Lydia Forson is a Ghanaian Actress, Writer, Producer, Activist and Feminist known for being vocal in issues relating to women, politics and society as a whole and in this article, we’ll look at how she shot to fame, the movies she’s acted, awards she’s been nominated for and won and other interesting things about her. She is one of the famous actresses in Ghana with an Instagram following of 2.5 million and this should tell you how popular she is in Ghana. She is one of the Ghanaian actresses who doesn’t let things slide as she mostly replies to trolls and hateful comments under her posts on social media.
Now, let’s look at her early life and how she started. Lydia Forson was born on October 24, 1984, in Mankessim, Ghana, where she had her early education at Wilmore Elementary School in Kentucky. She and her family moved to Ghana at the age of nine (9) where she continued her education at Akosombo International School and also attended St. Louis Secondary School in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. After successful completion of her secondary education at St. Louis Secondary School, she proceeded to the University of Ghana where she bagged a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Information Studies.
On Lydia Forson’s acting career path, she started acting 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). Lydia Forson’s breakthrough happened when she played a lead role in the movie “Scorned” by Filmmaker, Shirley Frimpong-Manso in 2008. Her role in the Scorned movie got her her first African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) nomination as the “Best Upcoming Female Actress” and that was when she started getting big movie roles both in Ghana and Nigeria.
Another big role Lydia Forson got was in the movie “The Perfect Picture” by Shirley Frimpong-Manso in 2009 and continued from there and starred in the movies “A Sting in a Tale”, “Phone Swap”, “Masquerades”, “Keteke”, “Sidechic Gang” and others. Undoubtedly, Lydia Forson is one of the best actresses Ghana has ever had.
Here’s a list of movies Lydia Forson has starred in:
Hotel St. James (2005) – Cameo roles, Run Baby Run (2006) – Supporting role, Different Shades of Blue (2007), Scorned (2008) – Lead role, The Perfect Picture (2009) – Supporting role, A Sting in a Tale (2009) – Lead role, Masquerades (2011), Phone Swap (2012), Kamara’s Tree (2013), Scandal (2013) (South African series) – Aku, A Letter From Adam (2014) – Writer/Producer, Isoken (2017), Keteke (2017) – Leading role, Sidechic Gang (2018).
Lydia Forson in her acting career has been nominated for several awards both in Africa and beyond and the latest nomination she got was from the People’s Choice Awards but unfortunately, she couldn’t win it.
Below are some of the awards Lydia Forson has been nominated for:
2009 – African Movie Academy Award, 2010 – African Movie Academy Award Best Actress in a lead role, 2012 – Ghana Movie Awards Best Screenplay In The Cupboard, 2015, Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards Best Comedic Act, 2015 – Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards Best Actress in a Comedy, 2015 – Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice, Awards Best Writer (Comedy), 2015 – Nigeria Entertainment Awards Actress of the Year (Africa), 2017 – African Movie Academy Award Best Actress in a lead role, 2018 – Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards Best Supporting Actress, 2020 – People’s Choice Awards.
On the E! People’s Choice Awards in the Africa Social Star category, Lydia Forson lost to Kenyan fast-rising Comedienne Elsa Majimbo. Elsa Majimbo celebrating the big win took to Twitter and posted a video of herself saying;
“I WON THE E! PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD!!!!! I LITERALLY COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT ALL YOUR AMAZING SUPPORT!!! A big thank you to @eentertainment for recognizing game”.
Away from E! People’s Choice Awards, Lydia Forson recently came out to lament how some workers at a construction site mocked her for being unmarried at age 36 and then advised her to hurry and get married since she isn’t growing any younger. She posted audio on Twitter and said; “Yesterday I was standing with my assistant( male) in front of a construction site and the men started screaming “y3 na ware” at me. Listen to the rest…” She expressed disappointments in these construction workers for mocking her to make it look like she has failed in life just because she is not married with kids.
On romantic relationships, Lydia Forson was rumoured to be dating Nigerian actor and politician, Desmond Elliot but as expected, she came out and shot down the rumours. For Desmond Elliot, he never said a word about the dating rumours with Lydia Forson.
Lydia Forson recently went haywire after she was discussed on Peace FM Entertainment Review Show over her video calling out men who aren’t bold enough to approach her in public but rather send their bodyguards and drivers to send their cards to her. According to her in the video, it’s disrespectful for a man to send his driver or anyone to approach a woman on his behalf instead of being bold and approaching the woman by himself in public. She added that she is the type of woman who does not accept phone numbers or gives her phone number to bodyguards and drivers to be giving to their bosses.
Well, Entertainment Pundits on Peace FM disagreed with her and said there is nothing wrong with men sending women they admire their cards through other people and that Lydia Forson was wrong for lashing out men in that category in her viral video. The discussion on Peace FM did not go down well with Lydia Forson which pushed her to call out those Pundits in a series of tweets.
Lydia Forson revealed that the host of the Peace FM Entertainment Review had come into her DM and expressed interest in her but she turned him down and that’s why he brought up her issue and discussed it on live radio. People were expecting her to name the host but unfortunately, she did not which pushed people to slam and drag her on Twitter. People claimed she lied about the Radio Presenter coming into her DM to express interest in her.
Lydia Forson has featured in Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s latest drama series titled “Dede” where she played the role of a maid in the home of a rich family. “Dede” features stars such as Joselyn Dumas, Adjetey Anang, Gloria Sarfo and others. It’s shown on DSTV’s new Akwaaba channel 150.