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KOKOnista Of The Day: Lydia Forson Is Ghana’a Leading Screen Star

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Lydia Forson is a Ghanaian actress and one of the country’s most respected screen star.

Lydia Forson was born in Mankessim, Ghana. She received her early education at Wilmore Elementary School in Kentucky.

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At the age of nine, her family moved to Ghana, where she continued her education at Akosombo International School. She also attended St. Louis Secondary School, Kumasi, where she completed her secondary school education.

Forson graduated from the University of Ghana, earning a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Information Studies.


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 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, Forson starred in the award-winning The Perfect Picture. She has starred in A Sting in a Tale, Phone Swap, Masquerades, Keteke, and Sidechic Gang.
In 2010 she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

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