Yvonne Nelson - My Lesbian Story TrendyVoice

9 August 2015

Yvonne Nelson - My Lesbian Story

"I like Jim Iyke because he is a hot guy"

My interview with top Ghanaian actress – Yvonne
Nelson-was a revelation in so many ways. Of the
leading Nollywood stars, Yvonne is among those I
had not had a close relationship with.
I had watched her from afar, seen countless number
of her movies and had always thought she was a
great and talented actress – someone who combined
poise, beauty and style. I had also heard of some
unsavory things ascribed to her – the rumors of
sexual orientation which some say verged between
pure lesbianism and bi-sexualism – all manner of
shenanigans that had been whispered and published
about her.
Some years ago, she came out with a movie, "Heart
of Men", in which she seemed to have appeared in
frontal nudity– a development that set off a firestorm
of protest among Nollywood lovers –with many
condemning the exploitation of graphic sexual
images to promote and sell movies – which was a
deviation of what Nollywood had always been seen to
represent: a family friendly entertainment medium.

Added to an alleged fight for
supremacy between her and
fellow Ghanaian actress –
Jackie Appiah – a development
that was said to have resulted
in her much publicized one-
year ban from Nollywood- you
begin to have a profile of an
actress who may come across
as a diva and somewhat
It was with mindset that I
welcomed the chance to
interview Yvonne Nelson, when her representative
called and informed me that the pretty actress was in
New York, and would love to talk to me. And so, on
the balmy and unseasonably warm evening of March,
I drove to the Marriot Hotel located at the heart of
Times Square, Manhattan, where she was staying, to
do this interview.

Bad girl roles

The first revelation was that Yvonne Nelson is an
exceedingly pretty actress –far prettier in real life
than in her movies. Second, she is a far cry from
those bad girl roles she plays in movies. Yvonne
neither smokes nor drinks. An offer of drinks from
me was flatly but graciously rejected. Her depiction
as a diva also felt flat because the Yvonne that I saw
and interviewed was thoroughly grounded and even
So why all the misconceptions?, I asked her. In a
diction and vocal cadence that showed a highly
educated and urbane mind, Yvonne told me she had
been hugely misunderstood. "That is why I am willing
to address some of those misconceptions now. Even
though it pains me to have to talk about them, but I
will. I am nothing close to the roles I play in movies.
People should understand that I am an actresses and
I get scripts that expect me to act in a certain

As a consummate professional, I am not
going to turn down those scripts because
I was expected to act in a certain manner,"she said. "I
am aware that some people took exception to the
role I played in the movie "Heart of Men" where there
appeared to be some form of frontal nudity, but the
truth of the matter is that there was no such overt
display of nudity. But let's even for the sake of
argument say there was some nudity, why are we so
judgmental and somewhat hypocritical?
The same people who took issues with that movie
watch Hollywood movies where sexually graphic
scenes are shown in a most morally appalling
manner. We don't condemn such roles; we, as a
matter of fact, celebrate such roles. I am not an
advocate of nudity or sexually graphic images in our
movies. I have actually spoken against some of those
tendencies; I will never appear frontally nude in any
movie no matter the fees promised.
"I have morals and my morals are held closely to my
chest. As you may recall, I was not the only person in
that scene; there were others, and I am always at a
loss when my role appeared to have been the one
that garnered the most reaction. If you have been
following the industry, which I believe you do, overt
resort to nudity has been greatly reduced. It was a
phase-one that was experimented by some
producers and realizing that it ran counter to the
values that Nollywood orGallywood espoused, the
producers went back to doing stories that are heavy
on family values."

One of the rumors that dominated the industry, last
year, was one that centered on her sexual
orientation. It was widely speculated that Yvonne
Nelson was a lesbian or, at best, a bi-sexual. Until
this moment, Yvonne had not commented on that
rumor and when I asked her what her real sexual
orientation was, she looked me straight in the eye
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."

'Jim Iyke and I'

Sometime ago, it was also reported that Yvonne was
in involved in a hot romance with Nollywood actor –
Jim Iyke. Jim Iyke then was hot and heavy with the
Jamaican model – Ketura Hamilton – an affair that
has since ruptured.

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