Biography of Shirley Frimpong-Manso: A Director with Outstanding Skills

Shirley Frimpong-Manso- AMAA Best Director of the Year 2010

Shirley Frimpong Manso is a Ghanaian movie producer/writer/director emerging as the biggest force to reckon with in terms of quality Ghanaian movies. She is the CEO of Sparrow Productions and a former radio personality. Unlike the job she does, she is a very private person. By far one of the most talented and highly ambitious young women in Ghana today, Shirley seeks to raise the standard of film production in Ghana and Africa by telling progressive African stories as seen through the eyes of Africans. She won the ‘Best Best Director’ at the African Movie Academy Awards 2010.

Shirley gave birth to a lovely baby boy in March 2010.

Early Life

Born on the 16th of March 1977, Shirley hails from Kwahu Pepease (father side) and Akropong-Akuapim (mother side) all in the Eastern Region- Ghana. She begun directing and writing for the kids as she used to play with as a child. “I will organize them into groups and we will always put up some drama imagining that there was a huge audience. It just felt like a lot more fun than playing with sand and dolls. I continued in secondary school when I realized I was having more fun in English and Literature class than anywhere else. Then I knew I really wanted to pursue it once I enrolled into NAFTI,” she said.

Shirley attended Mfantsiman Girls Secondary School in the Central Region and obtained her “A” level certificate in 1996. She worked as a presenter at Radio Gold after graduation.

Road To Success

In the year 2000, Shirley took a degree course at the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI).

She had to combine studies with the radio work. During her studies at NAFTI, she met Juliet Asante of the “oo Baby” and owner of Eagle productions, they did a collaboration and brought together the once most exciting show on television, “Heart to Heart” for two years under Eagle Productions. After two years of “Heart to Heart”, Shirley decided to register a company to bring out her ideas. In August 2003, Sparrows Productions was registered. After school, Shirley took the full position of CEO of Sparrows Productions.

Sparrows Productions is also an advertisement and television production firm.

Her works

With a background in directing, writing, presenting, producing; and event organization, Shirley Frimpong – Manso brings to the Ghanaian entertainment Industry a rich and varied experience.

Shirley graduated with first class honors in Film Directing from the National Film and Television Institute and has written, produced and directed:

Different Shades of Blue- A television serial about five university girls who share a dormitory in a university hostel.

Personalities Kitchen- A cooking program that hosts two personalities and challenges them to a rice meal of their choice.

The Miss Ghana Pageant- She produced two semifinalists at the Miss World event within five years during her time.


Her movie, “A Sting In A Tale” has received an award at the 18th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival in the category ‘Audience Favorite-Narrative Feature’. She has five very popular and widely acclaimed Ghanaian movies:

1. Life And Living It

2.      Scorned

3.      The Perfect Picture

4.      A Sting In A Tale

5.      Check Mate

6.      6 Hours to Christmas


African Movie Academy Awards 2010- Best Director of the Year

African Movie Academy Awards 2010- ‘A Sting In A Tale’ won the ‘Best Sound Track’ award

18th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival- ‘A Sting In A Tale’ took home the award for ‘Audience Favorite-Narrative Feature’

Shirley’s Quotes:

“I’m a disciplinarian, I don’t condone gossip and I don’t suffer fools easily”

“I like to learn, I’m open to sensible criticism, and I have a lot of respect for people with principles”.

Shirley is generally inspired by people who tread where only a few go… President Obama, Mandela, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey. Every-day events inspire her stories.




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  1. hi shirley i like your styles and keep up the good work and shd bless you guide you and also give you more vision i know you are going to hit good the next time cal;l me when you are around up here in the usa ,email address [email protected]

  2. No doubt, ‘perfect picture and life n living it’ my favorite ghanaian movie of all time, love love love it. Congrats and keep it coming.

  3. I think this girl is exceptionally talented girl with a lot of passion. I know the father very well before he died, a very handsome man who died early unfortunately. I also think shirley took after the father, because the man was a very educated and talented man who once headed a prominent company in ghana. i am not surprised the way she is going there is more to come. go girl and make your dad proud, our prayers are with you buddy

  4. her movies are very good but when i watch them it doesn’t make me miss home i feel like am watching black american movies cos i dont feel the african in it. well maybe i prefer the traditional ones more intia

  5. @Nanayaa I agree wid u on da black american stuff. Although Shirley is currently da best movie maker in Ghana now but I think she shd also try her hands on storylines dat seem 2 portray how the ordinary Ghanaian talks and behaves. She tried 2 do dat in “a sting in a tale” but it seems 2 me like a hollywood production.”I sing of a well” is a classic example of dat cos it has the african feel and also gud quality. To be honest she’s gud at wat she does but I strongly think she shd try her hands on making her movies more Ghanaian dan all the tyme trying 2 be exactly like hollywood since we watch african movies cos of how they are.She’s the one currently holding da torch 4 the industry so she shd jst cut down on the western mannerisms.

  6. Thanks @TheChuckylee! I strongly agree with you, Shirley is doing it big right now and putting GHANA on the map.

  7. Je suis francophone née mais je suis une fan des films de nos frères africains: nigéria, ghana, côte d’ivoire, tanzanie, afrique du sud …
    J’ai découvert le travail de Shirley par «Scorned» et «the perfect picture» n’a fait que me motiver à chercher désormais que des films produits par elle. travail impeccable !!!
    Madame Shirley, je vous lève mon chapeau, continuez ainsi


      I am French born, but I am a fan of films of our African brothers: nigeria, ghana, ivory coast, tanzania, south africa …
      I discovered the work of Shirley by “Scorned” and “the perfect picture” that has now motivated me to watch films produced by her. perfect work!
      Shirley, I take-off my hat, keep it up

  8. I’m beginning to like u a lot after reading ur bio.My fiancee likes u and says u are his role model.I get jealous though but i’m ok.he is an event organizer,

  9. indeed u ‘re the single maize grain that bestowed unto ananse the enviable fount of honour.the craft of ‘ur mind at hand denotes the art of ‘ur heart. undoubtedly,’ur passion 4 quality n reality stands u out as a living inspiration to the ghanaian youth at present me with shirley, everyday is a beautiful story of a brighter tomorrow which grows into splendid future.anyway haven come this far i bear with Cecil Rhodes,”it is still so little done and so much to do…….

  10. Notting going to happen, unless we make it happen. And thats the work you ve DONE ….AYEEKOO Shirley!!! well i spotted you in my town Tadi. and l think i got some work for you. let talk about it privately.

  11. Your picture quality makes me desire Ghana Movies. I Only buy Sparrow Production movies. You have the BEst Picture Quality I have ever seen on Ghanaian screens. Keep It up and please initiate an empowerment programm for both males and females. best regards.

  12. if i say it’s gud den believe me it is. shirley’s movies do not spoonfeed, u wont understand if u make no effort to. her movies tells us the purpose of our minds -to utilize them

  13. I hav hearing of u for 3 yrs now.i nvr new dis is de wonderful things dat u for mother ghana and Africa as a whole.Thank u n may ALLAH bestow his blessing u n so u can give us more. cos i cant wait to touched again.kudos to u n ur production team…….

  14. originality,personality and the modern african style her movie treads on makes her the best.we are learning from you shirley.keep up the good work.