Lydia Forson has said the main reason she is outspoken and bashes political leaders is just to see a radical change in the way things are done in this country to inure to the benefit of the ordinary Ghanaian.
The plus-sized actress who has featured in high-profile movies also used the opportunity to reveal that she is not paid to speak her mind. She said it’s her upbringing and the morals instiled in her by her parents that have shaped her perspective on how to personify truth.
“I think anybody who says I take money to speak my mind, it rather says more about them than it says about me because if I see an ill in society and someone speaks about it, my immediate response will not be to wonder how much the person got paid for that”, she told Graphic Showbiz in a recent interview.
“I didn’t wake up aspiring to be vocal because to say that means I do it for attention, I grew up in a very strong Christian home and values were very important so I expect that all of us, based on how we have been raised and the values to speak on what is wrong.
“To speak on things that we see that we believe need changing, if you see someone burning, you don’t need anybody to tell you to pick a bucket of water to help put out the fire so I think it is all about my upbringing. I think all of us were raised with the basic values in life—be good to people, be kind to people, help one another when you can, etc.’’, she stated.
Lydia continued by saying, “Unless my values change, point is I don’t like it when people say ‘speak your mind’, it sounds so negative to me. I don’t fight anybody I only speak on things that I think are wrong in society. We need to change the narrative and not make it seem like you need something special to speak to power”, she said.
Asked what she would like to see changed about Ghana, Lydia said, “I just want a Ghana where people can afford the basic amenities, people can live a good life. I don’t think it is too much to ask for food, water, electricity. I want a Ghana full of equal opportunities.
“Of course, some people will be richer than others but on the basics, I want a Ghana where people get to enjoy the simple things in life and they are not a luxury”, she concluded.