Yvonne Nelson Biography: Age, Husband, Daughter, Parents, School

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Who is Yvonne Nelson?

Yvonne Nelson is an award-winning Ghanaian actress, filmmaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former Miss Ghana Contestant.

She stands out as one of the best Ghanaian actresses ever to grace our screens with her acting career.

Yvonne shot to fame after playing the lead role in the popular Ghanaian movie titled, “Princess Tyra,” and later, “Playboy”.

Other top movies she starred in to prove her mettle were “Crime to Christ”, “To Love and To Cherish” with top Nigerian actress, Genevieve Nnaji, among others.

Yvonne Nelson has also bagged numerous awards, including Best Actress at the 2018 Ghana Movie Awards; Most Stylish Movie Star at the 2015 Glitz Style Awards, among others.

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She is the first Ghanaian actress ever to have acted in Cote D’Ivoire after the three nations — Nigeria, Ghana, and Ivory Coast, collaborated to produce a movie.

Miss Yvonne was one of the five final contestants of the prestigious Miss Ghana beauty pageant in 2005.

Date Of Birth

The beautiful Ghanaian actress was born on Tuesday, November 12th, 1985.


The “Princess Tyra” actress is currently 37 years of age and will be 38 years come November this year, 2023.


Yvonne Nelson was born to Madam Margaret Gaddy and Mr. Oko Nelson in Accra.

Her mother is a Fante woman from Cape Coast in the Central Region, whilst her father is a Ga from the Greater Accra Region. 

Yvonne remains the youngest of three siblings of her parents.

Yvonne Nelson parents, mother and father, Madam Margaret Gaddy and Mr Oko Nelson.
Yvonne Nelson with her parents, Madam Margaret Gaddy and the late Mr. Oko Nelson

Her mother, Madam Margaret Gaddy, who has been her pillar and backbone, has been a single parent because her biological father abandoned them (the family) when she (Yvonne) was young.

This is the main reason why the bond between Yvonne Nelson and her lovely mum is inseparable.

This also explains why Yvonne Nelson even celebrates her mother on fathers’ day as though, her mother is her father.


Yvonne Nelson is half Fante from Cape Coast in the Central Region and half Ga from the Greater Accra Region, Ghana.

Because her father, Mr. Oko Nelson, abandoned them when she was young, Yvonne Nelson has always preferred tracing her roots back to Cape Coast where her mother comes from.

Yvonne Nelson Father

Sadly, Yvonne Nelson’s father, Mr. Oko Nelson reportedly died on Monday, January 23rd, 2017.

According to Yvonne, she had only two photos of herself and her dad taken together with the last one taken on Friday, January 6th, 2017, before his passing on Monday, January 23rd, 2017.

In an Instagram post, Yvonne Nelson wrote her heartfelt tribute to her late dad, which reads:

“Rest In Peace Father .This picture was taken on the 6th of this month…, i have only two pictures with my Father, and this is one of them…..so much I wanted to talk about…..so much I wanted to say…..but God knows best….I know you are in HEAVEN……I know we’ll meet again and talk about it all…..there were days I cried to my mum to bring me to yours……

“There were days I couldn’t wait to see you and talk to you just for a minute….I longed to hold your hand…..I longed to sit on your lap…..I longed for all of that……can we still do that when I see you in HEAVEN??

“Can we start all over again?? Can we correct the mistakes??? I longed for you so much. I have nothing but love for you…….in His last days….he always mentioned God in everything he said…why?? Because there’s no one GREATER  sleep well father .”

Early Life

Yvonne Nelson was born and raised in the capital city, Accra, Ghana, by her mother as a single parent.

Together with her two siblings, their mother single-handedly raised them in Accra, Ghana.

Senior High School, University Education

Yvonne Nelson started her basic school education at St. Martin De Porres School based in Dansoman, Accra.

She went to Aggrey Memorial Senior High School in Cape Coast for her senior high school education.

She became famous in high school after winning her first beauty pageant as “Miss Aggrey”.

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Yvonne proceeded to the Central University College in Accra, where she pursued her bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management.

