The World Health Innovation Summit-Nigeria is delighted to welcome Eddie Samuel Watson Jnr, a Liberian-born Ghanaian Award winning actor to the WHIS community. “Eddie’s wealth of experience in education, health and wellbeing through different humanitarian channels to improve lives is a boost to WHIS programme globally”, stated Foluke Michael, WHIS Nigeria Lead and CEO.
Eddie was born in Liberia on May 22nd, 1980 and as a child was forced to live through the country’s nearly 15years of civil war (1989-2013). He did not allow the horrific traumatic experiences of war to deter him from pushing forward in life. He earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Liberia (class of 2005-06). In 2007, he moved to Ghana for a fresh start. In 2010, a few years after moving to Ghana, he began his journey as an actor. Eddie believes that Africa is going to be a significant part in shaping the future of the world and the youths of Africa are the hope that future. He’s passionate about the rights of the child and of the rights women.
He has engaged in many humanitarian efforts with orphanages and NGOs including New Life Orphanage Ghana, Good Shepherd Orphanage Ghana and USAID Ghana. His documentary film, “EBOLA”, was one of his humanitarian efforts after the Ebola outbreak hit West Africa in 2014. It was a very sad moment for the actor as his home land was one of the countries hit by the deadly virus.
The film was meant to educate people in areas affected by the disease. The film was totally financed by Eddie Watson himself and was distributed to most media houses in countries affected plus others in the region of publication and also on the internet without a single charge from the actor.
He launched the “We Need Help-Ebola Campaign the same year the film was shot with the Twitter hashtag #WeNeedHelpEbola. Later that year, the film went on to win Best Short Film at the Ghana Movie Awards (GMA). Other awards he received includes: Liberian Entertainment Awards (LEA) and African Entertainment Legend Awards (AELA).
He’s starred in over fifty (50) Nollywood movies and has also produced many movies. In 2018, Eddie directed and played a lead role in a sensitization campaign movie -TRAPPED to raise drug prevention awareness amongst youths and vulnerable adults.
He is married to his beautiful wife; Naomi Baaba Watson and the marriage is blessed with one child.