Eddie Watson

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Eddie Watson
Born
Eddie Samuel Obong Watson Jr.

(1980-05-22) 22 May 1980 (age 38)
OccupationActor, Producer
Years active2010–present

Eddie Samuel Obong Watson Jr. (born May 22, 1980) is a Liberian-born[1] Ghanaian actor and producer. He received his first Ghanaian Movie Award in 2014 for his film Ebola which he wrote, directed and produced.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Watson's professional acting career started in 2010 with Labour of Love. He later went on the same year to star in the African war movie, Somewhere in Africa,[4] where he had a supporting role. Costar Majid Michel[5] suggested Watson to the director, Frank Rajah, for the role of a new character being introduced in the sequel 4Play Reloaded of the already popular 4Play by Venus Films. His supporting role in Frank Rajah’s Somewhere in Africa earned him a nomination at the Nollywood & African Films Critics Awards (NAFCA).[6]

The following year, Watson had roles in movies like A Reason to Kill and Single Six and by 2011 the actor has made his first move into Nollywood when he starred alongside Queen Nwokoye in Desperate Heart.[7] With movies like Single and Married in 2012,[8] House of Gold,[9] Letters to My Mother and Purple Rose in 2013[10] the actor soon became a house-hold name in African entertainment.

The year 2014, was a bitter sweet year for Watson. West Africa and Watson's home country, Liberia, which was one of the worst affected by the Ebola virus. Watson wrote, produced and directed the short film, Ebola.[11] The year also brought many nominations for the actor for different roles in films such as Bachelors, Sister at War and Purple Rose. And for the first time he was nominated in two different categories for the Ghana Movie Award (Best Actor in Lead Role for Bachelors and Best Short Film for Ebola, which he won).[12][13] The actor has now produced two major movies; Jack & Jill[14][15] and She Prayed.[16] On Saturday, December 5, 2015, Eddie Watson premiered She Prayed in Sierra Leone[17][18][19] with support from some of the cast and other African movie stars including Majid Michel, Beverly Osu and Melvin Oduah.[20] The screening of She Prayed is said to be the biggest show in all the premieres and all international shows in 2015 in Sierra Leone. The movie banked an impressive 98% hold of its premiere rating.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Eddie Watson married his partner of two years, actress Naomi Baaba Watson,[22] in a private ceremony.[23] The couple welcomed their first child, Emirror (Emi) Cassia Watson[24][25] on February 2, 2015.[26][27]

Humanitarian causes[edit]

Eddie Watson's documentary film "Ebola" was one of his humanitarian efforts after the outbreak hit West Africa in 2014. The film was meant to educate people in areas affected by the disease.[28] The film was totally financed by Eddie Watson himself and was distributed to most media houses in countries affected plus others in the region of publication and also throughout the internet without a single charge from the actor. He launched the “We Need Help-Ebola Campaign”[29] the same year the film was shot with the Twitter hashtag #WeNeedHelpEbola.[30] The Ebola documentary film starred some popular faces in Ghana’s movie and music industries including Yvonne Nelson and Sarkodie and more.[31][32] Later that year, the film went on to win Best Short Film Movie at the Ghana Movie Awards (GMA).[33]

Filmography[edit]

List of Selected Movies

Year Title Ref
N/A Labour of Love
N/A Somewhere In Africa [34]
N/A 4Play Reloaded [35]
N/A A Reason to Kill [36]
N/A Single Six [37]
N/A Single and Married
N/A House of Gold
N/A Purple Rose [38]
N/A Bachelors [39]
N/A Single
N/A Sisters at War [40]
N/A Jack & Jill (also as producer) [41]
N/A Single Married & Complicated [42]
N/A Don't Play That Game [43]
N/A Family Album [44]
N/A Ebola The Documentary (also as producer) [45]
N/A Over The Edge [46]
N/A Luke of Lies [47]
2015 She Prayed (also as producer) [48][49]

