Africa is a continent with diverse ethnic and cultural practices and looking at the different ways in which African countries portrays their culture, it’s not surprising that a lot of screenwriters are emerging from the continent to showcase their rich cultures in movies.
This article seeks to unveil 20 African female screenwriters you may know or not know and 2 of their best movies.
Leila is a Ghanaian-born American based movie writer, producer and director. She had her Basic and Secondary education at the Kabore Primary and JSS and Mawuli School, all in the Volta region of Ghana
She began her writing skills at the age of 19 when she was convinced by a Ghanaian actor, Sam Odoi who was her role model to write a script on a film titled, “Babina”.
In the course of developing her passion for writing and filmmaking, she continued her education at the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) in Ghana and later relocated to the States to further her Film and Television Degree at Savannah College of Art and Design on a scholarship.
Today she remains one of the best movie writers to emerge from the African continent and projecting the image of Africa through movies. She’s notable for award winning movies such as “Sinking Sands” and “Like Cotton Twines”.
Genevieve Nnaji is one of Nigeria’s screen goddess making Nigeria proud with her versatility in the Nigerian movie industry.
As an actress, she sought to raise the banner of Nigeria and Africa at large beyond the African continent through entertainment and arts.
She developed passion for movie making at a very younger age where she starred in “Ripples”, a famous TV series at the time. She officially started acting professionally at age 19.
Today, she can confidently boast of countless roles she has played in Nigeria movies and awards as well.
Climbing to the top of her movie career, she learnt about producing and directing and as a result, she’s been able to write and direct her own movie which is selling massively across the globe. She known for “the Lionheart” movie.
Hailing from Abuja, Nigeria, Chineze is a film producer, director and filmmaker who was born on December 28.
She is a graduate of University of Abuja with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts and has also obtained a Master’s Degree in Directing at the New York Film Academy (NYFA), United States.
She promotes African culture through cinematic stories in order to meet the international film market. She’s well known for movies like,” Ije: The Journey” and “20 Years Later”.
Sara Blecher a director, a producer and a writer from South Africa. She spent her teen age in the United States where she attended Georgetown University in Washington DC.
After relocated to Paris she attended a film school then returned to South Africa to put the theories she had learnt into practice.
Her best movies are “Otelo Burning” and “Ayanda”.
Shirley Frimpong -Manso
A multiple award winning female writer in the Ghanaian movie industry. Shirley is a professional writer who tells the African stories in movies.
She is also a producer and a director with a degree from the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) in Ghana.
Her movies seek to empower women and motivate them through the lead roles often taken by women in her movies.
She has written, directed and produced over 10 movies including her best-selling movies, “Potato Potato” (2017), and “Perfect Picture” (2009).
Proctor is a South African actress who doubles as a writer and a film director. She graduated from the National Film and Television School, United Kingdom. She’s known for “Friends” and “On the Wire”.
Kahiu is a Kenyan filmmaker who has received several awards for her outstanding works in the movie industry.
As an author, a producer and a director, Kahiu was awarded for the best director, screenplay and best picture by Africa Movie Awards Academy in 2009.
She is a graduate from the university of Warwick, England and the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theatre, Film and Television where she pursued a master of fine arts in production and directing.
She’s best known for the movies, “Pumzi” and “Rafiki”.
One of Tanzania’s proud daughter projecting the image of Tanzania through filmmaking is Shamte. She is a producer, writer and a director from Dar es Salaam.
She is the owner of the production company, Alkemist Media established in 2008. The A-Team and Home Coming movies are projects of the writer which garnered huge recognition from the Tanzanian movie industry.
Marian is a writer from Egypt. Most of her works are centred around the challenges women faced socially and economically because she’s famously known as a feminist and social screenwriter.
Mariam studied economics in France but returned to Egypt to further her education in screenwriting. She’s notable for the movies, “Wahed Sefr” (One Nill) and “Segn El Nesa” (Women’s Prison).
She is also an Egyptian film director, writer and producer famously known for her movies, Mallaki Iskandariya (Private Alexandria, 2005) and Leh Khaletny Ahebak (Why Did You Make Me Love You, 2000). Nashaat graduated from Higher Film Institute in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.
Arsema Worku Tiduneh
Tiduneh works as the General Secretary of the Executive Board of the Ethiopian Film Producers’ Association. Also, she is a movie director, producer and a writer notable for high achieving movies like, “Yigbagn” and “Emnet”.
Nkechi Okoro Carroll
Born in America, Carroll is a black American but her parents hail from Nigeria. Growing up, she stayed in several places including Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, the United Kingdom and the United States.
She is an actress, a producer and a writer with a lot of works in the American movie industry. She is notable for films like, “The Finder” and “Bones”.
A Burkinabe scriptwriter known for her movies, “Kounandi”, (2004) and “Borders”, (2017).
