In a single night at the 2011 Ghana Movie Awards, Majid Michel walked home with two acting trophies for best actor and best supporting actor (English language).
Both wins were feted him, thanks to his multiple performances in the Frank Rajah Arase directed film ‘Somewhere in Africa’.
Set in a fictional African country, Kimbala, the blood-filled drama centres around a bloodthirsty militant General Yusif Mombasa (Majid), who overthrows the ruling government to secure autonomous control over the country.
His regime is filled with killings of the innocent and disturbing decrees that constitutionally offend the civil rights of citizens. Pivotal to the story also is investigative journalist Frank Leuma (Majid), who seeks to unravel some hard knocking procedure to help discard Mombasa’s tyranny in Kimbala.
The ruthless Mombasa role played by Michel scored him the best actor trophy against fellow contenders; Van Vicker (Paparazzi), Chris Attoh (6 Hours to Christmas), Samuel Ofori (Fake London Boy) and child actor Rahim Banda (Behind the Mask).
For the supporting anointment, his striking delivery as Frank, which dragged viewers through an emotional pit was the required performance to win that category. His extra role as Reverend Francis Jackson was a cute bonus the sophisticated actor added to his already impressive main roles.
Elsewhere in the nominees card ‘Somewhere in Africa’ was nominated for best picture, best director for Frank, best writing adapted or original screenplay and best music (original score), best cameo actor for Kofi Adjorlolo, which he won.
To date, Majid stands as the only actor in GMA history to have won two prestigious acting trophies in a single night.