Television

Year Title Ref
N/A My Home season 1&2
N/A Happy Family season 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Graphic Ghana. "Eddie Watson: Movie success beyond an accent". graphic.com.gh. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ Ibaka TV. "Eddie Watson Bio". ibakatv.com. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  3. ^ Biograpedia. "Eddie Watson Biography". biograpedia.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  4. ^ Francis, Addo. "Somewhere In Africa Movie Ends". ghanashowbiz.blogspot.com. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  5. ^ Modern Ghana. "EDDIE WATSON: MAJID DESERVES HIS AWARD". modernghana.com. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  6. ^ Ghana Showbiz. "Eddie Watson And Eddie Nartey Direct Their first Movie Together". ghanashowbiz.com. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  7. ^ Twi Movies. "Desperate Heart". twimovies.news. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  8. ^ Ghana Movie Stars. "The Premiere of Single and Married". ghanamoviestars.blogspot.com. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  9. ^ YouTube. "Yvonne Nelson & Eddie Watson on House of Gold". youtube.com. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  10. ^ 360nobs. "Trailer: PURPLE ROSE Starring Eddie Watson Jr. And Nse Ikpe-Etim". www.360nobs.com. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  11. ^ News Ghana. "Eddie Watson's Ebola documentary features Sarkodie, Yvonne Nelson and more". newsghana.com.gh. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  12. ^ Ghana Gist. "Watch Eddie Watson's Ebola documentary starring Yvonne Nelson, Chase and others". ghanagist.tumblr.com. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  13. ^ Peace FM Online. "Eddie Watson's Ebola documentary starring Yvonne Nelson, Chase and others". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  14. ^ Enews GH. "Eddie Watson to premiere his first self-produced movie, 'JACK AND JILL'". enewsgh.com. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  15. ^ 233livenews. "Actor Eddie Watson To Release First Self-produced Movie". 233livenews.wordpress.com. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  16. ^ Atisele, Kenneth. "Watch movie trailer for 'She Prayed' starring Eddie Watson, Yvonne Nelson, others". thenet.ng. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  17. ^ Abu, Sorie. "PHOTOS Of Ghanaian And Nigerian Stars In Sierra Leone Ahead Of 'She Prayed' Movie Premiere". sierraloaded.com. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  18. ^ Debrah, Ameyaw. "Majid Michel, Eddie Watson and more at 'She Prayed' premiere in Freetown". ameyawdebrah.com. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  19. ^ BIGSON, STELLA ELORM. "She Prayed premieres in Freetown". graphic.com.gh. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  20. ^ YEN. "Majid Michel And Others 'She Prayed' Premiere In Sierra Leone". yen.com.gh. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  21. ^ Mimi, Sakib. "SHE PRAYED, Eddie Watson's Movie Makes History In Sierra Leone". ghanafilmindustry.com. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  22. ^ Debrah, Ameyaw. "Photos: Actor Eddie Watson surprise wife on birthday with friends". ameyawdebrah.com. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  23. ^ News Ghana. "Actor Eddie Watson Secretly Married". newsghana.com.gh. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  24. ^ The Net. "Eddie Watson and wife welcome first child". thenet.ng. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  25. ^ Pulse Ghana. "Eddie Watson's Daughter Looks Beautiful Growing Up". pulse.com.gh. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  26. ^ Enter Ghana. "ACTOR EDDIE WATSON AND WIFE WELCOME A BABY GIRL (PHOTO)". enterghana.com. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  27. ^ Ghana Web. "Photos: Actor Eddie Watson and wife welcome new baby girl". ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  28. ^ Ghana Web. "Eddie Watson not giving up Ebola campaign". ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  29. ^ Ghana Web. "Eddie Watson not giving up Ebola campaign". ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  30. ^ Zion, Felix. "Actor Eddie Watson cries for Ebola victims". modernghana.com. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  31. ^ News Ghana. "Eddie Watson's Ebola documentary features Sarkodie, Yvonne Nelson and more". newsghana.com.gh. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  32. ^ Marveydery. "Watch Eddie Watson's Ebola documentary starring Yvonne Nelson, Chase and others". ghanacrusader.com. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  33. ^ Ghana Web. "Eddie Watson not giving up Ebola campaign". ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  34. ^ YouTube. "Somewhere In Africa [Trailer]". youtube.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  35. ^ TalkAfricanMovies. "4PLAY RELOADED". talkafricanmovies.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  36. ^ TalkAfricanMovies. "A REASON TO KILL". talkafricanmovies.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  37. ^ TalkAfricanMovies. "SINGLE SIX". talkafricanmovies.com. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  38. ^ Enews GH. "WATCH TRAILER: 'Purple Rose' movie starring Eddie Watson, Roselyn Ngissah, Nse Ikpe Etim". enewsgh.com. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  39. ^ TalkAfricanMovies. "BACHELORS". talkafricanmovies.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  40. ^ TalkAfricanMovies. "Sisters at War". talkafricanmovies.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  41. ^ Ghana Web. "Movie trailer: Eddie Watson's Jack & Jill". ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  42. ^ TalkAfricanMovies. "SINGLE MARRIED & COMPLICATED". talkafricanmovies.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  43. ^ TalkAfricanMovies. "DON'T PLAY THAT GAME". talkafricanmovies.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  44. ^ TalkAfricanMovies. "FAMILY ALBUM". talkafricanmovies.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  45. ^ Ghanagist. "Watch Eddie Watson's Ebola documentary starring Yvonne Nelson, Chase and others". ghanagist.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  46. ^ alkAfricanMovies. "OVER THE EDGE". talkafricanmovies.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  47. ^ TalkAfricanMovies. "LUKE OF LIES". talkafricanmovies.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  48. ^ BIGSON, STELLA ELORM. "She Prayed". graphic.com.gh. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  49. ^ YouTube. "She Prayed [Official Trailer]". youtube.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016.

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