Born in Ouagadougou the capital of Burkina Faso, she had her education in the United States at Emerson college in Boston in the field of art and communication. She returned to her country of birth to begin directing and filmmaking
She is a Nigerian writer and a television and music video director best known for her movies, the “Wedding Party” and “King of Boys”.
Adetiba Began working as radio presenter and later upgraded to producing and hosting of several shows on TV.
Hails from Nigeria, Anadu is a writer and director, known for the movies, “B for Boy” and Ava.
Her movies mostly address issues of gender injustice and cultural pressures surrounding Nigerian traditions. She started working in Television and film production in 2008 after her education from the United Kingdom.
Akosua Adoma Owusu
Adoma is a Ghanain-American writer and a movie producer famously knowns for her movies, “Kwaku Ananse” and “Me Broni Ba”. Her works have been well received in major film festivals around the world.
Born and raised in Tunisia, Tlatli realised her passion in movies during high school days and was lucky to develop it through her psychology tutor who was managing a movie club.
She travelled to France to continue developing her passion for cinema by enrolling in a French film school known as Institut des hautes études cinématographiques in and completed 1968.
She is also a politician. Her best movies include, The Silences of the Palace and The Season of Men.
Faye is a Senegalese filmmaker and director notable for movies like, “Letter from My Village” and “Selbe: One Among Many”. She has directed several documentary and fiction films focusing on rural life in Senegal.
Born in Liberia, Dunye grew up in Philadelphia, US and obtained a bachelor of arts at the Temple University and master’s degree in fine arts at Rutgers University.
Her work often concerns issues of race, sexuality, and gender, particularly issues relating to black lesbians. Her best movies include, “the Watermelon Woman” and “Stranger Inside”.
Bodomo is a Ghanaian born Norwegian writer and director notable for movies like “Random Act of Flyness” and “Afronauts”. She studied film at Columbia University in New York.
Last night was the premiere of The Perfect Picture in Accra, Ghana.
‘The Perfect Picture’ is a beautiful and exciting must watch movie starring most of Ghana’s A star actors.
In no particular order: Jackie Appiah, Lydia Forson, Yvonne Okoro, Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku, Adjetey Anang, Chris Attoh, Joselyn Dumas, John Dumelo and more
Africans, especially Ghanaians, Nigerians and those in the Diaspora are very excited about The Return Of The Perfect Picture’.
‘The official release date is December 14 for Ghana and December 20 for Nigeria. It will also be distributed overseas for international film festivals’
We spoke to some people who confirmed that The perfect picture movie is on definitely on their must watch movie this Christmas!
Who is your favourite character in this movie and why?
GHANA’S DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES RETURN AFTER 10 YEARS!
The Perfect Picture is perhaps Ghana’s most popular romantic comedy. Released in 2009, the movie centred around three women in their 30s going through a mid-life crisis and breaking points that would change their lives forever.
Upon the release by Film Director Shirley Frimpong-Manso, it became a huge box office success in Ghana and abroad.
Sparrow Pictures is now taking a huge risk that blew up on the faces of movies like Bridget Jones: a sequel. The company has high hopes as the first movie had cliffhangers that could be expanded into the sequel.
Also, bringing back old memories will intrigue many people.
It was 2010 when the movie received an Africa Movie Academy Award; however, it was rumoured that there was a disagreement between the three ladies as to who would keep the award.
The announcement of the upcoming sequel was a clear indication that things went back to normal between the stars of The Perfect Picture.
Africans, especially Ghanaians, Nigerians and those in the Diaspora are very excited about The Return Of The Perfect Picture’.
African Celebs spoke to some people who confirmed that this upcoming movie is on their must watch movie this Christmas!
Our protagonists have aged 10 more years, became more self-aware and contained, but life will still be throwing drama in their directions.
Jackie Appiah, Lydia Forson, and Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku will be reprising their roles as Aseye, Dede, and Akasi respectively.
Other returning actors are Adjetey Anang (Fella), Chris Attoh (Larry), Joselyn Dumas (Flora), John Dumelo (Taylor), and Kwaku Sintim-Misa (Dr Biney).
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The sequel’s cast includes fresh names from Ghana and Nollywood such as Richard Mofe-Damijo
Gideon Okeke, Beverly Naya, Raphael Boakye, Gloria Sarfo, and Anita Erskine.
The movie is currently being shot and directed by Shirley Frimpong-Manso and Ken Attoh, who also co-wrote the story.
She is the Founder and CEO of Sparrow Productions.
After graduating from the National Film and Television Institute, she started the company with Ken Attoh.
Her movies focused on portraying Ghanaian women from a different perspective through progressive stories with strong female leads.
Thanks to the success of her movies, she received the award for the Best Director at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Shirley Frimpong-Manso has taken Ghanaian movies on a different positive level. Some of her movies include: Potomanto, Love or something,
Rebecca, Life and Living It, Scorned,A Sting in a Tale, 6 Hours To Christmas,Devil in the Detail, Checkmate,Adams Apples, Potato Potahto,
Picture perfect was not the first collaboration of Manso with the lead actresses. Lydia Forson appeared in many other Sparrow Productions movies like Scorned, Different Shades of Blue (2007) and A Sting In A Tale.
