Less than 24 hours after its publication, Yvonne Nelson’s book “I Am Not Yvonne Nelson,” written while she was an actress and movie producer, caught Ghana’s attention.
The actress described how Joel Duncan-Williams, the son of Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, approached her with a marriage proposal in a pretty dramatic fashion that ended before it even began in a chapter titled “A Man’s World,” which is primarily about masculinity and the marginalization of women.
“In 2009, I had a visitor while I was filming The Prince’s. He had come to see someone else and was not my visitor. But by the time his visit was through, it became clear that I meant more to him than the person he had come to meet. The surname he carried gave this visitor—if I should call him that given the entourage of security personnel he traveled with—his influence. The son of Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, the founder and head of Action Faith Chapel International, is named Joel Duncan-Williams. I had never heard of him before that day, but I couldn’t help but notice his commanding presence when he arrived. He claimed to have fallen in love with me before he departed the movie set, she wrote.
The son of the archbishop went to great efforts to demonstrate the intensity of his love by bringing her lunch on set together with his heavy security guard in a mini-convoy while she was still dubious about his proposal.
“His marriage plans were well underway, but I wasn’t sure what to say to him. But before it had the remotest chance of progressing further, something quickly ended our friendship. The typical princely entourage that I had only seen in movies with non-state officials paid me a visit one evening. He entered my home and declared his plans once the roaring of his motorcade’s siren had sufficiently alerted the neighborhood that an important individual had arrived. He stated that I had to see his father to be prayed for before the marriage could proceed. She described how the intention of the prayer was to ensure that any demons or evil spirits that might be in me or my family line would be banished.
While describing her home as spiritual, Yvonne Nelson seemed offended by the archbishop’s son’s precedent-setting for a marriage proposal. She claimed that his entitlement destroyed her interest in any potential connection.
In my mind, I questioned whether he believed that my mother also required prayer in order to banish any potential evil spirits from him. Even though he was the Archbishop Duncan-Williams’ son, he wasn’t automatically endowed with the Holy Spirit or protected by angels. Who then informed him that I was a portent of evil spirits because I was an actress? The Manovia household used to be among the most pious in the neighborhood, at least according to those who lived there.
“After she was injured in a car accident, my mother’s sense of spirituality grew, and our home rarely skipped morning devotion. During those times, when I was a teenager, I would break up prayer times with revelations from God. I always prayed before beginning any movie role I was offered when I first started my playing career.
“While I don’t belong to the group of people who wear their faith on their sleeves, I do believe in God and in the power of prayer. I have frequently witnessed God’s hand at work in my life, and I am confident that He will answer my prayers. I don’t simply believe in powerful pastors or men of God, some of them are nothing less than successful businessmen. I laughed at the idea that someone who wanted to marry me but hadn’t gotten my permission felt I needed to be spiritually cleansed first. He didn’t think that mutual washing was necessary, she remarked.
About the book by Yvonne Nelson
“I Am Not Yvonne Nelson” is a shocking and captivating narrative of a young woman who sets out to know herself but learns that she has been using a false identity.
With the exception of the protagonist, an actor, who is coping with a reality that causes her to occasionally sob into her pillow, this compelling story has all the hallmarks of a riveting movie script.
Unusual for an autobiography, the author confronts the audience in her undies. The author’s life is extensively explored throughout the book, along with the good, terrible, and ugly aspects of both her own life and the fictional world of celebrities.
Many influential businesspeople, politicians, and members of the political class attended the event, including John Dumelo, Adjetey Anang, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, and Becca. Media figures including as Manasseh Azure Awuni, Sammy Forson, and GhanaWeb Entertainment Editor Abrantepa Benefo Buabeng were also present.