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Lydia Forson: My African Dustler: A Diva Who Hustles

6 Nov


In my previous blogs I have mentioned that I conducted the casting for Tinsel Ghana and Kenya. During the Ghanaian sessions I had the fortunate experience of meeting the acclaimed actress, Lydia Forson. Like kindred spirits we hit it off immediately. A few years later she came to South Africa as she was cast in the South Africa soap opera: Scandal. Back then many South Africans were not aware of the Pan African entertainment industry and therefore were not aware of the acclaimed artisans that emerge from across Africa, for us it was a great move and achievement. We continually crossed paths on our different interactions across the continent. Lydia is a go-getter, loves life and believes in standing up for justice, when the situation arises, I suppose that is why we are so alike. That is why she is my ultimate: DUSTLER!! A DUSTLER is a diva who hustles. A term I learnt from another Ghanaian DUSTLER, Anita Erskine.
I should also add that both Lydia and I are a little cray cray and have the capability of screeching very loud when seeing each other. In 2012 at the Ama-awards – African Movie Academy Awards , which took place in Lagos Nigeria, I was in the reception area, waiting for something when I heard a voice that I recognised, I turned around and it was Lydia. Normal people would have just greeted but the two of us were so crazy and happy that we both screeched at the sight of each other. One of life’s beautiful moments, that I will never forget.

The rest of that weekend we were thick as thieves. I was rather irritated when we were on the red carpet and a certain African TV presenter started to interview her and in the middle of the interview, the presenter said ‘ stop sorry I need to interview the Holywood guy.’ The ‘Hollywood guy’ was Issaih Washington, the Greys anatomy actor who was fired fin 2007. I was furious and let the presenter, (who I had actually trained when she started her career in 2010) and her producer know that we should celebrate our international stars in the same light as our African ones. The rest of the weekend was full of laughs and plotting our next moves across Africa. We remained in contact and of course she joined the WAKA family.
In 2016 while I was living in Uganda, she was visiting and of course we met and had an absolute blast. I secured an interview for her with our other Waka star Brian Mulondo on one of my shows that I headed at the time.
Lydia and myself at the AMA-Awrds 2012.

Lydia and myself hanging out in Uganda and Lydia with the WAKA star Brian Mulondo.

For those of you, who do not know who she is, this is Lydia Forson:

She is an award-winning Ghanaian actress, writer, and producer. In 2010 she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Lydia Forson’s acting career started with a cameo role in Hotel St. James (2005), Run Baby Run (2006), Different Shades of Blue (2007) and a stint in the reality show The Next Movie Star in Nigeria (2007).
Shirley Frimpong Manso, CEO of Sparrow Productions, who had previously worked with her in the Ghanaian television series Different Shades of Blue brought Lydia Forson back to the screens through the movie Scorned. This starring role led to her first African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) nomination as the Best Upcoming Female Actress.
In 2009, Lydia Forson starred in the award-winning The Perfect Picture. She has starred in A Sting in a Tale, Phone Swap and Masquerades. Lydia’s passion for her work is demonstrated in the extent to which she lives out characters in her movies.

Her Filmography includes:
• Hotel St. James (2005) – Cameo Roles
• Run Baby Run Becky (2006) – supporting role[5]
• Different Shades of Blue (2007)
• The Next Movie Star Reality Show (2007) – Third Runner Up
• Scorned (2008) – Lead Role
• The Perfect Picture (2009) – Supporting Role
• A Sting in a Tale (2009) – lead role[6]
• Masquerades (2011)
• Phone Swap (2012)[7]
• Kamara’s Tree (2013)
• “Scandal” (2013) (South African Series) – Aku[8]
• A Letter From Adam (2014) Writer/Producer[9][10]

Her awards include:
2009 – African Movie Academy Award Nominee
2010 – African Movie Academy Award Best Actress in a lead role[11]
2012 – Ghana Movie Awards Best Screenplay ‘In The Cupboard’

Just over the past weekend she won the award for her performance in the Peter Sedufia directed film, Keteke, at AFRIFF. African International Film festival.

AFRIFF is week-long annual film festival that takes place in Nigeria Founded in 2010 by Chioma Ude, The event normally the festival features award shows and film training classes for industry players. This year’s edition, which took place from October 29 to November 4, was climaxed with the AFRIFF Globe Awards Globe Awards at the Eko Hotel & Suites.


Lydia also writes a thought provoking blog, that can be found via http://www.lydiaforson.com. In her blog she serves a fine tea of woman issues—and occasionally runs into politics, causing havoc with her honesty and opinions. One of my favourite pieces included the following one, posted on October 9.


Her blog writes:
So guess who took over the runway at this years Glitz Fashion Week!!
You guessed right. Meeeeeeee!!!!
I still remember cat walking in my living room in  as a kid and telling everyone I was going to be a model.
Then the world stopped me before I could even dream any further,  by telling me I was too big to ever walk the runway.
Who’s laughing now?
There are no limitations to what you can  do with your life. if you put your mind to it and you’re determined, the world will have no choice but to accommodate you.
Big thank you to Latasha of http://www.aboutthatcurvylife.com for allowing me to do this and Abaya of Lagos for the amazing outfit. 

Lydia believes that the day we stop dreaming we end our existence, and that only dreams give us a hope and something to live for.