Shirley Frimpong-Manso (born 1977) is a Ghanaian film director, writer, and producer. Frimpong-Manso is a founder and CEO of the film, television, and advertising production company Sparrow Productions. Frimpong-Manso “seeks to raise the standard of film production in Ghana and Africa by telling progressive African stories as seen through the eyes of Africans.” She won ‘Best Director’ at the African Movie Academy Awards 2010.
Frimpong-Manso ancestry is from the Eastern region of Ghana, from Kwahu Pepease (her father’ side) and Akropong-Akuapim (her mother’s side). She says that as a child she organized plays, as “it just felt like 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. Frimpong-Manso started 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 serial 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.
Frimpong-Manso’s films are:
The Perfect Picture: 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: “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
Life and Living It
Six Hours to Christmas
African Movie Academy Awards 2010- Best Director of the Year
African Movie Academy Awards 2010- A Sting In A Tale won the Best Sound Track award
18th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival- A Sting In A Tale took home the award for Audience Favorite-Narrative Feature