Lights, camera and action! GhanaGist.com this week unveils one of Ghana’s movie and film maker, Yvonne Nelson as GhanaGist Star of the Week. She launched herself into showbiz as a participating contestant in Miss Ghana 2005. She prevailed with the Best Talent Award by performing an original rap song and won Miss Photogenic as well.
With this spotlight from the beauty pageant, she won a two-year contract as Face of Maxim Cosmetics and earned a role in the TV series, Fortune Island. Following was her first lead role in the movie, Princess Tyra in 2007 directed by Frank Rajah Arase with co-stars Jackie Appiah Agyemang and Van Vicker.
The movie gained her a nomination for most promising Actress at the Africa Movie Awards Academy in 2008. She has done numerous of movies till date and she is still rising with new ones on the movie market
In 2011, she evolved from being just a featured actress to a film maker which lead to her production and launching of her first movie, The Price. Followed by Single and Married which got her the Best Picture Award at the Ghana Movie Awards and Best Ghanaian Movie in Nigeria at the City Peoples Awards in 2013.
Like every responsible role model, she commenced her social responsibility role with her Yvonne Nelson Glaucoma Foundation (YNGF) in 2010 to alert her fans and the public about the harmful effect of the eye disorder as the “silent thief of sight”.
She was able to partner the Glaucoma Association of Ghana and visited towns across Ghana to carry out free Glaucoma diagnostic testing.
She also had an official music video to promote the charity course since music has always been the loudest voice to people. The video featured Sarkodie, TrigMatic, Irene Logan, Ayegbe Edem, Sherifa, Fresh Prince,Oga-B and cameo appearance by Bola Ray, John Dumelo, Majid Michelle, Yvonne Okoro, Khareema among others.
Recently most Ghanaian celebrities have voiced their concerns about the power crisis #Dumsor. Yvonnne Nelson is one forerunner that has been very active in this and I know many concerned citizens who believe in democracy and proper governance and accountability will share in this quest to make government fix this energy crisis.
She emphatically stated ‘The #DumsorMustStop vigil is on Saturday, 16th May; Join me and other citizens of Ghana. Strictly non-partisan. This is simply a discharge of civic responsibility to God and country. This is for the many people who lost their jobs because of dumsor. This is for the school children who have to study with lanterns and torches to write exams. This is for the sick people at the hospitals who have to endure dumsor on their sick beds. This is for the many patients who are unable to receive efficient healthcare because of the dumsor. This is for you, me and the unborn generations of this great nation”.
Award winning actress Yvonne Nelson is GhanaGist’s Star of the Week.
By Samuel Omane-Mensah / GhanaGist.Com