Jackie Appiah is a Ghanaian actress known for her role in over 60 films during her career, including Divine Love, Black Soul and Wind of Sorrow. Born in Canada, Jackie moved to Ghana with her mother at the age of 10. As the youngest of 5 children, Appiah had a knack for entertaining and was a runner up at the Talent Teens Competition, starting out at the young age of 12 in her local church group. This was the beginning of her taste for performing, and she began focusing on her acting career and honing her skills to become one of the most successful actresses in Ghana.
Early on she was noted for her reserve and quiet nature while on the set of her movies, but later overcame her nerves to become an A-list actress. Since her start in the film industry, Jackie has grown into a confident, independent and well known persona offering meaningful messages through her portrayal of parts in both film and television.
Appiah’s career started when she was cast for a role in the TV series, Things We Do for Love. Playing the part of Enyonam Blagogee, her career quickly took off and she became an international superstar. But television wasn’t the only part of her acting career. With the help of Van Vicker and Nadia Buari, she made a name for herself in the film industry when starring in the mega hit film: Beyoncé: The President’s Daughter.
Jackie has gone on to win a number of awards, including the Best Supporting Actress in the AMAA back in 2007. In addition to gracing numerous billboards, Appiah is also known for her work with awareness and education with HIV.
After playing a character who tests positive for HIV in the film Stigma, Appiah took the viral reaction of the movie to heart and began leveraging her stardom to bring awareness and education to the public in Ghana. Currently she supports a wide range of awareness groups, and acts as a spokesperson for AIDS in Ghana.
But Appiah is not the only one concerned about this serious disease that her countrymen face. Ghana has reported that over 150,000 people are infected with HIV in the country. In response to the epidemic, the country has initiated an awareness and support program called the Ghana Aids Commission.
After her divorce from Peter Agyeman, for 3 years the actress hasn’t been in the media for her love life. In fact, in January 2016, she was shown sporting a T-shirt that read, “No boyfriend, no problem” hinting at the fact that she is loving the single life.
Her personal life continues to be in the spotlight as she appears to be mending old relationships as well. The notorious feud between her and fellow star, Nadia Buari, may have come to an end after photos surfaced of her and Nadia together with P-Sqaure’s, Peter, in 2015. Many fans wonder if the duo will get together again for another film.
With accolades and awards, on-going support and awareness efforts regarding the HIV epidemic in Ghana, recent divorce, and on-going relationship mending, one thing is for sure, Jackie Appiah still has a long and potentially prosperous career ahead of herself. We can only hope that she continues to drive positive change and influence in the future while she works towards her own personal goals.