Yvonne Nelson born November 12, 1985 is a Ghanaian actress, model, film producer and entrepreneur. Yvonne, a former Miss Ghana contestant, shot to fame after a big-screen role in Princess Tyra and Playboy. She quickly became a household name on the African continent.
Yvonne is an award-winning actress and has proved her versatility as an actress by starring in a number of Ghanaian and Nigerian movies, including â€˜Princeâ€™s Brideâ€™, â€˜Girls Connectionâ€™, â€˜Playboyâ€™, and â€˜Golden Adventureâ€™
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Yvonne was born in Accra-Ghana, to Miss Margaret Gaddy and Mr. O. Nelson in Accra. She hails from Cape Coast in the Central Region but spent most of her early years in Accra. She had her basic and junior high education at St. Martin De Porres in Dansoman, Accra. She got so much into music and yearned to be a pop star in junior high. She went to Aggrey Memorial Senior High School. Driven by the passion to be in the lime light, she won her first beauty pageant, Miss Aggrey, in Aggrey Memorial Senior High School, performing a song byÂ Lauryn Hill. She then went to theÂ Central University College, where she did a degree course Human Resource Management.
In Miss Ghana 2005 Beauty Pageant, she won the Best Talent award by performing an original rap song and Miss Photogenic along with two other awards. With the exposure accrued from the beauty pageant, she won a two-year contract as face of Maxim Cosmetics after and landed a role in the TV series, Fortune Island, where her acting career began. Her first lead was princess tyra, she shot about five more movies and then went to Nigeria to shoot her first collaboration withÂ Genevieve NnajiÂ in 2007 that launched her career inÂ Nollywood.Â Since then, she has shot close to a hundred movies in Nigeria, Ghana,Ivory Coast etc.
In 2009, she was named Joy Fm Nite with the Stars Best Actress. In 2010, she was adjudged Ghanaâ€™s Favourite Actress at theÂ Ghana Movie AwardsÂ and the Face of Ghanaâ€™s Best Actress 2011/2012 in the United States of America. She was also nominated twice at theÂ Africa Movie Academy AwardsÂ (AMAAs) and adjudged Africaâ€™s Best Actress at the 2012 Africa entertainment Award in Malaysia. She picked Ghanaâ€™s Best Actress Award at the August 2011 City People Awards. Prior to that, her song about glaucoma picked up a prize at Ghana music Awards, GMA favourite actress award 2010, PAMSAA Best International Actress 2012,Hottest Ghanaian actress in nollywood (city people awards 2013),Best picture for Single and married (GMA 2012),Best Ghanaian movie for single and married(city people awards 2013)
Yvonne appeared in a music clip â€œAdea peh naâ€ of her favourite Ghanaian Musician, Kojo Antwi.
She produced the current record breaking African movie, â€˜Single & Marriedâ€™ and also has a number of businesses in Accra including a fashion shop called YNâ€™s closet. The shop has latest designer wears from around the world . Yvonne owns YN Productions with movie credits.
Yvonne launched YN Hairline which introduced lace wigs and human hair collections into Ghanaâ€™s market. At the time, the wigs were very new in Ghana.
As part of her efforts to give back to society, she launched the Yvonne Nelson Glaucoma Foundation in 2010 to educate the public on the harmful effects of the eye ailment.