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GhanaGist Star Of The Week: Film Maker, Shirley Frimpong Manso

One name always comes up measuring the quality standards of today’s Ghanaian movie. She broke all odds and gave a perfect picture about film and movie creation in the Ghanaian movie industry.

She is a role model to the liberation of the women’s movement and her success story is one precedent to the adage “what men can do, women can do too”

Shirley Frimpong-Manso is an entrepreneur, a film director, writer, producer and Chief Executive Officer of Sparrow Productions; television and advertising company. She is also the principal of Sparrow Station, a video streaming service with other African film producers.

38 years Shirley is from Kwahu Pepease, the Eastern Region of Ghana and a proud product of the National Film and Television Institute of Ghana (NAFTI). She graduated with first class honors in Film Directing.

Yvonne Okoro, Ken Attoh and Shirley Frimpong Mansa with their Best Movie trophies

Yvonne Okoro, Ken Attoh and Shirley Frimpong Mansa with their Best Movie trophies

Her directing and coaching skills started when she was a child. She grew up always organizing her childhood friends into groups to act some drama. With that fun and passion for directing, she continued at the Mfantsiman Girls Secondary School and gained more interest in English and Literature.

She worked with popular Accra-based, Radio Gold 90.5 as a presenter before stepping into the shoes as the fore runner for Sparrow Productions.

At the tertiary stage of her education at NAFTI, she met one of Ghana’s movie makers, Juliet Asante and helped worked on a television show “Heart To Heart” under Eagle Productions.

She has been the producer behind some TV series like Different Shades of Blue and Personalities Kitchen; a challenging cooking program with two personalities. She also organized and managed The Miss Ghana Pageant for 5 years.Shirley Frimpong-Manso_opt

Shirley has worked on lots of film production and few on her catalogue will be “The Perfect Picture”, “A Sting In A Tale”, “Check Mate’, “6 Hours to Christmas”, “Life and Living It”, “Scorned” , ”Potomanto”, “Contract”, “Love or Something Like That”, “V Republic”  and the recent 2-hour movie “Grey Dawn” featuring Gabonese actor, Marlon Mave, Mimbo Manuel, Sika Osei and Kofi Middleton-Mends.

She was awarded Best Director of the Year at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards. Her movie; “Sting in a Tale” also won Best Soundtrack.

The 18th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival also awarded “The Sting in a Tale” for Audience Favorite Narrative Feature. The 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards also awarded her the Best Video Editor and Best Movie Director Plaque.

By Samuel Omane Mensah/GhanaGist.Com

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