Shirley Frimpong-Manso (born 1977) is a Ghanaian film director, writer, and producer and also founder and CEO of the film, television, and advertising production company Sparrow Productions. She is described as one who "seeks to raise the standard of film production in Ghana and Africa by telling progressive African stories as seen through the eyes of Africans." She won Best Director at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards. Frimpong-Manso is also a principal of Sparrow Station, a video streaming service for African entertainment from Sparrow and other African film producers. In 2013, she was ranked the 48th most influential person in Ghana according to E.tv Ghana.
Frimpong-Manso is from Eastern region of Ghana, from Kwahu Pepease. As a child she organized plays, which "felt a lot more fun than playing with sand and dolls." She graduated in 2000 from the National Film and Television Institute of Ghana and worked as a presenter at Radio Gold, a private station in Accra, and then went on to start Sparrow Productions in 2003.
With producer and actress Juliet Asante, Frimpong-Manso helped produce the TV show Heart to Heart for two years shortly after school. She has also produced:
Different Shades of Blue - a television series about five university girls who share a dormitory in a university hostel.
Personalities Kitchen - a cooking program that hosts two personalities and challenges them to a rice meal of their choice.
The Miss Ghana Pageant - she produced two semifinalists at the Miss World event within five years during her time.
Frimpong-Manso's films are:
The Perfect Picture: the story of the lives and loves of several Ghanaian women friends, focusing on marriage and societal norms of Ghana that are not represented in Western film. Frimpong-Manso won Best Director for The Perfect Picture at the 2010 African Movie Academy Awards, where her films garnered a total of four awards.