ORGANISERS of Ghana Film Honours are besides themselves with grief following the death of actor Mac Jordan Amartey who was set to be honoured on the night.
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The film legend who died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Thursday, (July 5, 2018) evening Mac Jordan Amartey was supposed to be the main award winner at the event scheduled for August 4 at Alisa Hotel, Accra.
He was going to be celebrated for his hard work and contribution to the Ghanaian movie industry.
Speaking to Showbiz in an interview on Friday, July 6, 2018, Mr. Micheal Ola, CEO of Ghana Film Honours said “we can’t find words to describe the passing of Mac Jordan Amartey who was a great actor and a friend.
“It is so sad we could not honour him on August 4 as planned. For his award, we were going to give him a gold coin, kente and six-month subscription of DStv.
He went on to explain that a documentary of the late Mac Jordan Amartey will be shown at the event. “I think it is appropriate to do a documentary of a legend like the late Mac Jordan Amartey. He paid his dues as a great actor and we will still remember him for his comic act” he said.
According to Mr Kwesi Ansah, a family member of the late actor who spoke to myjoyonline.com, Mac Jordan Amartey who has been unwell for some time, was taken to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after struggling to get him to eat solid food.
Mr Ansah who was taught by the actor at University Primary School said the family is saddened by his death. He described the late actor as a disciplinarian.
“He was somebody who always wanted us to be our best. He pushed us to come out to be our best,” he said.
He added that even while in primary school, the late actor’s constant encouragement and guidance led his team – Section Green – to win so many competitions.
“He always insisted that we could do it…win any race at all we went into and that got us winning many times at the inter-sections competition.
“He was also like a father to us and if you had any issues at all and you approached Mac Jordan, he speaks to you like his own…even in old age, he still was advising some of us,” he added.
His contribution to the movie industry in Ghana, Mr Ansah noted, has been immense and “we have lost a great soul,” he added.