The movie is expected to be premiered on December 1. The premiere will take place at Labadi Beach Hotel.
The official release date is December 14 for Ghana and December 20 for Nigeria. It will also be distributed overseas for international film festivals.
One thing is for sure Shirley Frimpong-Manso never disappoints! We can’t wait!
TBT MOVIE/TV SERIES OF THE DAY IS ADAMS APPLE BY SPARROW PRODUCTIONS
Adams Apple a sparrow publications produced series tells a the stories of 4 beautiful sisters, whose lives undergo dramatic changes and they take their lives’ journey from one level to the next..
Meet the Adams women: Jennifer(Josselyn Dumas), filled with spite for mediocrity an ambitious real estate manager who secretly has a thing for a way younger man.
Baaba (Yvonne Okoro) haunted by her past follies and torn between the love for her husband and her old flame.
Kuukua (Naa Ashorkor Mensa Duku) is also an angry, frustrated and still in love with her new boss who also happens to be her old boyfriend…
And don’t even get us started on Mrs. Adams(Anima misa), the mother of the girls who is hiding one big secret.….
Adams Apple is one of the must watch Ghanaian movie/tv series.
Even though is set in the hustle and bustle of the city of Accra and its suburbs there are glimpses of the exciting metropolis of London….
Written by Shirley Frimpong-Manso
Random videos from Adams Apple -ENJOY!
Visit www.sparrowstation.com for more. ENJOY!
Credit: Sparrow publications (Shirley Frimpong-Manso)
See photos from The 2016 Ghana Movie Awards held at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra on Sunday December 4th 2016.
Fabulous, sooooo much beauty and class in one place!
Who is your favourite African Celebs?
Best Writing Tv Series – Shirley Frimpong Manaso (Shampaign)
Actress In A Supporting Role – Jackie Appiah (Sala)
Best Actress Drama Series – Queenstar Anaafi (Yolo)
Lead Actor In A Comedy Series – Funny Face (Cow And Chicken)
Best Directing Tv Series – Yolo (Ivan Quashigah)
Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series – Maame Dokono (Guy Guy)
Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series – Bismark (Cow And Chicken)
Actress In A Leading Role – Nana Ama Mcbrown (Na Me Nnim)
Short Movie – Juliet Ibraham (Hope)
Visit ghanamovieawards.com for more
Ghanaian Actor, Writer, Production Coordinator and Assistant Director Senanu Gbedawo is a year older today! Join AfricanCelebs in wishing Gbedawo God’s richest blessings on his birthday and every day.
The Sparrow Productions’ Production Coordinator / Assistant Director, who turned to acting after studying engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, first’s major lead role is a movie called ‘Checkmate’ by Shirley Frimpong-Manson in 2010. He has since then starred in lots of TV series such as ‘Peeps, Adams Apple… and also featured in numerous movies including Checkmate, Trapped, Potomanto, Love or something like that, Wrapped in Magic…
Happy Birthday! We wish you More Success, Happiness and GoodHealth. Enjoy your day!
We love all his movies! What is your favourite Gbedawo Senanu TV series/movies?
Photo Credit: Gbedawo Senanu
Coming soon to a cinema near you….Visit www.sefestival.com for more…
‘Love or something like that’ is a Ghanaian movie produced by Ken Attoh, Joselyn Dumas and Shirley Frimpong-Manso. The movie Directed by Shirley Frimpong-Manso (Sparrow Productions)
‘Love or something like that tells the story of a young surgeon’s chance meeting with her ex-boyfriend throws her world into absolute chaos when she makes a horrible discovery about her past and what could be the end of a great career, and beautiful marriage.
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Cast members for this great include: Joselyn Dumas, AMVCA winner O.C Ukeje, John Dumelo, Christabel Ekeh…
Add 28th November 2014 to your Calendar!
Are you new to African movies? Check out movies by Shirley Frimpong-Manso (sparrowproductions)
Come rob shoulders with your favourite African Celebrities and your crushes ☺️ on the 28th!
Credit: Shirley Frimpong-Manso/Sparrow Productions
The perfect picture offers a colorful and humorous insight into a world where everything is as perfect as your life and that of your friends.
It tells a story of 3 beautiful women who are pushing thirty make bold attempts to change their lives even when destiny plays its joke on them.
With a marriage that seems almost doomed from the beginning, to an affair with an unlikely candidate and the endless pursuit of love, 3 friends will learn the harsh lessons of life, the challenges of marriage, the fatality of falling in love and the rewards of having a good laugh in the mist of sorrow.
The perfect picture is a Ghanaian movie producer/writer/director Shirley Frimpong-Manso
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