Van Vicker (born 1 August 1977) is a Ghanaian actor. The multiple award-winning actor has appeared in numerous Ghollywood and Nollywood films over the years. He has since moved on to become a film director, philanthropist, communications consultant, public speaker, entrepreneur, and businessman.
Outside of his work, Van is happily married to Adjoa Vicker and is a father of three beautiful children. Find out more about him in seven different interesting facts.
Van Vicker’s Bio
- Full name: Joseph Van Fifi Vicker
- Gender: Male
- Date of Birth: 1 August 1977
- Ethnicity: Mixed
- Nationality: Ghanaian
- Zodiac Sign: Leo
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Religion: Christianity
- Marital Status: Married
- Van Vicker’s Wife: Adjoa Van Vicker
- Children: J’dyl Vicker, J-ian Vicker, and Vj Van Vicker.
- Parents: Betty Prat Toe (mother)
- Siblings: Phylicia ‘Felicia’ Anderson
- Van Vicker’s Height: 5 feet 5 inches
- Net worth: $500,000
- Instagram: @iam_vanvicker
- Twitter: @iam_vanvicker
Van Vicker is a Ghanaian with Dutch and Liberian Ancestry
Van Vicker was born in Accra, Ghana, and so holds Ghanaian nationality. His father was, however, Dutch, while his mother is a Liberian-Ghanaian named Betty Prat Toe. He was raised alongside his sister Felicia ‘Phylicia’ Vicker.
The actor spent his early years in the Netherlands and most of his adolescent years in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. He later moved to Ghana during the Liberian war in 1991 when he was about the age of 14.
Van Vicker Received His First Degree in His Forties
Van Vicker attended several schools before moving to Ghana, where he attended the Mfantsipim School, Cape Coast, Ghana. He graduated in 1995 and had to hold off with tertiary education as his mother couldn’t afford it. He later attended the New York Film Academy to help his career before enrolling at the African University College of Communications, Accra, Ghana, and graduating with a degree in 2021 at the age of 44.
Vicker drew attention for earning a first-class degree, best graduating student, and best communication student awards from the department of Strategic Communications of the institution.
He Began His Career as a Presenter
The Ghanaian actor’s career began in 1997 when his then-girlfriend Adjoa Vicker saw an advert for entertainment presenters in the newspapers. Van Vicker would end up getting the gig. He spent 2 years as a TV personality with the station before trying his hands at radio. He first worked as a presenter at Groove 106.3 FM for a year, and from 2001 to 2004, he worked with Vibe FM.
Van Vicker Gained Fame as an Actor in 2004
Van Vicker appeared in the TV series Sun City (2002) before gaining his big break in 2004 when he played the supporting character of Maxwell Asamoah in Divine Love (2004). By 2006, Vicker’s fame and acting skills became more visible with his portrayal of Raj in The Return of Beyonce alongside Nadia Buari, Yvonne Okoro, and Yvonne Nelson. In the same year, he appeared in other films such as Darkness of Sorrow, Mummy’s Daughter, Beyonce 2: The President’s Daughter, and Wedlock of the Gods.
In 2007, Vicker featured in his first Nollywood film titled Slave to Lust (2007). He has since then starred in dozens more movies, as well as international projects like the Australian movie Cop’s Enemy (2017).
Van Vicker’s Most Notable Movies
- Galamsey: Enemies Are Not God (2022)
- Passport Sake (2021)
- Angel and the Mailman (2019)
- Return of Black Monkey (2018)
- Providence Island (2017)
- Cop’s Enemy (2017)
- Who Cheats More (2017)
- Black Bride (2017)
- The Devil Between My Legs (2017)
- Angel’s Whip (2016)
- Drag Him to the Alter (2015)
- Gold Dust Ikenga (2015)
- I Do (2015)
- Skinned (2015)
- The Heartbreaker’s Revenge (2014)
- Nurses from Hell (2014)
- One Night in Vegas (2013)
- Ex Games (2013)
- The Kingdom (2012)
- Paparazzi Eye in the Dark (2011)
- Mind Game (2010)
- Loyal Enemies (2010)
- Darkest Day (2009)
- Heavy Heart (2009)
- Tears of Hope (2009)
- Broken Tears (2008)
- Reloaded (2008)
- Slave to Lust (2007)
- Beyonce: The President’s Daughter (2006)
- The Return of Beyonce (2006)
- Divine Love (2004)
- Sun City (2002)
Van Vicker’s Awards
- Afro-Hollywood Award for Best Actor (African film category) (2009)
- Best Caribbean Actor (2009)
- Best Actor African American (2009)
- Pan African Film Festival for Africa’s Channel’s Creative Achievement Award (2011)
- NAFCA for Best Comedy Movie (2012)
- NAFCA Best Director Awards (2012)
- Ghana Movie Awards for Best Actor (2013)
- Best International Actor Award at Papyrus Magazine Screen Actors Awards (PAMSAA) (2013)
- KumaWoods Awards for Best Collaboration ( 2016)
- Ghana Choice Awards (Honourary awards) for Movie Personality of the Decade 2021
He is also a Producer and Director
Apart from acting, Van Vicker is also a producer and director. He is most famous for directing Friday Night (2008) which features actors such as Nana Ama McBrown and Fred Magma. In 2011, he directed, produced, and starred in The Hands of Time.
Many of his productions are done through his Sky + Orange Production media house, which was founded in 2008. His work can also be found on his YouTube channel called Van Vicker TV.
Van Vicker Runs a Charity and Other Businesses
The Ghanaian actor runs The Van Vicker Foundation which was launched in 2010 with the aim of helping to grow new talents in the movie industry in Ghana. It aimed to do so by investing in low-budget films. All of his work as a philanthropist led to him being named a United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) ambassador.
Vicker additionally has a School of Performing Arts in Liberia that was launched in 2017 with a mission to educate and promote talents in Liberia within the fields of fine and performing arts, film/stage, music (voice coaching), and broadcasting.
Van Vicker Married His Longtime Girlfriend Adjoa in 2003
Adjoa Vicker is the wife of Van Vicker. They got married on 16 October 2003 after meeting when they were both 17 years of age.
The celebrity wife, who was born on 24 January 1977 and is about 6 months older than her husband, was raised by her father as her parents were divorced. She is a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, where she bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree. She has since acquired two master’s degrees in International Affairs (2002-2003) from Legon Centre for International Affairs Diplomacy and International Development Studies (2015-2017) from London South Bank University.
Adjoa has worked in several positions over the years, including as the Administrative Manager of Camelot Ghana Ltd (2004-2011) and Shalina Healthcare (2012-2015).
Van Vicker Has 3 Children
Van and Adjoa Vicker’s marriage has produced 3 children; J’dyl Vicker (born 27 February 2004), Ji-an Vicker (born 25 May 2006), and Vj Vicker (born 21 October 2008).