On November 12th, 2020, Yvonne Nelson celebrated her 35th birthday in a grand style as she graduated with a Masters Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Ghana Institute Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

She shared on her Instagram page after her graduation:

“It’s my BIRTHDAY…Young ones, Construct a well defined path for yourself. Stay true to the process and mute every distraction. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to me this month is special. I gifted myself a MASTERS DEGREE in International Relations and Diplomacy.”

She is also into designing with her favourite colours being pink and black.

Is Yvonne Nelson A Lesbian?

In 2005, one of the rumours that dominated the media space in Ghana was the allegation that Yvonne Nelsen was a le.sbian, or at best, a bi-s3xual.

In an interview with the Vanguard Newspaper in Nigeria, Yvonne denied ever being a lesbian, disclosing that the rumour was started by a notorious website in Ghana.

The said website claimed it had never seen the actress with a man except girls.

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When she was asked about her real sexual orientation, she looked straight in the eye of the interviewer and said;

“look at me….what do you think? Of course, I am not a lesbian. Lesbianism is against my religious beliefs, it’s against my cultural norms and I think it was very mischievous for people to insinuate such about someone they hardly knew.

“The rumor was started by a notorious website in Ghana last year when they reported that they had never seen me with a man.

“In their warped and twisted calculation, I was thus a lesbian. Can you imagine such crass reasoning?

“That they had not seen me with a man, and may have seen me with my girlfriends going out to have fun, and then automatically I was a lesbian. It was a hatchet job – an attempt to discredit me, but they all failed.

“I am heterosexual and would remain one till the end. When you are in the public light as I have been blessed and privileged to being, your life becomes a public property and some mischievous people will say all manner of things about you. It comes with the territory, so I forgive them.”

Yvonne Nelson Husband

Yvonne Nelson is currently not married.

In the past, Yvonne Nelson deeply fell in love with Nigerian singer, Inyanya, who only ended up ‘misusing her waist and dumping’ her.

Her next publicly known relationship was with one British man in the person of Jamie Roberts — a well-known British Photographer.

Yvonne Nelson husband, daughter Ryn Roberts and baby daddy Jamie Roberts.
Yvonne Nelson with her daughter, Ryn Roberts, and baby daddy, Jamie Roberts

In recent times, Yvonne Nelson has expressed her frustrations at not getting the “right” Ghanaian man to be with.

She further explained that some of the Ghanaian men she had met didn’t even believe it when she said she liked them.

Baby Daddy Jamie Roberts

Yvonne Nelson was previously in a sexual relationship with Jamie Roberts — a British photographer.

In 2017, when photos of Yvonne showing her baby bump surfaced on the internet, many were surprised as to who the father of her then unborn baby was.

The identity of the man responsible for Yvonne Nelson’s pregnancy was later revealed as Jamie Roberts — a well-known British photographer.

Unfortunately, things began to fall apart for Yvonne Nelson when reports of her newly found love, Jamie Roberts, surfaced on social media that he was already a married man.

According to the said reports, Jaime Roberts was married to a Nigerian lady named, Keela Harrison, with two children.

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When Yvonne Nelson could no more soak the pressure, she decided to delete all the romantic photos they had taken together.

She even unfollowed her once-upon-a-time Prince Charming, Jamie Roberts, on Instagram.

When Yvonne was asked to comment about her relationship with the father of her daughter, this is what she said:

“Everyone knows we’re not together; we are not together.”

Daughter Ryn Roberts

On Sunday, October 29th, 2017, Yvonne Nelson and her then lover, Jamie Roberts, welcomed into this world, a beautiful bouncing baby girl named, Ryn Roberts.

During her second birthday, Jamie together with Yvonne Nelson shared photos of their daughter, Ryn Roberts.

Jamie wrote on his Instagram page:

“Happy 2nd Birthday to the world’s greatest napping buddy. So proud to see you grow into the smart and strong girl you are already. Such a blessed father I am. #thankful.”

Yvonne Nelson Movie Career

According to Yvonne Nelson, who started her career as a musician (rapper), becoming an actress was not a calling but purely accidental.

 “I never dreamt of becoming an actress. I had no interest in it. I was rather into music.

“Back at Aggrey Memorial, I used to rap on stage. Anyway, I am not surprised I am into acting since it’s all about showbiz,” Yvonne revealed.

