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Grace Nortey

Grace Nortey

A Veteran Ghanaian Actress Who Left an Indelible Mark on the Film Industry

1937

Birth
01 January 1937

Birth

Grace Nortey was born on February 1, 1937, in Ghana.

1970

Pioneering Ghanaian Theatre and Television
28 November 1970

Pioneering Ghanaian Theatre and Television

Her presence in the film, theatre, and drama spheres has been both profound and impactful. Nortey is hailed as a pioneer, a torchbearer who paved the way for women in performing arts, notably in TV programmes like Akan Drama and TV Theatre. Her portrayals weren't just performances; they were bold statements challenging societal norms and advocating for the marginalized.

1971

A Voice for Justice and Equality
28 November 1971

A Voice for Justice and Equality

Grace Nortey's roles often defied the status quo, tackling entrenched gender biases, class discrimination, and social injustices. On-screen, she embodied the resolute matriarch challenging archaic traditions and oppressive norms, earning her the moniker "Maame Gyata" (Lion Woman) for her unwavering strength and conviction.

1972

Golden Era Contributions
28 November 1972

Golden Era Contributions

Her prominence surged during what is deemed the golden age of Ghanaian theatre and drama in the 80s and 90s. Shows like "Obra," "Osofo Dadzie," and "Key Soap Concert Party" saw her brilliance illuminating screens nationwide. But before her television fame, she hosted a radio talk show for Ga women on Radio One in the 1970s.

1975

Beyond the Screen
28 November 1975

Beyond the Screen

Her impact transcends mere acting. Grace Nortey actively worked with notable figures in Ghana's arts scene and was a Senior Administrative Assistant with the Ghana Education Service.

1976

Personal Life
28 November 1976

Personal Life

Grace Nortey, a mother of five, is also the mother of actress Sheila Nortey.

1980

Honors and Accolades
28 November 1980

Honors and Accolades

Here are some of the awards and honors that celebrate Grace Nortey's remarkable contributions:

1. Best Cameo Actress - Ghana Movie Awards (2011)

2. Excellence in Arts - Glitz Women of the Year Honours (2016)

3. Lifetime Achievement Award - Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF) Awards (2018)

4. Legendary Award for Outstanding Contributions - Ghana Actors Entertainment Award (GAEA) (2020)

5. Outstanding Contribution to Women's Excellence in The Performing Arts - 3Music Awards Women's Brunch (2021)

2023

Current Health Challenges
01 July 2023

Current Health Challenges

Unfortunately, as time passed, the Ghanaian film industry evolved, and Grace Nortey's active participation waned due to her declining health. At the age of 84, she has been battling vision problems that prevent her from continuing her acting career. Grace Nortey now spends her days at home, facing the challenges of her illness.

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