It is undeniable that many of our African (Ghana/Nigeria) actors and actresses suck at what they do—and yet none of them seem to have the courage to take up the challenge to improve themselves.
Instead of gearing their energy and resource toward self-betterment, many of our so called top actors and actresses (who cannot act to save their lives) rather invest all their time on staying on instagram, twitter—-and their money in long weaves, unnecessary trips abroad and the purchasing of fake designer wears.
Over the years, some of us through our writings and dealings with these people have not stopped stressing on the importance and the good that will come to their professional lives if they take some acting classes to improve themselves, but we are yet to see any of them do so.
Though much of the blame lies with these poor actors and actresses who are not looking for ways to improve their craft so to move the next stage with what they claim to love, I think we should apportion some of the blame to those who are misguiding them to feel they are excellent at what they do.
Why will someone seek to improve himself when the person is constantly told he is the best?
Each year, several African movie awards are organized in and out of Africa to give out plaques of excellence to some of these actors and actresses who need to be told the hard truth—-you are not good, so go and seek some help.
In fact, awarding mediocre actors and actresses day in and out does nothing apart from perpetuating mediocre.
Naturally, some of our actors and actresses have the raw talent but that is not enough to be awarded or bring in the real on-screen excellence. Everyone in this world has a raw talent in something. Moving your talent from its raw state to a professional state is what makes someone great at what he/she does—deserving of an award. Enough of the numerous Best Actor and Actresses Awards, it is time we tell these people to seek professional help.
We’ve all seen the unending buzz surrounding young Kenya actress- Lupita Nyong’o who decided to uplift her raw talent to a professional level by seeking training and guidance at an Ivy league institution-Yale.
It may be expensive for most of our actors and actresses to put themselves through similar training at an Ivy League school but considering how much they spend on fake hair, long nails, bleaching creams and trips abroad, they should be able to do this for themselves.
As noted earlier, until some of these award schemes stop rewarding poor performances, pushing the performers into a delusion that they are the best, we will never see a meaningful change.
It is time we throw some of the blame to the many Award organizers and even the film-makers who cannot tell these actors and actresses the hard truth—-but continue to employ their poor acting skills in order to torture the eyes of African movie lovers.