Yvonne Nelson (born 12 November 1985) is a Ghanaian actress, model, film producer and an entrepreneur. She has starred in several movies including House of Gold (2013)and Any Other Monday.
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 followed these up with House of Gold in 2013.
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 2015, Nelson took 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 called DumsorMustStop on May 16, 2015. The hashtag #dumsormuststop is currently used on social media to amplify the concerns of Ghanaians with regards to the energy crisis. Yvonne, known be very vocal lately about political issues in the country lamented the lack of development in Ghana since the country attained her independence in 1957. She told the BBC in an interview that she may consider running for political office in the future. Actress Yvonne Nelson tweeted that she is looking forward to the day Ghanaians would refuse to vote in presidential elections to send a message to politicians.
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, Fantasia, 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, Threesome, Losing You, Pool Party, Trapped in the Game, Crime Suspect, My Cash Adventure, Save My Love, 4Play Reloaded, Doctor May, Diary of a Player.
The rest are Plan B, Obsession, 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, Folly, Classic Love, Any Other Monday and In April.