Van Vicker – Joseph Van Vicker

Joseph van Vicker (born 1 August 1977), better known as Van Vicker, is a Ghanaian actor. He received two nominations for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” and “Best Upcoming Actor” at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008.


Vicker was born to a Liberian mother and a Dutch father. His father died when he was six years old. 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, along with fellow actor Majid Michel. Mfantsipim is also the alma mater of former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.



Vicker started out in the entertainment world in radio as a presenter at Groove 106.3 fm (1999–2000) & Vibe 91.9fm (2001–04) and as a television personality for TV3 Ghana (1997–99) & Metro TV (2000–04), Vicker appeared in the Ghanaian television series Suncity, which depicted university life. He played the character of LeRoy King, Jr, a fine arts student born in the U.S. who arrives at Suncity to complete his education. The series ran for a total of 10 episodes.


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 Aygemang and Majid Michel who were cast in the female and male lead respectively.

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

Nollywood breakthrough

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 MateHeart of FirePopular KingGambling with MarriageHarvest of LoveStolen WillThe Joy of a PrinceDiscoveredThe Kingdom and Against the law.

International success

Vicker is one of the renowned African actors worldwide. He has directed, starred and produced five films under his sky + Orange Productions since 2008. 2012 was the brightest year for his production house earning him best actor and director for his smash comedy Joni waka.

Vicker has won and has been nominated for 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. In 2013, he won the Best International Actor award at the Papyrus Magazine Screen Actors Awards (PAMSAA) 2013, which was held in Abuja, Nigeria.


Vicker is married to Adjoa Vicker and they have three children, two daughters and a son. He is the CEO of Sky + Orange Productions, a film production house. Van Vicker Training facility is the latest entrepreneurship of Vicker, where students are trained in the field in acting by professionals. The Van Vicker Foundation is an outreach program for the youth.


20084th Africa Movie Academy AwardsBest Actor in a Leading RoleReturn Of Beyonce/Princess TyraNominated
Best Upcoming ActorNominated
2009Afro-Hollywood AwardBest Actor (African film category)Won
20102010 Ghana Movie AwardsBest Actor Leading Role (Local Film)Dna TestNominated
20112011 Ghana Movie AwardsBest Actor Leading RolePaparazziNominated
2011Pan African Film FestivalAfrica Channel’s Creative Achievement AwardHimselfWon
2012NafcaBest Comedy MovieJoni WakaWon
20132013 Ghana Movie AwardsBest Actor (Local Film)Joni WakaWon
Pyprus Magazine Screen Actors AwardsBest International ActorWon
20142014 Ghana Movie AwardsFavourite ActorNominated
20162016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice AwardsBest Actor Drama/SeriesA long NightNominated
2016 Nigeria Entertainment AwardsBest Actor Africa/Non NigerianNominated
KumaWood AwardsBest CollaborationBroni W’awuWon


2004Divine Lovewith Majid Michel & Jackie Aygemang
2006Beyonce: The President’s DaughterRajwith Nadia Buari & Jackie Aygemang
Darkness of SorrowCK (Charles)with Nadia Buari
Mummy’s Daughterwith Nadia Buari & Jackie Aygemang & Okediji Alexandra
The Return of BeyonceRajwith Nadia Buari & Jackie Aygemang
2007American Boy“Nelly”with Nadia Buari
I Hate WomenRockywith Jackie Aygemang
Innocent Soul
In the Eyes of My HusbandLeowith Nadia Buari
Princess TyraKaywith Jackie Aygemang, Yvonne Nelson
Royal BattleLawrencewith Majid Michel & Jackie Aygemang
Slave to Lustwith Nadia Buari, Ini Edo, Mike Ezuruonye & Olu Jacobs
Wedlock of the Gods
2008Broken TearsBenwith Genevieve Nnaji & Kate Henshaw-Nuttal
Corporate MaidDesmond
Friday Night
Jealous PrincessSamwith Chika Ike & Oge Okoye
River of TearsBenwith Genevieve Nnaji & Kate Henshaw-Nuttal
Total LoveNickwith Jackie Aygemang
2009Twilight SistersMickywith Oge Okoye
Royal WarUzodimmawith Ini Edo
2009Beyond ConspiracyMichael
2010Loyal Enemies
2010Kingdom in Flames
2011Paparazzi Eye In The DarkRich
2013One Night In VegasTonywith Jimmy Jean-Louis, Michael Blackson, Sarodj Bertin
2016SkinnedRobert/ Bobbywith LisaRaye McCoy, Jasmine Burke

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