYBOS IN CHINA
• AMEKYE & DEDE
• JOHN AND JOHN
• ASYLUM IS DOWN
• LOVE LANGUAGE
• MAAME HWE
• 3 BROKE GUYS
• KOBOLOR
• CHOCOLATE CITY
• THE DIVA AND A STRANGER
• THE NEW ADABRAKA
• 3 IDIOTS & A WISE MAN
• OKOMFO ANOKYE POMA
• GHANIAJA
• THE 2 PILOTS
• GHETTO HEROS