Van Vicker

Joseph van Vicker (born 1 August 1977),[2] better known as Van Vicker, is a Ghanaian actor,movie director and humanitarian.He is the CEO of Sky + Orange production,a film production house.Van Vicker received two nominations for "Best Actor in a Leading Role" and "Best Upcoming Actor" at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008.[3][4]

Joseph van Vicker
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Van Vicker, 2016
Joseph van Vicker

(1977-08-01) 1 August 1977 (age 43)
OccupationFilm, television actor
Years active2000–present [1]

Early lifeEdit

Vicker was born in Accra, Ghana on to a Ghanaian/ Liberian mother[5] and a Dutch father.[6][7][8] His father died when he was six years old.[7] He has often cited in interviews that he considers himself a global citizen as he was raised all over the world by his mother. Due to the early death of his father Vicker has stated that he is very close to his mother and considers her his hero.

Vicker attended Mfantsipim School,[9] along with fellow actor Majid Michel.



Vicker started out in the entertainment world in radio as a presenter at Groove 106.3 fm (1999–2000) and Vibe 91.9fm (2001–2004) and as a television personality for TV3 Ghana (1997–1999) & Metro TV (2000–2004), Vicker appeared in the Ghanaian television series Sun city, which depicted university life. He played the character of LeRoy King Jr., a Fine Arts student born in the U.S. who arrives at Sun city to complete his education. The series ran for a total of 10 episodes.[10]


Soon, Vicker was cast in his first film Divine Love as a supporting character. This film coincidentally, was also the debut roles for fellow actors Jackie Appiah and Majid Michel who were cast in the female and male lead respectively.[11]

Vicker is usually cast as the male romantic lead, often alongside actresses Jackie Appiah and Nadia Buari. He is often compared to fellow Ghanaian actor Majid Michel and Nigerian Ramsey Nouah.[7]

Nollywood breakthroughEdit

Vicker has appeared in numerous Nollywood films alongside prominent Nollywood actors, including Tonto Dikeh, Mercy Johnson, Stephanie Okereke, Chika Ike and Jim Iyke. His Nollywood movies include; My Soul Mate, Heart of Fire, Popular King, Gambling with Marriage, Harvest of Love, Stolen Will, The Joy of a Prince, Discovered, The Kingdom and Against the law.

International successEdit

Vicker on the set of Australian film Cop's Enemy with Prema Smith and John K-ay

Vicker has directed, starred in, and produced five films under his Sky + Orange Productions since 2008. 2012 was the biggest year for his production house, earning him the NAFCA Best Actor and Director Awards for his comedy movie, Joni Waka.[12]

Vicker has been nominated for and won numerous awards from Africa to the Caribbean. Awards include Ghana Movie Awards, ACRAG awards and the Nollywood Academy Films Critics’ Awards. In 2009, he won the Best African Caribbean Actor and Best Actor African American and in 2011, he won the Pan African creative actor.[13] In 2013, he won the Best International Actor award at the Papyrus Magazine Screen Actors Awards (PAMSAA) 2013, which was held in Abuja, Nigeria.[14]

Personal life and other projectsEdit

Van Vicker is married to Adjoa Vicker.The two wed in 2003 and have two children together. Van Vicker has been linked to several ladies with mental conditions claiming to be his wife. However, he simply laughs at the numerous stories and celebrates his wife Adjoa. .[15] He is the CEO of Sky + Orange Productions, a film production house. Van Vicker Training facility is the latest entrepreneurship venture of Vicker, where students are trained in the field in acting by professionals. The Van Vicker Foundation is an outreach program for the youth.[7]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2008 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role The Return of Beyonce/Princess Tyra Nominated
Best Upcoming Actor Nominated[3][4]
2009 Afro-Hollywood Award Best Actor (African film category) Won[10][16]
2010 2010 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actor Leading Role (Local Film) Dna Test Nominated
2011 2011 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actor Leading Role Paparazzi Nominated
2011 Pan African Film Festival Africa Channel's Creative Achievement Award Himself Won[17]
2012 Nafca Best Comedy Movie Joni Waka Won
2013 2013 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actor (Local Film) Joni Waka Won[18]
Pyprus Magazine Screen Actors Awards Best International Actor Won
2014 2014 Ghana Movie Awards Favourite Actor Nominated
2015 Nafca Best Actor in a Leading role (Diaspora film) Heart Breaker’s Revenge Nominated
2016 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Actor Drama/Series A long Night Nominated
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actor Africa/Non Nigerian Nominated
KumaWood Awards Best Collaboration Broni W'awu Won


