Sexy and humble, Van Vicker talks about movies, business and his family

By jamati-Mwabi Kaira-Murdock

Van Vicker is one busy man. Trying to catch up with him was like playing musical chairs. One minute we'd be on and the next he'd have one phone call after another to answer. It may sound like the life of all these celebrity divas we often hear about, but it was far from it. He apologized each time he was pulled away and when we finally got going, Van gave me his full attention. Can you believe that I had to convince him that he is sexy and a movie star?!

Van is so humble. He also showed me his sensitive side when we talked about his parents, wife, and daughters. I caught up with Van on the set of a movie he is currently filming in Nigeria with Desmond, Stephanie, Rita, Mercy and Ramzy. I have so much respect for Van, he talked to me till 3 am when he had to be up and back on the movie set by 7 am! Did you know that Van has a love for directing and is now directing his own movies? You may think you know all about this movie star but you don't. Listen in and let Van fill you in on everything you didn't know and always wanted to know……

Van Vicker - Gollywood Star

Jamati: How did you get into acting? Did you always know you wanted to be an actor?

Van Vicker - It was not planned for. I guess because I had been a TV personality doing an entertainment program, the producer of the first film I played a lead in sort of believed I could do it and approached me. I agreed since I thought it was another challenge for me. I mean I'd already been on TV and on the radio I thought it was cool.

Jamati: So you were well known in Ghana already. Did it surprise you when you found that people all over the world were watching your movies and knew your name?

Van Vicker - Yeah I was very surprised. I had no idea that was the case. You see I know I was doing the movies and all but I did not think I would make an impact on so many people. Not that I thought I was a bad actor but it just did not strike. I guess I just saw it as one of my numerous jobs.

Van Vicker - Sex Symbol

Jamati: When did you realize that you were a movie star? Was there one particular moment?

Van Vicker - I still don't think I am such a big movie star like that but I think I got a taste of that when I started getting calls from around the world. I was thinking to myself, “Ok hold up, what is happening to me, my life?'” The taste of stardom became more real when I visited the USA. It was amazing to see people down the streets of Manhattan as busy as New York is, stopping me for autographs and to take photos. I was blown away but I TRY NOT TO LET IT GET TO MY HEAD! I think it is a blessing for me and I thank the people who have made me what I am.

Jamati: Your female fans really love you! What was the craziest thing a fan did in your presence?

Van Vicker - Hmm, I am trying to think. I remember a lady in Minnesota started crying after she walked in the room I was to be in and they told her I was gone, she broke down in tears. And again in New York this lady just ran straight to me passing security and jumped in my arms. Another lady in New Jersey saw me at the post office and could not believe it and was just touching me all over to be sure and it was so funny. In Maryland, this lady would not come close to me because she did not want to spoil the moment of having to give me a hug so she just stayed away and breathing real hard until she could not hold it any more and then she sprung forward! All these moments I cherish and I want them all to know that whenever I see them I am confused myself and holding my breath as well.

Jamati: You're a sex symbol. How do you handle that title?

Van Vicker - I don't think I am a sex symbol. What makes one a sex symbol?

Van Vicker

Jamati: Are you serious? YES you are a sex symbol. The way women respond to you says you are a sex symbol. Women think you are sexy – women aren't crying and jumping into just anyone's arms.

Van Vicker - Okay let's see, I try to keep in shape at all times so I stay fit. I try to look as presentable as possible. I mean if they like what they see then I MUST nurture what they see.

The Van Vicker Family

Jamati: You have a wife and 2 kids. How have they adjusted to your success?

Van Vicker - Yes I do have a wife and 2 kids and adjusting to my way of life has been a struggle, especially lately. I am here today and tomorrow I am there, talking to them on the phone and all. As for my wife, Adjoa, I think she is going through a lot but I can see she is a strong woman. I mean she has been used to me always being around and more like overnight everything changed. She is very understanding and it is amazing. I mean there are times where I get to Ghana today and I am on another flight the same day or the next day. God knew my destiny and just gave me the perfect one.

Van Vicker - Family Man

Jamati: You have a good woman.

Van Vicker - Thank you.

Jamati: You have 2 daughters?

Van Vicker - Yes, J'dyl is 4 years old and J-ian is going on 2 years.

Jamati: Are you a tough Dad or do they just give you those puppy dog eyes and you say yes to everything?

Van Vicker - I don't think I am a tough Dad but I don't spare the rod. Whenever they get naughty and I spank them for any reason I feel like crying myself. It hurts me so much so see them cry even when it is not my fault. I want to be to them the Dad I never had. Not that I was brought up bad, actually my Mother is the best in the whole world for raising me the way she did, a single mother trying to make ends meet, making all the sacrifices so I could get good education. I just want my kids to have their Dad around because sometimes I feel I missed a part of growing up because my Dad was not there. He died when I was 6 years old.

