With Benjamin NJOKU
News from Ghana indicates that all is not well with the joint winners of this yearâ€™s AMAA Best Actress of the Year. ActressesÂ Lydia Forson, Na Ashorkor Mensah-Doku and Jackie Appiah who emerged joint winners are said to be locked up in a battle over who is the actual winner of the coveted award.
Jackie was said to have rushed to a section of the Ghanaian media, including state-owned print media, hours after the contingents had returned from Nigeria to grant interviews, implying that she single-handedly won the award. She was said to have repeated the claims on their local television.
Reacting to this claim, Lydia Forson and Na Ashorkor Mensah-Doku,Â co-winners,Â said they were not perturbed concerning what Jackie said in the country.
Speaking through their management headed by Habiba Nelson, the two actresses said, â€œWe are not bothered about everything that happenedâ€, adding that the truth can never be submerged by any man, and hoped the good within the entertainment fraternity would be the better judges over the sad development.â€
Habiba, sounding very modest over what people see as â€œJackieâ€™s gaffâ€™, said she would rather let sleeping dogs lie. To her, the most important thing is that AMAA had come out to clear the air.
â€œThe truth always speaks for itself. Three people won. My clients, Miss Forson and Miss Mensah Doku are happy and we are grateful to God for winning. Thatâ€™s all that matters to us,â€ she was quoted to have said by an online source.
Another source alleged that Jackieâ€™s action has incurred the wrath of local observers who described her action as not only selfish and individuality, but also misleading.
Following this development, AMAA representatives in Ghana is said to have come out to clear the air, through a prompt press statement.
At the historic AMAA awards night in Yenogoa, Bayelsa State, three weeks ago, three actresses were named as joint winners for their roles in Sparrow Productionâ€™s Perfect Picture.
Lydia Forson succumbed to emotions when Nollywood actress, Dakore, handed her the AMAA plaque and the microphone to speak as an evident that it was a joint award.