Yvonne Nelson in “Sisters at War” in 2015
|Born||12 November 1985
Nelson was born in Accra but she is a Fante whose hometown is in Cape Coast. She started her education at St. Martin De Porres School in Accra and later went to Aggrey Memorial Senior High School. She had her tertiary education at Central University College, where she did a degree course in Human Resource Management.
Her first lead role was the title character in the movie Princess Tyra. She shot about five more movies and then went to Nigeria to shoot her first collaboration with Genevieve Nnaji in 2007, which launched her career in Nollywood. Nigerian movie industry Since then, she has become a household name in the movie industry.
Nelson produced her first movie, The Price, in 2011, followed by Single And Married the next year. The latter won Best Picture at the Ghana Movie Awards and Best Ghanaian Movie in Nigeria at the 2013 City People Awards.
She founded the Yvonne Nelson Glaucoma Foundation in 2010 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. In 2013 she was honoured by GoWoman Magazine & Printex for her Glaucoma Foundation and film career.
In recent times, 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 on May 16, 2015, called DumsorMustStop. The hashtag #dumsormuststop is currently used on social media to amplify the concerns of Ghanaians with regards to the energy crisis. She welcomed improvements.
She has featured in over 100 movies, including:
- Princess Tyra
- Crime to Christ
- To Love and Cherish
- Tears of Womanhood
- Passion of the Soul
- The Playboy
- Girls Connection
- Golden Adventure
- Local Sense
- The Return of Beyonce
- Festival of Love
- Keep My Love
- The Black Taliban
- Strength of a Man
- Love and Crises
- My Loving Heart
- Love War
- The Prince’s Bride
- Heart of Men
- Save The Last Kiss
- The Game
- Material Girl
- Deadly Passion
- The Queen’s Pride
- Desperate to Live
- Blood is Thick
- Yvonne’s Tears
- The Mistresses
- One Night In Vegas
- Deadly Plot
- Losing You
- Pool Party
- Trapped in the Game
- Crime Suspect
- My Cash Adventure
- Save My Love
- 4Play Reloaded
- Doctor May
- Diary of a Player
- Plan B
- Who Am I
- Gold Diggin
- Single and Married (2012)
- Single, Married and Complicated
- The Price
- House of Gold (2013)
- Forbidden fruit
- If Tomorrow Never Comes
- Classic Love
- Any Other Monday
- In April
Awards and nominations
|2008||4th Africa Movie Academy Awards||Best Upcoming Actress||Princess Tyra||Nominated|
|2009||Joy Nite Fm Awards||Stars Best Actress||Won|
|2010||2010 Ghana Movie Awards||Best Actress- Supporting Role||The Game (2010 film)||Nominated|
|6th Africa Movie Academy Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Heart of Men||Nominated|
|2011||2011 Ghana Movie Awards||Best Actress – Supporting Role||4 play reloaded||Nominated|
|City People Awards||Best Ghanaian Actress||Won|
|2012||2012 Ghana Movie Awards||Best Actress||Single & Married||Nominated|
|Best Picture-Africa Collaboration||Nominated|
|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|
|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|
|Glitz Styles Awards||Most Stylish Movie Star||Herself||Won|
|2016||Ghana Movie Awards||Best Actress||In April||Nominated|
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