Jamati: Where was your Dad from?

Van Vicker - My Dad was Dutch from Holland. My mother is from Ghana and Liberia.

Van Vicker - Ghana's Sexy Leading Man

Jamati: Would you like to act in Hollywood?

Van Vicker - A 13 year old boy he will tell you YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSS! I mean it would be the height of my career. I am certain all actors over the world would want to be a part of Hollywood, for me it would be a dream come true and that will be a blessing to count everyday of my life. Can you make it happen? lol

Jamati: Sure…I can do anything! lol. It WILL happen, I know it!


Jamati: The African movie industry has grown to be global in the last few years and you have played a part in it…who doesn't know about Raj, Ciara and Beyonce? lol What are your thoughts on the African movie industry?

Van Vicker - My thoughts on the African movie industry are that WE ARE GETTING THERE. It's taken us a while but only time can tell and I am glad to be a part of the revolution of African movies attaining that height. I think if we had the kind of sophisticated logistics to achieve some of the things we would want to do we would be good as gold.

Jamati: You've added Director and Producer to your resume. Can you tell me about the first movie you directed coming out in April?

Van Vicker - Sure, Friday Night is my first ever produced movie. I directed it myself. I have a passion for directing. The movie will be released in April in the U.S. followed by releases in Ghana, Liberia, and then Nigeria. Nana Ama McBrown co-starred in it. It's about four married men who do mischievous things on their traditional Friday nights outing. My character Pape has a hard time coming to terms with what goes on at these outings but when he finally decides to get mischievous, he ends up in a lot of trouble, including being on national television. This is the first of my many movies to come, by his grace I intend to produce at least 7 or 8 this year. Good stories, great acting.

Jamati: Congratulations on that! Do you have a favorite role in any of your movies that you have been in so far?

Van Vicker - I can't point out any particular one but I love a movie that brings a challenge with it.

Jamati: We've covered a lot but are there things about you that your fans may not know or that you would like them to know?

Van Vicker - My website is under construction now and will be completed soon. The address is People can find all they will need to know, drop me an email, preview upcoming movies, premieres, when I will be in their city, and everything else. I also want people to know that the production house that is producing my movies is called Sky + Orange and the Marketer in the U.S. is called Black Star Entertainment. I want to urge all African movie distributors around the world to contact me at my website to get their share of [the]Van Vicker film collection.

I run a foundation called Van Vicker Foundation. I am trying to reach out to up and coming talents and the less fortunate with regards to movies. That website is under construction as well.

Jamati: Is the foundation in Ghana only?

Van Vicker - Well two of the recipients were competitive and three honoree. For now it is registered in Ghana but I have intentions to register it in the U.S. and Liberia as well.

Jamati: Ignore me for a minute and talk to your fans.

Van Vicker - Without you there would be no me. I appreciate all the love and I wish I could get all your autographs someday.

Jamati: Thank you so much Van for your time and for being so gracious. It was a true pleasure speaking with you. I wish you all the success in the world.

Van Vicker - Apart from my families I want to appreciate a few people, Edward Nyarko (Mr. T), Diana Morris, African Queen (USA), Rabui (Sanga Entertainment) Mr. CNN, Mrs. Mary Cobblah (Coca Cola - Ghana), Yaw Nsarkor (Unilever), Talal Fattal (CEO, Metropolitan Television, Ghana), Salam (Venus Films, Ghana), Samuel (Miracle Films, Ghana) Joe (AA Production, Ghana), Kingsly (Divine Touch Production-Nigeria), TV3 - Ghana, Vibe fm - Ghana, Lintas Ghana Ltd, Chris Warlo (Liberia), Kojo Mensah (UN, Liberia), Celltel - Liberia, and all those who believe in me, I love you all.

Thank you and cheers. God bless and peace out!

