Van Vicker

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Joseph van Vicker
Born Joseph Van Vicker
(1977-08-01) 1 August 1977 (age 37)
Occupation Film, television actor
Years active 2000–present

Joseph van Vicker (born 1 August 1977), better known as Van Vicker, is a Ghanaian actor. He received two nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Upcoming Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Vicker was born to a Ghanaian Liberian mother and a Dutch father.[3][4][5] His father died when he was six years old.[4] He has often cited in interviews that he considers himself a global citizen as he was raised all over the world by his mother. Due to the early death of his father Vicker has stated that he is very close to his mother and considers her his hero.

Vicker attended Mfantsipim School,[6] along with fellow actor Majid Michel. Mfantsipim School is the alma mater of Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

Vicker started out in the entertainment world in radio as a presenter at Groove 106.3 fm (1999–2000) & Vibe 91.9fm (2001–2004) and as a television personality for TV3 Ghana (1997–1999) & Metro TV (2000–2004), Vicker appeared in the Ghanaian television series, Suncity, which depicted university life. He played the character of LeRoy King, Jr., a fine arts student born in the U.S. who arrives at Suncity to complete his education. The series ran for a total of 10 episodes.[7]

Film[edit]

Soon, Vicker was cast in his first film Divine Love as a supporting character. This film coincidentally was also the debut roles for fellow actors Jackie Aygemang and Majid Michel who were cast in the female and male lead respectively.[8]

Vicker is usually cast as the male romantic lead, often alongside actresses Jackie Aygemang and Nadia Buari. He is often compared to fellow Ghanaian actor Majid Michel and Nigerian Ramsey Nouah.[4]

Nollywood breakthrough[edit]

Vicker has appeared in numerous Nollywood films alongside prominent Nollywood actors including Tonto Dikeh, Mercy Johnson, Stephanie Okereke, Chika Ike and Jim Iyke. His Nollywood movies include My Soul Mate, Heart of Fire, Popular King, Gambling with Marriage, Harvest of Love, Stolen Will, The Joy of a Prince, Discovered, The Kingdom and Against the law.

International success[edit]

Vicker is one of the renowned African actor worldwide. He has directed, starred and produced five films under his sky + Orange Productions since 2008. 2012 was the brightest year for his production house earning him best actor and director for his smash comedy 'Joni waka'.[9]

Vicker has won and has been nominated for numerous awards from Africa to the Caribbean. Awards include Ghana Movie Awards, ACRAG awards and the Nollywood Academy Films Critics’ Awards. In 2009, he won the Best African Caribbean actor and Best Actor African American and in 2011 he won the Pan African creative actor.[10] In 2013, he won the Best International Actor award at the Papyrus Magazine Screen Actors Awards (PAMSAA) 2013 which was held in Abuja.[11]

Personal life and other projects[edit]

Vicker is married to Adjoa Vicker and they have three children, two daughters and a son.[4] He is the CEO of "Sky + Orange Productions", a film production house; Van Vicker Training facility is the latest entrepreneurship of Vicker where students are trained in the field in acting by professionals. The Van Vicker Foundation is an outreach program for the youth.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2009 Afro-Hollywood Award Best Actor (African film category) Won[7][12]
2008 Africa Movie Academy Award Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
2008 Africa Movie Academy Award Best Upcoming Actor Nominated[1][2]

2012 Ghana Movie Awards Best Director (Local Film)

2012 Ghana Movie Award Best Actor in a leading role

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2004 Divine Love with Majid Michel & Jackie Aygemang
2006 Beyonce: The President's Daughter with Nadia Buari & Jackie Aygemang
Darkness of Sorrow with Nadia Buari
Mummy's Daughter with Nadia Buari & Jackie Aygemang
The Return of Beyonce with Nadia Buari & Jackie Aygemang
2007 American Boy with Nadia Buari
I Hate Women Rocky with Jackie Aygemang
Innocent Soul
In the Eyes of My Husband Leo with Nadia Buari
Princess Tyra with Jackie Aygemang, Yvonne Nelson
Royal Battle with Majid Michel & Jackie Aygemang
Slave to Lust with Nadia Buari, Ini Edo, Mike Ezuruonye & Olu Jacobs
Wedlock of the Gods
2008 Broken Tears with Genevieve Nnaji & Kate Henshaw-Nuttal
Corporate Maid Desmond
Friday Night
Jealous Princess Sam
River of Tears Ben with Genevieve Nnaji & Kate Henshaw-Nuttal
Total Love with Jackie Aygemang
2009 Twilight Sisters
Royal War Uzodimma with Ini Edo
2011 Paparazzi Eye In The Dark Rich
2013 One Night In Vegas Tony with Jimmy Jean-Louis, Michael Blackson, Sarodj Bertin

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Africa Movie Academy Awards’ nominees take a bow in Josies". Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  2. ^ a b "AMAA Nominees and Winners 2008". Africa Movie Academy Award. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Olatunji, Samuel (21 January 2010). "My life, my story, my wife— Van Vicker". The Daily Sun (Lagos, Nigeria). Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Van's Biography". www.vanvicker.com. Archived from the original on 28 March 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Van Vicker (the well-known African actor) in Boston". Massachusetts, USA: BELMIZIK-FM. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Van Vicker". .ghanacelebrities.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Van Vicker - Exploits of a Ghanaian in Nollywood". AllAfrica.com (AllAfrica Global Media). 15 January 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "“If I Was Here There Would Be No Majid”…. Van Vicker". ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Van Vicker Wins NAFCA Best Comedy Award". Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Van Vicker stays Winning!". Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Van Vicker wins Best International Actor at PAMSAA 2013". Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Akande, Victor (15 November 2010). "London agog for Afro Hollywood Award 2009". The Nation (Lagos, Nigeria). Retrieved 7 March 2011. 

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