Yvonne Nelson

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Yvonne Nelson
Yvonne Nelson in Sisters at War.png
Yvonne Nelson in Sisters at War in 2015
Born (1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 (age 36)
Years active2000-present

Yvonne Nelson (born November 12, 1985)[1] is a Ghanaian actress, model, film producer and entrepreneur.[2] She has starred in several movies, including House of Gold (2013), Any Other Monday, In April, and Swings.[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Yvonne Nelson was born in Accra, Ghana. She is a descent of the Fante people and Ga people. She started her education at St. Martin De Porres School in Accra[6] and later went to Aggrey Memorial Senior High School. She had her tertiary education at Zenith University College and Central University, where she did a degree course in human resource management.[7][8] She graduated from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) with a Masters Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy in 2020.[9]


Nelson, a former Miss Ghana contestant, bust onto the movie scene with big-screen roles in Princess Tyra and Playboy.[6] She delved into movie production in 2011. Her first production was the movie The Price, which was released that same year.[6] She also produced Single and Married in 2012 and House of Gold in 2013.[10] The latter won Best Picture at the Ghana Movie Awards and Best Ghanaian Movie at the 2013 City People Entertainment Awards.[11]

Personal life[edit]

On October 29, 2017, Nelson gave birth to her daughter Ryn Roberts with her ex-boyfriend, Jamie Roberts.[12] The actress remained silent about rumors of her pregnancy until she announced the birth of her daughter through a WOW Magazine Cover. [13]


Nelson founded the Yvonne Nelson Glaucoma Foundation in 2010[14] to help create awareness about the disease. With support from other Ghanaian celebrities, she recorded an all-star charity single and shot a video to help educate people. She also shot a video to help educate people about glaucoma.[11] As a result of her philanthropic activities particularly in glaucoma, she was honored by GoWoman Magazine and Printex for her foundation and film career.[15]


In recent times,[when?] Nelson has taken it upon herself, together with other celebrities, to add more voices to the masses in protests against the energy crisis in her country. She led a peaceful vigil called DumsorMustStop on May 16, 2015. The hashtag #dumsormuststop is currently used on social media to amplify the concerns of Ghanaians with regards to the energy crisis.[16] Yvonne, known to be very vocal lately about political issues in the country lamented the lack of development in Ghana since the country attained her independence in 1957.[17] She told the BBC in an interview that she may consider running for political office in the future.[18] Actress Yvonne Nelson tweeted that she is looking forward to the day Ghanaians would refuse to vote in presidential elections to send a message to politicians.[19]


Yvonne Nelson was awarded a special award at the "MTN Heroes of Change" in recognition of her charity work in fighting glaucoma.[20]


Nelson has featured in over 100 movies, including:

  • 4Play Reloaded
  • Any Other Monday[21]
  • The Black Taliban
  • Blood is Thick
  • Classic Love
  • Crime Suspect
  • Crime to Christ
  • Deadly Passion
  • Deadly Plot
  • Desperate to Live
  • Diary of a Player
  • Doctor May
  • Fantasia
  • Festival of Love
  • Folly
  • Forbidden Fruit
  • The Game
  • Girls Connection
  • Gold Diggin
  • Golden Adventure
  • Heart of Men
  • House of Gold (2013)[10]
  • If Tomorrow Never Comes
  • In April[22]
  • Keep My Love
  • Local Sense
  • Losing You
  • Love and Crises
  • Love War
  • Material Girl
  • The Mistresses
  • My Cash Adventure
  • My Loving Heart
  • Obsession
  • One Night In Vegas
  • Passion of the Soul
  • Plan B
  • The Playboy
  • Pool Party
  • The Price
  • The Prince's Bride
  • Princess Tyra
  • The Queen's Pride
  • The Return of Beyonce
  • Refugees
  • Save The Last Kiss
  • Save My Love
  • Single and Married (2012)
  • Single, Married and Complicated
  • Strength of a Man
  • Swings[5]
  • Tears of Womanhood
  • Threesome
  • To Love and Cherish
  • Trapped in the Game
  • Who Am I
  • Yvonne's Tears
  • Sin City [23]
  • Fix Us [24]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Recipient Result
2008 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Upcoming Actress Princess Tyra Nominated
2009 Joy Nite Fm Awards Stars Best Actress Won[25]
2010 2010 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actress - Supporting Role The Game Nominated
Favorite Actress Herself Won
6th Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Heart of Men Nominated
2011 2011 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actress - Supporting Role 4Play Reloaded Nominated
City People Awards Best Ghanaian Actress Won[25]
2012 2012 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actress Single & Married Nominated
Best Picture-Africa Collaboration Nominated
Best Picture Won
2013 2013 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actress The Price Nominated
Glitz Magazine Fans Favorite Actress Herself Won
City People Entertainment Awards Hottest Ghanaian Actress in Nollywood Herself Won[citation needed]
2014 2014 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actress - Leading Role Bachelors Nominated
2015 2015 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actress - Leading Role If Tomorrow Never Comes Won
Best Picture Nominated
Favorite Actress Nominated
Glitz Style Awards Most Stylish Movie Star Herself Won[26]
2016 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actress In April Nominated[27]
2018 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actress Jungle Justice Won[28]