Year Film Role Notes
2004 Divine Love with Majid Michel & Jackie Aygemang
2006 Beyonce: The President's Daughter Raj with Nadia Buari & Jackie Aygemang
Darkness of Sorrow CK (Charles) with Nadia Buari
Mummy's Daughter with Nadia Buari & Jackie Aygemang & Okediji Alexandra
The Return of Beyonce Raj with Nadia Buari & Jackie Aygemang
2007 American Boy "Nelly" with Nadia Buari
I Hate Women Rocky with Jackie Aygemang
Innocent Soul
In the Eyes of My Husband Leo with Nadia Buari
Princess Tyra Kay with Jackie Aygemang, Yvonne Nelson
Royal Battle Lawrence with Majid Michel & Jackie Aygemang
Slave to Lust with Nadia Buari, Ini Edo, Mike Ezuruonye & Olu Jacobs
Wedlock of the Gods
2008 Broken Tears Ben with Genevieve Nnaji & Kate Henshaw-Nuttal
Corporate Maid Desmond
Friday Night
Jealous Princess Sam with Chika Ike & Oge Okoye
River of Tears Ben with Genevieve Nnaji & Kate Henshaw-Nuttal
Total Love Nick[citation needed] with Jackie Aygemang
2009 Twilight Sisters Micky with Oge Okoye
Royal War Uzodimma with Ini Edo, Rachael Okonkwo
2009 Beyond Conspiracy[19] Michael
2010 Discovered[19]
2010 Loyal Enemies[19]
2010 Kingdom in Flames[20]
2011 Paparazzi Eye In The Dark Rich
2013 One Night In Vegas Tony with Jimmy Jean-Louis, Michael Blackson, Sarodj Bertin
2014 The Heart Breaker’s Revenge Dalyboy with Dalyboy Belgason, Brittany Mayti, Sarodj Bertin
2016 Skinned Robert/ Bobby with LisaRaye McCoy, Jasmine Burke
2017 Cop's Enemy Christopher "Shadow" Ifechi
Pending Day After Death with Wema Sepetu


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  2. ^ "birthday". Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Africa Movie Academy Awards' nominees take a bow in Josies". Archived from the original on 8 February 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2009.
  4. ^ a b "AMAA Nominees and Winners 2008". Africa Movie Academy Award. Archived from the original on 5 April 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
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  6. ^ Olatunji, Samuel (21 January 2010). "My life, my story, my wife— Van Vicker". The Daily Sun. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  7. ^ a b c d "Van's Biography". Archived from the original on 28 March 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Van Vicker (the well-known African actor) in Boston". Massachusetts, USA: BELMIZIK-FM. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Van Vicker". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Van Vicker - Exploits of a Ghanaian in Nollywood". AllAfrica Global Media. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  11. ^ ""If I Was Here There Would Be No Majid"…. Van Vicker". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Van Vicker Wins NAFCA Best Comedy Award". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Van Vicker stays Winning!". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Van Vicker wins Best International Actor at PAMSAA 2013". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  15. ^ Danyels, Kwasy. "Happy Anniversary: Van Vicker lauds his wife on 14th Wedding Anniversary". Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  16. ^ Akande, Victor (15 November 2010). "London agog for Afro Hollywood Award 2009". The Nation. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  17. ^ "Van Vicker To Receive Creative Award At The 20th Annual Pan African Film Festival", News Ghana, 1 February 2012.
  18. ^ "Nadia Buari & Van Vicker Bag Best Actress and Actor at 2012 Ghana Movie Awards". twimovies. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  19. ^ a b c "Van Vicker". Van Vicker. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  20. ^ "Movies". Van Vicker. Retrieved 23 April 2016.

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