She continued that she never went for any movie auditions as most of her compatriots did.

She had only gone for lunch at a venue where an audition was to take place and the rest, they say, is history.

“I never went for an audition for a movie. I was just going to have lunch somewhere one afternoon and there was an audition going on.

“So the producer saw me and was like, are you here for the audition? And I said no.

“He asked again, are you sure? I said yes, but he later managed to get my number and called me.

“So I thought ok let me try my hands on it. That is how it started. I have not regretted it. I have no regrets, Yvonne Nelson disclosed.

Before her movie career took off, Yvonne Nelson had auditioned at Farmhouse for a TV series known as,  “Fortune Island”.

The TV series, “Fortune Island”, however, did not start showing until she went into mainstream acting.

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Yvonne Nelson came in the limelight after she played a supporting role in the movie, “The Return of Beyonce” — which featured the likes of Van Vicker, Jackie Appiah, Nadia Buari, among other top stars.

She earned her first lead role in the movie, “Princess Tyra” by Venus Films, which shot her to fame.

After successfully starring in about five more movies, Yvonne travelled to Nigeria to shoot her first collaboration with Genevieve Nnaji in 2007, which launched her career in Nollywood.

Within a period of two-and-a-half years, she had starred in over twenty (20) movies.

In 2011, Yvonne started another career in movie/film production, and the first movie she produced was titled, “The Price”.

In 2012, she produced another superb movie titled, “Single And Married”.

A year later, she won “Best Picture” at the Ghana Movie Awards, and the “Best Ghanaian Movie” in Nigeria at the 2013 City People Awards. She later bagged “House of Gold” in 2013 that same year.


  • Fifty Fifty
  • Sin City
  • Fix Us
  • 4Play Reloaded
  • Any Other Monday
  • The Black Taliban
  • Blood is Thick
  • Classic Love
  • Crime Suspect
  • Crime to Christ
  • Deadly Passion
  • Deadly Plot
  • Desperate to Live
  • Diary of a Player
  • Doctor May
  • Fantasia
  • Festival of Love
  • Folly
  • Forbidden Fruit
  • The Game
  • Girls Connection
  • Gold Diggin
  • Golden Adventure
  • Heart of Men
  • House of Gold
  • If Tomorrow Never Comes
  • In April
  • Keep My Love
  • Local Sense
  • Losing You
  • Love and Crises
  • Love War
  • Material Girl
  • The Mistresses
  • My Cash Adventure
  • My Loving Heart
  • Obsession
  • One Night In Vegas
  • Passion of the Soul
  • Plan B
  • The Playboy
  • Pool Party
  • The Price
  • The Prince’s Bride
  • Princess Tyra
  • The Queen’s Pride
  • The Return of Beyonce
  • Save The Last Kiss
  • Save My Love
  • Single and Married (2012)
  • Single, Married and Complicated
  • Strength of a Man
  • Swings
  • Tears of Womanhood
  • Threesome
  • To Love and Cherish
  • Trapped in the Game
  • Who Am I
  • Yvonne’s Tears


Not only is Yvonne Nelson an actress and film producer but a successful business woman

She owns a hairline and fashion shop called “YN’s Closet” which is stocked with the latest clothing lines you can ever think of.

2005 Miss Ghana Contestant

In the 2005 Miss Ghana beauty pageant, Yvonne Nelson was one of the chosen five finalists on the night who was highly tipped to wear the enviable crown because of her striking beauty.

Unfortunately for Yvonne, she failed to win the ultimate crown, which was clinched by Miss Lamisi Mbillah as the 2005 Miss Ghana winner.

Ursula Naa Dei Neequaye and Maame Efua Anane-Darko were adjudged the first runner-up and second runner-up respectively.

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Dumsor Politics, E-Levy

The CEO of YN Productions has declared her intention of running for political office in Ghana someday.

In 2015, during the reign of former President John Dramani Mahama, Yvonne Nelson, together with other ‘celebrities’ in the movie industry, led a group of demonstrators to protest against the energy crisis which had infamously become known as #Dumsor.

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On Saturday, May 16th, 2015, the ‘Princess Tyra’ actress led a peaceful vigil with the hash tag, #DumsorMustStop.

