Biography/Profile/History Of Ghallywood Actor Van Vicker


Van-Vicker-LGGVJoseph Van Vicker is one of the most recognized faces to come out of the African movie industry. Van Vicker was born August 1, 1977, and he is proud of his unique heritage; he is of Dutch, Liberian, and Ghanaian descent.

His father died when he was six years old. He has often cited in interviews that he considers himself a global citizen as he was raised all over the world by his mother. Due to the early death of his father Vicker has stated that he is very close to his mother and considers her his hero.

Vicker attended Mfantsipim School, along with fellow actor Majid Michel. Mfantsipim School is the alma mater of Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.

Van Vicker became a household name in African movies quite by accident. He started out in the entertainment world in radio and as a television personality.

Van Vicker’s Career : 
Vicker started out in the entertainment world in radio and as a television personality for Metropolitan Television (Metro TV). In 2003, Vicker appeared in the Ghanaian television series, Suncity, which depicted university life. He played the character of LeRoy King, Jr., a fine arts student born in the U.S. who arrives at Suncity to complete his education. The series ran for a total of 10 episodes.

Vicker was cast in his first film Divine Love as a supporting character. This film coincidentally was also the debut roles for fellow actors Jackie Aygemang and Majid Michel who were cast in the female and male lead respectively. The producer had insisted that Van be given a supporting role in Divine Love. That chance paid off, exposing Vicker to the movie industry.

Van holding up his UNHCR Ambassador Certificate: 

Even though Van’s role in Divine Love was in a supporting capacity, based on the strength of his performance, Van has been consistently cast in leading romantic roles thereafter. A role he has since become well known for playing. Vicker is usually cast as the male romantic lead, often alongside actresses Jackie Aygemang and Nadia Buari. He is often compared to fellow Ghanaian actor Majid Michel and Nigerian Ramsey Nouah.
He has helped make the Ghanaian movie industry also known as Gollywood, a fierce competitor in the world of African movies.

Van Vicker’s Personal Life & Prospects
Vicker is married with children. He owns and runs “Sky & Orange”, an advertising agency and event management company; “Babetown”, a unisex barber shop; and the Van Vicker Foundation, an outreach program for up coming young artists.

Van Vicker enjoys shooting pool, Soccer, Tennis, and Basketball. He was the first runner up in a Basketball Slam Dunk competition in 1997. He played College Basketball and Pro Basketball for the Shepherds. Family is very important to van.

The photo below shows Van Vicker family, which includes Van Vicker wife Ajoa, Van Vicker children (one boy and two girls). What a lovely family ♥

                                                  Van Vicker and Family

Van Vicker Awards

  • Best Male Actor 2006 – GMA (competitive) Ghana Ghana at 50
  • Recognition in acting certificate 2007 (honoree) Best Male Actor, WA, 2007
  • 5th Annual Movie Awards, NY (honoree) Best Male Actor, WA, 2007
  • Screen Nation Film and TV Awards, UK (competitive),
  • Best Male Actor 2007, Ohio (honoree)
  • Best Male Actor 2007 1st DJ Awards, Bronx, NY (honoree).
  • Best Actor for Feature Film by the Ghana Actors Guild in 2007.


  • 2008: African Movie Academy Award, Best Actor in a Leading Role – nomination
  • 2008: African Movie Academy Award, Best Upcoming Actor – nomination

Van Vicker Filmography

2004 Divine Love with Majid Michel & Jackie Aygemang
2006 Beyonce: The President’s Daughter with Nadia Buari & Jackie Aygemang
Darkness of Sorrow with Nadia Buari
Mummy’s Daughter with Nadia Buari & Jackie Aygemang
The Return of Beyonce with Nadia Buari & Jackie Aygemang
2007 American Boy with Nadia Buari
I Hate Women Rocky with Jackie Aygemang
Innocent Soul
In the Eyes of My Husband Leo with Nadia Buari
Princess Tyra with Jackie Aygemang
Royal Battle with Majid Michel & Jackie Aygemang
Slave to Lust with Nadia Buari, Ini Edo, Mike Ezuruonye & Olu Jacobs
Wedlock of the Gods
2008 Agony of the Christ with Nadia Buari – this film received 7 nominations at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2009, including
the nominations for Best Art Direction, Best Make-Up,Best Visual Effect, Best Costume & Best Soundtrack
Broken Tears with Genevieve Nnaji & Kate Henshaw-Nuttal
Corporate Maid Desmond
Friday Night
Jealous Princess Sam
River of Tears Ben with Genevieve Nnaji & Kate Henshaw-Nuttal
Total Love with Jackie Aygemang
2009 Twilight Sisters
Royal War Uzodimma with Ini Edo

Van has recently added producer, writer, and director to his resume. His first movie he wrote, directed, produced, and acted in is called ‘Friday Night’ and van promises that this is the first of many movies to come from his production company Sky & Orange.

When is Van Vicker birthday?

  • August 1st is Van Vicker’s birthday: August 1st of every year.


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