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 Djansi

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

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.

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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.

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Chineze Anyaene


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


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.

Photo Credit: Shirley Frimpong-Manso

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).


Elaine Proctor

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”.


Wanuri Kahiu

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”.


Seko Shamte

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.


Mariam Naoum

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).


Sandra Nashaat

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”.


Apolline Traoré

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


Kemi Adetiba

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.


Chika Anadu

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.


Moufida Tlatli

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.


Safi Faye

 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.


Cheryl Dunye

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”.


Nuotama Bodomo

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.


Award-winning film director, producer, writer, founder and CEO of Sparrow Productions Shirley Frimpong-Manso is a year older today!
Join us in wishing this phenomenal, stunning and gorgeous lady an awesome birthday!
Thanks to Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Ghanaian Movies/TV series are now loved and watched worldwide….
We love all Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s Movies and TV Series, some of our favourites includes:
Adams Apple, Love or Something Like That, Perfect Picture, Devil in the Detail, 6 Hours To Christmas, 
Life and Living it, A Sting in a Tale, Peep, Stranger in my Bed, Rebecca, Potomanto…
Did you know Potomanto is on Netflix now?



What’s your favourite Shirley Frimpong-Manso movies/TV Series
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“Potato Potahto” is a movie produced and directed by Shirley Frimpong Manso, a Ghanaian based award-winning film maker.

It’s a movie that tells a hilarious story regarding a divorced African couple who still found themselves living under the same roof of their matrimonial home… is now streaming on Netflix

 The award-winning movie, with a rave review, narrates a contradictory occurrence which ignites among a separated couple staying jointly in a conjugal home…


Shirley’s Potato Potahto movie,  has been magnificently shown on various cinemas and movie festivals locally and internationally.

She is one of the best in the African movie industry losing.

The comedy film which starred popular screen goddess like, Siva Joke, Joselyn Dumas as “Lulu” and also, the female Protagonist

O.C Ukeje as “Tony” and also, the male Protagonist, Chris Attoh as “Gabby”, Adjetey Annan as “Ato” and more



Even though it’s funny, “Potato Potahto” releases stress and virtually depicts the reality of happenings in relationship in the African home and gives a perfect idea as to how to sustain a family relatively.

Therefore, it’s worth watching and learning from.



Credit: Shirley Frimpong Manso

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’.


L-R Jackie Appiah, Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku and Lydia Forson at the premiere of ‘The perfect picture 10 years later



‘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!


L-R Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku, Lydia Forson and Jackie Appiah at the premiere of ‘The perfect picture 10 years later

Who is your favourite character in this movie and why?

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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).


The sequel’s cast includes fresh names from Ghana and Nollywood such as Richard Mofe-Damijo

The Perfect Picture Returns


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!


Credit: Shirley Frimpong-Manso/SparrowPicturesOfficial




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


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Multi- Talented Award Winning Ghanaian Actress and Producer Kafui Danku is a year older today! Join us in wishing the stunning and gorgeous actress an awesome birthday.

Kafui first starred in the movie ‘heal my heart’… since then she has appeared in lot of there movies and TV series including:

‘Letters to my mother’, ‘devil in a dress’ and I DO movie produced my Kafui herself and Adams Apple

Kafui Danku

What’s your favourite Kafui Danku movies? We wish Kafui God’s blessings!

Photo credit: Kafui Danku

The list of 100 Most Influential Ghanaians has been released. The list shown consists of 100 powerful Ghanaians who have influenced Ghana positively, they include: Former President John Kuffour, Kofi Annan, Dr. Ekwow Spio –Gabrah, Gifty Anti, Pastor Mensa Otabil, Asamoah Gyan, Patrick Awuah, Shirley Frimpong Manso, Lydia Forson, Abedi Ayew Pele… checkout the full list below. Join us in wishing them HUGE congrats!

100 Most Influential Ghanaians.

They will be Ghana’s awarded at the June 30 ceremony in Accra.

Who’s your favourite most Influential Ghanaian below?