Sansha Percil | 3/20/2008 7:31:00 PM
I believe that Van Vicker is truly a blessed individual with achieving so much at his age;being married with two kids,a great and talented actor and now directing his own movies?Congratulations Van,you have done extremely well.Keep up the good work and continue doing what you love best.Always remember to put God FIRST in every thing that you do because,any thing is possible through him.I really believe in these words.Not to mention,personally,I think that Van is the sexiest and most handsome man alive.Honestly,in my years of living I have not seen one man who can compare to Van.He is definitely the best there is.May God continue to bless you.I love you.Your greatest fan.
lisa | 10/1/2009 9:12:00 PM
Hey van
i'm only 13yrs old but you can not believe how obessesd i am with you. loking at you in movies is i dont know but honestly man l love you. when i come to africa i so wanna see you. i mean you always stand out in crowd and guess wat you are such an inspiration to me well i know i'm a girl but i get the impression that you do wat you want wen you want and you always follow ur dreams and honestly i'm so doing that now. that probably didn't make much sense but the bare fact is i love you and good bye. AND PLEASE CAN VAN READ THIS PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, well if he dont tell him that there is a 13yr old girl in england west yourksire- wakefield that absolutely loves him honestly and if just if he can reply i would be totaly gretful ma email is on ma details. YO I LOVE VAN VICKER good luck with anything. and yeah i 4got, van looks a bit like Christan Ronaldo the mnu player
amiesha | 11/29/2009 1:26:00 AM
i like it it is strong nice and loud.
leila | 12/7/2009 1:47:00 AM
Hey ya'll i want 2 holla at my peeps Lol umm so stfu ya'll haters
leila | 12/7/2009 1:51:00 AM
waddup im so bored man
TUM | 8/17/2010 12:48:00 AM
hi van i pray the you be faithful to your wife,coz most of the ladies eyes are on you,be strong and alway put God first in everything you do,SAY BIG NO TO WOMEN HOW ARE TRYING TO SEDUCE YOU,I BELIEVE IN YOU YOU COME OVERCOME THAT OK,LOVE YOU.
nicole hopson | 4/13/2008 9:41:00 PM
HI, enjoyed beyonce movie, would be good to have a sequel not so much 'cause of actors, but 'cause of the message this movie carries, when 1 has seen such tremendous display of emotions about love from man's perspective especially from nonwestern movie, i would be a diservice to fans if we dont see a closure on such a beautiful story telling, besides we don't know if all characters died/not, which lvs room for sequel
Nomfundo | 4/14/2008 7:16:00 PM
Hey Van!!! It's yourb BIGGEST fan... I've read every thing there is about on the internet and trust me you don't stop to amaze me!! I'm falling for your charm more and more.. I have a matric farewell dance coming up soon and if you do ever read this I hope you could please consider being my date. anyway i have to go and I wish you all the success in the world. You have very beautiful children!!!
NEDRA MOLESE | 11/3/2008 9:36:00 PM
Van Vicker i u, u are so cute i loved every movies that u are in,is how u one can charm the women them so ur smile is so nice.ur wife and kids are so nice
Trini | 4/15/2009 3:42:00 AM
Hi Van,

Greeting to you and your family and my the lord continue to bless you in all walks of life. Remember, you are Africa/Ghana shinning and we the FANS you very much. You must also remember that SUCCESS is not measured by your victories, but by your recovery from your failures. So do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.

