Enough of the Actors’ Criticism, Time To BS the Many African Movie Award Organizers

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Yvonne Nelson and John Dumelo


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.

Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, Founding Editor
Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri is the Founding Editor of GhanaCelebrities.Com , a Film Critic and a Human Rights Advocate; he holds 2 masters degrees in Law; International Human Rights Law (LL.M) and Legal Practice Course (LL.M) from University of Leicester and Nottingham Law School--and also a degree in Law (LL.B) from University of East London. He's a Professional Truth Sayer and he is the author of the popular eBook “Success is a Right, Not A Privilege.” He currently works at Adukus Solicitors in London--where he uses his legal brains to kick real ass, for the good of clients and humanity. Contact: [email protected]


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    1. You think it is only Jackie Appiah who needs to read this? All of them from Nadia Buari to Majid Michel must read it and not only read it, act as such

  1. so true Chris, there are to many mediocre 419 movie awards out there awarding actors and actresses just because of the popularity and the ones that can truly act are being ignored. SMH. I loathe the likes of golden icons movie awards etc infact all the awards shows out of Africa I feel is not legit. Then the ones in Africa giving one award to multiple people. Many of the new actors cannot act to save their lives damn.

  2. lol Jackie especially cause how is she going to get acting classes if she’s constantly being made to think that she’s the best actress in AFRICA. SMH. Majid did take acting classes. He started acting realized he needed to better his craft and took a break from acting came back and was better than ever.

  3. TRUE TALK! but i think we as the audience contribute to it by constantly voting for the as best actors. Nadia took a course outside to better herself which is a good start but am yet to see her movie if there has been any improvement. Apart from adjetey annan, roselyn ingissah, eddie nartey , no one does it for me.

  4. Exactly my sentiments. When I hear all these awards being given out the question I ask myself is; what are these people being rewarded for?

    Imagine Nadia Buari having won Ghana Movie Awards 2012 Best Actress when we all know she is not best in her acting, she is just normal and nothing spectacular deserving of an award. How then will such a person go and better herself? After all she is the best