Profession: Actress, writer, director,
producer and activist.
Education: University of Ghana: Studied
Award winning Actress, Lydia Forson has been acting on screen for nearly ten (10)years, dating back to cameo roles in Hotel St.James, Different Shades of Blue a stint in the reality show (The Next Movie Star) , extending to her
highly popular role as Dea Thompson in Scorned. This led to her first AMAA nomination as the Best Female Upcoming Actress and Ghana Night with the stars, Best Actress 2009.
The Perfect Picture.
‘The Perfect Picture’ which critics called a masterpiece proved her versatility as an actress, validating her place in the Ghana movie industry and winning Â her Best Actress in a Lead Role at the 2010 African Movie Academy Awards.
Lydia has worked with some of the most critically acclaimed African movie directors and producers in Award winning movies like:
• Phone Swap – Kunle Afolayan
• In the Cupboard -Desmond Elliot
• Reflections – Desmond Elliot
• Masquerades – Xavier Arjis, which she co-wrote.
Lydia was flown into South Africa to star in the award winning Soap opera called, Scandal.
Lydia the writer
Lydia doubles as a scriptwriter; and has worked as script supervisor and editor on most movies she’s featured in.
Her first screenplay ‘In The Cupboard’ won her, ” Best Writing, Adapted or Original Screenplay” at the Ghana Movie Awards 2012
A Letter From Adam
She most recently wrote and produced her first movie “A Letter From Adam”
This film was nominated for three Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards including Best Writer in A Comedy, and won two awards including Best Actress Â at the Golden Movie Awards. It was also selected to be screened
at the 23rd Pan African Film Festival, which is held in Los
Lydia the ambassador
Lydia is currently the ambassador for the African Movie Academy Awards http://www.myjoyonline.com entertainment/2013/ december-19th/lydia-forson-named-brand-ambassador-for-amaa-awards.php
Lydia strongly believes in the concept of “paying it forward”, and has been part of several charities and movements. Most recently she’s joined forces with “The Right to be Free Foundation” to help stop human trafficking especially in Ghana and specifically in her home town. She’s also very vocal through her writings on her active website http://lydiaforson.com/ in addressing and tackling social and political issues.
In 2015, Lydia was voted Female Personality of the Year at the 2015 Fashion Icon Awards and has been named as one of the most influential people in Ghana at the Ghana Most Influential Awards 2016.
Hype Magazine Zambia asked Lydia a few questions concerning this year International Women’s Day
•As a feminist who continues to fight for equal rights for women particularly in Africa and empowering them; Have you ever been in a situation that made you think that ‘women’ and ‘power’ are two incompatible concepts?
Every day. As a black woman we have to always prove our worth if not to white people its to our own family and friends.
•What does the idea of power mean to you?
Walking in my truth, exercising all of my talents and strengths and being acknowledged for
•Do you consider yourself to be a powerful woman?
Absolutely every woman is powerful.
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