Yvonne Nelson is one of the biggest African actresses on the wide screen. She started her career as a former Miss Ghana contestant, she was known by the roles she played in Princess Tyra and Playboy. She is an award-winning actress, excellent at what she does and is also business-oriented. Her emergence on Ghana’s movie scene has immensely contributed to the new paradigm shift in the current African film industry.
In 2010, she was adjudged Ghana’s Favourite Actress at the prestigious Ghana Movie Awards and the Face of Ghana’s Best Actress 2011/2012 in the United States of America.
She was also nominated twice at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAAs) and adjudged Africa’s Best Actress at the 2012 Africa entertainment Award in Malaysia.
In 2009, she was named Joy Fm Nite with the Stars Best Actress. She picked Ghana’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. Yvonne has also left an indelible mark in the minds of many, not only as an actress but an entrepreneur.
She produced the current record breaking African movie, ‘Single & Married’ and also has a number of businesses in Accra including two fashion shops named ‘YN Closet Fashion Shops’. The shop has latest designer wears from around the world and from local designers as well. Yvonne owns YN Movie Productions with movie credits.
Less than two years ago, Yvonne launched YN Hairline which introduced lace wigs and human hair collections into Ghana’s market. At the time, the wigs were very new in Ghana. Currently Yvonne is working hard to expand her business venture to other parts of the country and Africa.
A former Miss Ghana contestant, she burst onto the movie scene with a big-screen role in ‘Princess Tyra’ after a supporting role in ‘The Return of Beyonce.”
She has quickly become a household name on the African continent. Yvonne has proved her versatility as an actress by starring in a number of Ghanaian and Nigerian movies, including ‘Prince’s Bride’, ‘Girls Connection’, ‘Playboy’, and ‘Golden Adventure’.
As part of her efforts to give back to society, she launched her Yvonne Nelson Glaucoma Foundation in 2010 to educate the public on the harmful effects of the eye ailment.
She hails from Cape Coast in the Central Region. She had her basic education at St. Martin De Porres in Dansoman, Accra. She then continued to Aggrey Memorial High School and the Central University College, where she read Human Resource Management. She is also into designing.