The hash tag, #DumsorMustStop was also used on all social media platforms to raise awareness and issues with the untold hardship the energy crisis (#Dumsor) brought upon Ghanaians during former President John Dramani Mahama’s administration.

Yvonne Nelson recently also criticized President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the introduction of the obnoxious E-Levy, stating:

 “The E-Levy, Ghanaians do not like the idea, so why don’t we listen to Ghanaians. They are not happy about it, why don’t we listen to Ghanaians, it’s really that simple.”

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Foundation, Charity, Philanthropy

In 2010, the “Princess Tyra” actress launched the “Yvonne Nelson Glaucoma Foundation (YNGF)” to help create awareness about the glaucoma disease.

What inspired Yvonne Nelson to set up the foundation was after a close family member of hers got affected by the glaucoma disease.

Glaucoma is a progressive disease that affects the optic nerve. It is known as the “silent thief of sight” and is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide.

She started the project by producing a star-studded campaign music video which featured herself (Yvonne Nelson) alongside Sarkodie, Edem, Fresh Prince, Trigmatic, Bola-Ray, John Dumelo, and Majid Michel.

Recognition, Honours

  • In 2013, Yvonne was honoured by GoWoman Magazine and Printex for her efforts in setting up the Glaucoma foundation to fight the disease, and her film career.
  • In 2018, for initiating, fighting, and creating massive awareness about the Glaucoma disease, Yvonne Nelson was honoured with a special award at the “MTN Heroes of Change”.

Awards, Nominations

  • 2018 — Best Actress (Jungle Justice) — @Ghana Movie Awards — Winner!
  • 2016 — Best Actress (In April) — @Ghana Movie Awards — Nominated
  • 2015 — Most Stylish Movie Star — @Glitz Style Awards — Winner!
  • 2015 — Best Actress – Leading Role (If Tomorrow Never Comes) — @Ghana Movie Awards — Winner!
  • 2015 — Best Picture (If Tomorrow Never Comes) — @Ghana Movie Awards — Nominated
  • 2015 — Favourite Actress (If Tomorrow Never Comes) — @Ghana Movie Awards — Nominated
  • 2014 — Best Actress – Leading Role (Bachelors) — @Ghana Movie Awards — Nominated
  • 2013 — Hottest Ghanaian Actress in Nollywood — @City People Entertainment Awards — Winner!
  • 2013 — Glitz Magazine Fans Favorite Actress — @Ghana Movie Awards — Winner!
  • 2013 — Best Actress — @Ghana Movie Awards — Nominated
  • 2012 — Best Picture (Single & Married) — @Ghana Movie Awards — Winner!
  • 2012 — Best Actress (Single & Married) — @Ghana Movie Awards — Nominated
  • 2012 — Best Picture-Africa Collaboration (Single & Married) — @Ghana Movie Awards — Nominated
  • 2011 — Best Ghanaian Actress — @City People Awards — Winner!
  • 2011 — Best Actress – Supporting Role (4Play Reloaded) — @Ghana Movie Awards — Nominated
  • 2010 — Favourite Actress — @Ghana Movie Awards — Winner!
  • 2010 — Best Actress – Supporting Role (The Game) — @Ghana Movie Awards — Nominated
  • 2010 — Best Supporting Actress (Heart of Men) — @6th Africa Movie Academy Awards — Nominated
  • 2009 — Stars Best Actress — @Joy Nite FM Awards — Winner!
  • 2008 — Best Upcoming Actress (Princess Tyra) — @4th Africa Movie Academy Awards — Nominated

Yvonne Nelson Instagram

#yvonnenelsongh Or https://www.instagram.com/yvonnenelsongh/

Yvonne Nelson Twitter

#yvonnenelsongh or https://twitter.com/yvonnenelsongh

Yvonne Nelson Facebook

#ynproductionsgh or https://www.facebook.com/ynproductionsgh

Source: George Awiadem Maclean | BieGyaNation.Com

Where is Yvonne Nelson from?

Yvonne Nelson is a Fante and comes from Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana.

Who is the husband of Yvonne Nelson?

Yvonne Nelson is not married and therefore has no husband as of this year, 2022.

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