 1.    Pastor Mensah Otabil

 2.    Patrick Awuah

 3.    Anas Aremeyaw Anas

 4.  Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo

 5.    J.A Kuffour

 6.    Mike Nyinaku

 7.    Bright Simons

 8.    Dr.Mahamud Bawumia

 9.    Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom

 10. Ace Ankomah

 11. Rev. Father Cambell

 12. Manasseh Azure

 13. Dr. Kwabena Adjei

 14. President John Dramani Mahama

 15. COP John Kudalor

 16. Prince Kofi Amoabeng

 17. Osei Kwame Despite

 18. Gifty Anti

 19. Kofi Annan

 20. Bishop Charles Agyin Asare

 21. Edward Effah

 22. Jerry John Rawlings

 23. Her Ladyship Georgina Wood

 24. Dr Kwabena Duffuor

 25. Michael Owusu Addo (Sarkodie )

 26. Herman Chinery Hesse

 27. Otumfour Osei Tutu Ii

 28. Bernard Avle

 29. Sheik Osman Shaributu

 30. Kwasi Twum

 31. Bishop Charles Palmer Buckle

 32. Rev. Eastwood Anaba

 33. Bishop Dag Heward Mills

 34. Ebo Whyte

 35. Albert Ocran

 36. Ivor Greenstreet

 37. Ernest Bediako Sampong

 38. Apostle Dr. Ing Kwadwo Safo

 39. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

 40. Alhassan Andani

 41. Joyce Ababio

 42. Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panyin

 43. Dr. Sam Jonah

 44. Asamoah Gyan

 45. Kwaku Baako

 46. Abraham Attah

 47. Kwame Sefa Kai

 48. Togbe Afede XIV

 49. Andre Dede Ayew

 50. Dr. Ibn Chambas

 51. Emmanuel Andrews Samini (Samini)

 52. Kwaku Sakyi Addo

 53. Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings

 54. Livingstone Etse Satekla (Stonebowy)

 55. Kenneth Ashigbey

 56. Dr. Oko Nikoi Dzani

 57. Theresa Oppong Beeko

 58. Lucy Quist

 59. Esther Cobbah

 60. Ken Ofori Atta

 61. Nathaniel Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray)

 62. Shirley Frimpong Manso

 63. Samia Nkrumah

 64. Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi

 65. Kweku Sintim Misa

 66. Dr. Ekwow Spio –Gabrah

 67. Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr (Shatta Wale)

 68. Mawuena Trebah

 69. Michael Agyekum Addo

 70. Lydia Forson

 71. Edward Doe Adjaho

 72. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuiye

 73. Dr Edward Mahama

 74. Stephen Appiah

 75. Archbishop Duncan Williams

 76. Lordina Mahama

 77. Tony Oteng Gyasi

 78. Dcop Kofi Boakye

 79. Azumah Nelson

 80. Dr Kwesi Aning

 81. Prof Akosua Adomako

 82. Abedi  Ayew Pele

 83. Abrantie Amakye Dede

 84. Ronald Kweku Dei Appiah (Bisa Kdei)

 85. Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih

 86. Kojo Yankson

 87. Bishop Emmanuel Asante

 88. Bishop Gideon Yoofi Titi Ofei

 89. Egbert Faibille

 90. Ameyaw Debrah

 91. Deloris Frimpong Manso

 92. Nana Prof. John S Nabila

 93. Charles Kwadwo Fosu (Daddy Lumba)

 94. Yvonne Nelson

 95. Apostle Dr.Opoku Onyinah

 96. Alhaji Adamu Iddrisu

 97. Nana Susubiribi Krobea Asante

 98. Kwame Achampong Kyei

 99. Derrydean Dadzie

 100. Awulae Attibrukusu  III

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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!

Gbedawo SenanuWe love all his movies! What is your favourite Gbedawo Senanu TV series/movies?


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Sparrow Productions‬ is introducing an exciting screening event on the entertainment calendar called Sparrow Entertainment Festival.
It’s an exclusive glimpse into what Shirley Frimpong-Manso and her team will be dishing out this NEW YEAR! And you also get to have a face to face with the actors and crew.
 Sparrow Entertainment Festival 2016: Screening Of SHAMPAIGN‬ And REBECCA‬ Movies  Sparrow Entertainment Festival 2016: Screening Of SHAMPAIGN‬ And REBECCA‬ Movies Sparrow Productions

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