Love Trini
akosua | 8/27/2009 8:19:00 PM
hi van its 9ice knowing you and your family you are my best actor in the movie industries i wish i could see you one day and shoot a movie with you in belguim i am a 13 year old girl my dream is to become a great actress one day
maloune | 4/26/2008 6:09:00 AM
uzor | 5/11/2008 11:52:00 PM
Oh! Too bad ur married. Wish u d very best though. Ur just awesome.
jenny | 6/4/2008 3:37:00 AM
hey van keep it real da hw we dooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Denise | 6/12/2008 12:22:00 AM
Van Vicker I love the movie "Darkness of Sorrow" You did an excellent job in it. I wish you all the best in your career. God has truly blessed you richly. You really have talent! Keep up the good work.
God bless, Denise.
Monzu | 6/19/2008 2:03:00 PM
Hey van, I'm a great fan of yours I love u so much. I wish to be a friend to u. I remember u in my prayers. I pray that u will live long n live a happy life. I love u van
Calota | 6/26/2008 9:09:00 PM
Van Vicker to tell u the truth i love watching ur shows they are amazing. Now adays i would just watch ur shows just to look at u. Keep up the good work.
sabarina | 7/5/2008 2:22:00 AM
Hi Van! I do realy realy like your movies you are cute,, I never interest to wacht a Negerian movies b4 until see you in it and believe me that movie was boyence,, since then me and my sisters we alwasy wait 4 your new to come out.. we would like to see live someday please keep doing it 4 us all girls all over the world you are something a lady killer lol...I have a Q how can I be a an acter.. from US to Nengeria?
Monamin | 7/23/2008 3:00:00 PM
Your so sexy van but don't let your sexynest bring you down because it will lead you no where but trouble.
Monamin | 7/23/2008 3:03:00 PM
Your so sexy van but don't let your sexynest bring you down because it will lead you no where but trouble.
sabrina | 1/13/2009 4:12:00 PM
I've just joined this site and it looks great.
natalie | 7/10/2009 2:44:00 PM
luv u and ur movies van vicker
S. Mosley | 8/2/2008 10:00:00 PM
Van, you are the best. I have enjoyed most your movies, I have smiled, laughed and just this morning I have cried("My Story). Van I wish you, your family , your country "God's Blessings"
zola charles | 8/7/2008 5:06:00 PM
love your movies
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shavell rowe | 10/3/2008 3:32:00 AM
hey van i just want u to know that i am going crazy about you i read everything about you and it is very intresting,anyway i am happy that u are married and have a life now... even though it hurts lol well i wish u all the best in life and i want u remember that i will always love you no mater wat ok hugs and kisses
marie | 10/5/2008 4:28:00 PM
omg im olso living in holland!!!!!!!!!!!!
omg just keep doing your think !
when is he koming to holland ?
i realy wanna see hem
love yaxxxxxx
rose | 11/4/2008 5:15:00 AM
keep up the good work
samantha devies | 11/17/2008 8:50:00 PM
hi van m a great fan and i must confess dat u r talented, seriously i normally dont watch african movies bt wen i watched beyonce movie i automatically fell in love wit african movies. ur actin was fab and since den i hav been watchin ur movies like american boy , divinelove,princesstyra e.t.c. i jst wanna say gud luck in verytin u do nd keep up the gud work lol. cheers dude.....
space | 12/2/2008 10:08:00 AM
van is damn hot wheeeeeeeeeeeeew! am overwhelmed by the creation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
immaculate | 12/8/2008 2:45:00 PM
men i love u,adore u n even though cant have u i still will.God b,ess yah in ur work
sabrina | 1/11/2009 10:13:00 AM
I've just joined this site and it looks great.
lisa | 7/9/2009 9:05:00 PM
oh my god van vicker is a star llove him to bits and l think that he can achieve whatever he wants coz his worth it and igotta inform you i'm coming to africa to see you sexybug i'm kidding but what i mean is you are so irresistable and i love you
rihanna | 1/18/2009 3:16:00 AM
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Mother Monday | 1/30/2009 3:14:00 PM
Daer sexy Van i tink u are a great actor. Van are u a very shy person?
Mother | 1/30/2009 3:17:00 PM
Yo Van dont u think Mother is a funny name for a 14 year old.
Mother | 1/30/2009 3:17:00 PM
Yo Van dont u think Mother is a funny name for a 14 year old.
van | 3/19/2009 11:47:00 PM
hi van i need to speaking to van and thank you and .god bless
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Lucinda cole | 5/11/2009 2:16:00 AM
I admire the fact that you was able to tied the knot depict the fact that you acted with lot of beautiful women, but you chose the woman that will be there all the time during your career.
ali adamou fourerato | 1/13/2010 6:46:00 PM
hello how are you?i don't speak english very well because i'm a french girl but i will do my best to make you understand what i'm saying.i don't want u to live our wife because of nadia.your wife is a strong woman and i know that she love u so much;u have 2 kids with her so try to manage ur couple and let nadia go with her footballeur boy friend.have wife is a good is not easy to have a comprehensive wife;you are always out and it'snot easy.if you don't want to lose all the two stay with your wife.kiss
joy caleb | 3/26/2010 12:47:00 PM
For every successful man in this world there is a God given wife behind. i love your character and you are a great man, never be carried away by any other woman nomater the look, as long as yoiu hold firm to that great family you already have no demon on earth will ever put you down. Keep your wife and your daughters first thing in your life. wish you well brother. Mrs caleb
vanessa accy | 5/18/2009 10:21:00 PM
i am a model, and i would love to work with you....
you can email me at [email protected]
danure | 6/12/2009 3:33:00 PM
you are a great awesome actor and i love all of your movies.keep it real van because you might go farther than that you could even more famous and your so humble nice and intelligent.I LOVE YOU SO MUCH
CCabbie | 6/13/2009 11:42:00 AM
ha ha ha ha ha u`so sweet van
l like ur hot actions and ur sweet sexy face
fiona | 10/10/2009 4:29:00 PM
i van i love so much i love the way you are and i really want to meet a day in your country continue like this you are a very good actor have a nice day
ij baby | 10/14/2009 1:09:00 PM
common u are handsome how i wish u are my guy while am here to ask favour from u i want to be an actress but i dt no how to start i will appreciate it if my requst is granted this my email [email protected] or calll me 08135239385
RAZAK | 10/19/2009 1:52:00 AM
sophy | 12/17/2009 8:28:00 PM
van late me c u one day pls
kitty k | 2/4/2010 6:05:00 PM
van u r 1 heck of a man n, keep up the reat work u r doi
Patience Allotey | 5/4/2010 1:02:00 AM
Rose | 9/30/2011 10:32:00 PM
Van vicker l just want to say well done you have really done good job for yourself. Keep the spirit up and continue to work hard and to be a wonderful actor
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