Van Vicker’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro Ghanaian actor
Is Actor
From Ghana
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male

1 August 1977

Age 43 years

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.

Early life

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 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 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.

Personal life and other projects

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.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2008 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Return Of Beyonce/Princess Tyra Nominated
Best Upcoming Actor Nominated
2009 Afro-Hollywood Award Best Actor (African film category) Won
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
2012 Nafca Best Comedy Movie Joni Waka Won
2013 2013 Ghana Movie Awards Best Actor (Local Film) Joni Waka Won
Pyprus Magazine Screen Actors Awards Best International Actor Won
2014 2014 Ghana Movie Awards Favourite Actor 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 with Jackie Aygemang
2009 Twilight Sisters Micky with Oge Okoye
Royal War Uzodimma with Ini Edo
2009 Beyond Conspiracy Michael
2010 Discovered
2010 Loyal Enemies
2010 Kingdom in Flames
2011 Paparazzi Eye In The Dark Rich
2013 One Night In Vegas Tony with Jimmy Jean-Louis, Michael Blackson, Sarodj Bertin
2016 Skinned Robert/ Bobby with LisaRaye McCoy, Jasmine Burke