Shirley Frimpong-Manso (born 1977) is a Ghanaian film director, writer, and producer. She is the founder and CEO of Sparrow Productions, a film, television and advertising production company. She won Best Director at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards. Frimpong-Manso is also a principal of Sparrow Station, a video streaming service for African entertainment from Sparrow and other African film producers. In 2013, she was ranked the 48th most influential person in Ghana according to E.tv Ghana.
Frimpong-Manso is described as one who "seeks to raise the standard of film production in Ghana and Africa by telling progressive African stories as seen through the eyes of Africans." Her films are also known for their "fierce female leads," as they portray African women with agency who can be breadwinners and lead complex lives.
Frimpong-Manso is from the Eastern Region of Ghana, from Kwahu Pepease. As a child she organized plays, which "felt a lot more fun than playing with sand and dolls." She graduated in 2000 from the National Film and Television Institute of Ghana and worked as a presenter at Radio Gold, a private station in Accra, and then went on to start Sparrow Productions in 2003.
With producer and actress Juliet Asante, Frimpong-Manso helped produce the TV show Heart to Heart for two years shortly after school. She has also produced:
- Different Shades of Blue - a television series about five university girls who share a dormitory in a university hostel.
- Personalities Kitchen - a cooking program that hosts two personalities and challenges them to a rice meal of their choice.
- The Miss Ghana Pageant - she produced two semifinalists at the Miss World event within five years during her time.
|Life and Living it||2009||Sparrow Station||Film||The stories of four male friends: a musician, a dancer, a doctor, and an advertising manager. "Major themes include love, friendship, and family."|
|The Perfect Picture||2009||Sparrow Station||Film||The story of the lives and loves of several Ghanaian women friends, focusing on marriage and societal norms of Ghana that are not represented in Western film. Frimpong-Manso won Best Director for The Perfect Picture at the 2010 African Movie Academy Awards, where her films garnered a total of four awards.|
|A Sting in a Tale||2009||Sparrow Station||Film||"A cautionary tale about two Ghanaian men scrabbling to find jobs." It won an Audience Favorite award at the 2010 Pan African Film & Arts Festival|
|Six Hours to Christmas||2010||Sparrow Station||Film||A tale of a creative director whose life was overturned when he was tempted to stray on Christmas Eve.|
|Contract||2012||Sparrow Station||Film||A successful businessman who desires to avoid marital responsibility contracts with a woman to bear his child.|
|Adams Apples||2011-2013||Sparrow Station||TV Series||A 10-part serial released during one year starting in April 2011. It follows the lives of four women (a mother and three adult children) in modern Ghana.|
|Film||About "an emotionally sore private investigator who mistakenly stumbles on a case of organ harvesting."|
|Big for Nothing||2013||Sparrow Station||Short Film|
|Stranger in my Bed||2013||Sparrow Station||Short Film|
|Tenant||2013||Africa Magic||TV Series|
|Devil in the Detail||2014||Sparrow Station
|Love or Something Like That||2014||Sparrow Station
|V-Republic||2014||Sparrow Station||TV Series|
|Grey Dawn||2015||Sparrow Station
|Rebecca||2016||Sparrow Station||Film||"Abandoned and lost in the middle of a deserted road, an egotistic proper city guy gets a rude awakening when he begins to realize that his only companion, a timid looking village girl who he had been forced to marry only a few hours earlier is anything but ordinary." Nominated in two categories for Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards|
- 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards - Best Director of the Year
- 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards - A Sting in a Tale won the Best Soundtrack award
- 18th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival - A Sting In A Tale took home the award for Audience Favorite-Narrative Feature
- 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards - Best Video Editor and Best Movie Director
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- "Etv Ghana holds maiden edition of Ghana Most Influential People". etvghana.com. April 23, 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
- Vourlias, Christopher (22 Mar 2015). "In Ghana, movies project fierce female leads". Al Jazeera America. Retrieved 2015-09-04.
- Vourlias, Christopher (4 Aug 2015). "Ghana’s Shirley Frimpong-Manso Opens Doors for Female Colleagues". Variety. Retrieved 2015-09-04.
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- "Life and Living It (2009)". African Film Database. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- Debrah, Ameyaw (30 March 2009). "Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s Perfect Picture". Jamati.com.
- "The Perfect Picture (2009)". African Film Database. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- Agyapong Febiri, Chris-Vincent. "BBC’s Interview With Shirley Frimpong Manso". GhanaCelebrities.com. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
- "Film reviews: Desert Flower & A Sting in a Tale". The Africa Report. 14 September 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
- Smith, Hilda Lan (15 October 2010). "6 Hours to Christmas". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
- "Adams Apples". Internet Movie Database.
- "About Adams Apples". Movie web site. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
- "Adams Apples Movie". Facebook page.
- "Potomanto: NR Review". NollywoodREinvented. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- "'Rebecca': Shirley Frimpong Manso’s movie set for premiere in the UK". "The Today Post". 29 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
- Shirley Frimpong-Manso at the Internet Movie Database
- Sparrow Productions
- Sparrow Productions Facebook Page
- BBC World Service interview (audio link at end of article)