  1. ^ Gracia, Zindzy (2018-08-21). "Profile: Yvonne Nelson husband, pregnancy and career". Yen.com.gh. Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  2. ^ Yvonne Nelson facts, BuzzGhana, Retrieved 22 September 2016
  3. ^ David Mawuli (26 January 2016). "Watch Yvonne Nelson, Kafui Danku, Jose Tolbert in new movie trailer". Pulse.com.gh. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  4. ^ "What Yvonne Nelson wore to 'In April' movie premiere got everyone talking". www.ghanaweb.com. 2016-09-04. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  5. ^ a b David Mawuli (2017-11-22). "Movie starring Yvonne Nelson, Chris Attoh, Henry Adofo premieres November 25". Pulse.com.gh. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  6. ^ a b c "Yvonne Nelson". www.peacefmonline.com. Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  7. ^ "All about Yvonne Nelson", Africa Magic.
  8. ^ Yvonne Nelson profile, Ibaka TV.
  9. ^ "Yvonne Nelson reveals why she went back to school – MyJoyOnline.com". www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  10. ^ a b Aiki, Damilare (5 February 2013). "BN Exclusive: Coming Soon to the Big Screen! Ice Prince, Omawumi, Majid Michel, Mercy Chinwo & Eddie Watson star in Yvonne Nelson's Movie "House of Gold" - Your Behind-the-Scenes Look & Scoop". Bella Naija. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Yvonne Nelson: Biography, Career & Other Details". nigerianfinder.com. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  12. ^ "Yvonne Nelson's Daughter" : Yvonne Nelson reveals why she decided to have a baby with Jamie Roberts. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Yvonne Nelson pregnancy photos out after 'childbirth'". Citi 97.3 FM - Relevant Radio. Always. 2017-11-13. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  14. ^ "Yvonne Nelson's daughter's name is 'Ruler'". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  15. ^ "Ghollywood Star Yvonne Nelson honoured by GoWoman Magazine", Bella Naija, 15 April 2015.
  16. ^ K. Effah (2015). "Yvonnne Nelson Commends President Mahama For Improvement In Dumsor". Yen.com.gh. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  17. ^ "'I'm Waiting For The Day No One Goes Out To Vote'- Yvonne Nelson". GhBase•com™. 2019-04-18. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  18. ^ "I May Go Into Politics - Yvonne Nelson Tells BBC". DailyGuide Network. 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  19. ^ "Yvonne Nelson urges Ghanaians to boycott elections". www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  20. ^ "Yvonne Nelson, Yvonne Okoro Others Pick MTN Special Awards". DailyGuide Network. 2018-05-21. Retrieved 2020-03-12.
  21. ^ Chidumga Izuzu (2 February 2016). "Watch Yvonne Nelson, Kunle Rhemmy, Kafui Danku in trailer". Pulse.ng. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  22. ^ David Mawuli (15 August 2016). "Watch the official trailer for new movie starring Yvonne Nelson, Bismark The Joke, others". Pulse.com.gh.
  23. ^ "Yvonne Nelson premieres Sin City on Val's Day". www.ghanaweb.com.
  24. ^ "Yvonne Nelson's Fix Us streams on Netflix". www.myjoyonline.com.
  25. ^ a b "Yvonne Nelson Wins Ghana's Best Actress Award". www.peacefmonline.com. 10 Aug 2011.
  26. ^ "Yvonne Nelson, Joselyn Dumas win Glitz Style Awards!". October 5, 2015.
  27. ^ "Full list of nominees for 2016 Ghana Movie Awards". www.ghanaweb.com.
  28. ^ "Ghana Movie Awards » Winners- 2018". Retrieved 2020-01-21.

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