Shirley Frimpong-Manso (born 1977) is a Ghanaian film director, writer, and producer. She is the founder and CEO of Sparrow Productions, a film, television and advertising production company.[2] She won Best Director at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards. Frimpong-Manso is also a principal of Sparrow Station, a video streaming service for African entertainment from Sparrow and other African film producers.[3] In 2013, she was ranked the 48th most influential person in Ghana according to Ghana.[4]

Frimpong-Manso is described as one who "seeks to raise the standard of film production in Ghana and Africa by telling progressive African stories as seen through the eyes of Africans."[2] According to her, .Her films are also known for their "fierce female leads,"[5] as they portray African women with agency who can be breadwinners and lead complex lives.[5][6]


Frimpong-Manso is from the Eastern Region of Ghana, from Kwahu Pepease. As a child she organized plays, which "felt a lot more fun than playing with sand and dolls."[2] She graduated in 2000 from the National Film and Television Institute of Ghana and worked as a presenter at Radio Gold, a private station in Accra, and then went on to start Sparrow Productions in 2003.[2]


With producer and actress Juliet Asante, Frimpong-Manso helped produce the TV show Heart to Heart for two years shortly after school. She has also produced:[2]

  • Different Shades of Blue - a television series 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.


Life and Living it2009Sparrow StationFilmThe stories of four male friends: a musician, a dancer, a doctor, and an advertising manager.[7] "Major themes include love, friendship, and family."[8]
Scorned2009Sparrow StationFilm
The Perfect Picture2009Sparrow StationFilmThe story of the lives and loves of several Ghanaian women friends,[10][11] focusing on marriage and societal norms of Ghana that are not represented in Western film.[12] Frimpong-Manso won Best Director for The Perfect Picture at the 2010 African Movie Academy Awards, where her films garnered a total of four awards.
A Sting in a Tale2009Sparrow StationFilm"A cautionary tale about two Ghanaian men scrabbling to find jobs."[13] It won an Audience Favorite award at the 2010 Pan African Film & Arts Festival
Checkmate2010Sparrow StationFilm
Six Hours to Christmas2010Sparrow StationFilmA tale of a creative director whose life was overturned when he was tempted to stray on Christmas Eve.[14]
Peep2011Sparrow Station


TV Series
Contract2012Sparrow StationFilmA successful businessman who desires to avoid marital responsibility contracts with a woman to bear his child.
Adams Apples2011-2013Sparrow StationTV SeriesA 10-part serial released during one year starting in April 2011. It follows the lives of four women (a mother and three adult children) in modern Ghana.[15][16][17]
Potomanto2013Sparrow Station

Africa Magic

FilmAbout "an emotionally sore private investigator who mistakenly stumbles on a case of organ harvesting."[18]
Big for Nothing2013Sparrow StationShort Film
Stranger in my Bed2013Sparrow StationShort Film
Tenant2013Africa MagicTV Series
Devil in the Detail2014Sparrow Station

Africa Magic

Love or Something Like That2014Sparrow Station

Africa Magic

V-Republic2014Sparrow StationTV Series
Grey Dawn2015Sparrow Station

Africa Magic

Rebecca2016Sparrow StationFilm"Abandoned and lost in the middle of a deserted road, an egotistic proper city guy gets a rude awakening when he begins to realize that his only companion, a timid looking village girl who he had been forced to marry only a few hours earlier is anything but ordinary."[19] Nominated in two categories for Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards[19]