The Life of the Legendary Ghanaian Film Maker Ivan Quashigah

Ivan Quashigah is a veteran Ghanaian filmmaker popularly known to have directed and produced the popular Ghanaian series YOLO and Things We Do For Love. He is also known to have brought to the limelight most popular actors and actresses such as Jackie Appiah, Adjetey Annan, Fella Makafui, and a lot more others.

Below is his resume.

Education2008 – 2011                   GIMPA Graduate School           Accra, Ghana


Executive Master of Governance and Leadership

1989-92                         National Film & TV Institute      Accra, Ghana

Diploma in Film Directing/ Scriptwriting

1986-88                         St. Aquinas Sec. School          Accra, Ghana

G.C.E. Advanced Level


1982-85                         Keta Secondary School              Keta, Ghana

G.C.E. Ordinary Level


1979-82                         Anlo State Junior Sec. Sch.        Keta, Ghana

1973-79                         A.M.E Zion Primary Sch.             Keta, Ghana



Experience2006                             Farmhouse Productions           Accra, Ghana

Chief Executive Officer,

§  Managing a broadcast production company with experience in producing TV Commercials, Video Documentaries, TV series/serials, Feature films and Events.

1999 – 2005                   Ad Vantage Productions          Accra, Ghana


§  Manage Ad Vantage Productions a subsidiary of the Ad Vantage Group.

§  Produce Radio, T.V. commercials, Events and Programmes for Lintas Ghana and other clients.

§  Co-ordinate and direct live events such as products launches, and shows for Lintas Ghana and other clients.

§  Produced and Directed “Things we do for love” a TV serial sponsored by GSMF and JHU – Ghana TV, TV3 Ghana, TV Africa and Nigeria.

§  Produced and Directed “Frytol Women’s Digest’ a magazine program – Ghana TV.


1993 – 1999                     Lintas Ghana Ltd.                            Accra, Ghana

Senior Copywriter

§  Acted as Creative Director

§  Developed advertising strategies, written campaigns for Guinness Gh. Ltd., Barclays Gh. Ltd., Unilever Gh. ltd., Ghana Textiles Printing, Health Education Unit (Ministry of Health) Mechanical Lloyd and the Ghana Social Marketing Foundation.


Copywriter, Radio and TV Producer

§  Developed advertising concepts and written campaigns for key clients.

§  Directed and Produced over 400 radio commercials and 300 TV ads.

1992-93                         National Service Scheme         Accra, Ghana

National Service Person

§  Prepared scripts and directed documentaries to propagate the National Service Scheme.

§  Directed “Once I’m Not Begging” a documentary on the handicapped.

§  Directed the “National Service Newsreel – GBC/TV

1993                             Dateline Marketing Ltd.            Accra, Ghana

Script Writer

§  Member, scriptwriting team for “Inspector Bediako” a detective serial – GBC/ TV – Ghana and NTA – Nigeria Television Authority.



1995                             Lintas Zimbabwe               Harare, Zimbabwe

Advertising Training Attachment

1995                             Roger Orpen Productions.         Jo’burg, S.A

Training Attachment – Video Post Production

1999                             TV Craft Workshops.            Beirut, Lebanon

TV Production Workshop – Big Ideas on small budgets.

1999                             Lowe Lintas & Partners              London, UK.

Advertising Training Attachment in the Creative / Production Department

1999                             VTR/Film Factory.                      London, U.K.

Training Attachment – Film and Video Post Production

1999                             Eardrum.                                   London, U.K.

Training Attachment – Radio Production

2000                     CDC/PMC/WHO/Care Int.                    Jo’burg, S.A.

Training Workshop – Production of radio serial drama for mass education.

2003                             UNESCO                           Harare, Zimbabwe.

Evaluation Consultant – Zimbabwe Film & Video Training. Project.

2005                             Ashesi University                     Accra, Ghana

Modern Trends in Business and Marketing Strategies and Practice.




1992                     National Film and TV institute                   Accra, Ghana


Writer/Director – “The Old in a New World” 10 min short Documentary

(a)   Best Documentary


Writer/Director – “Zaado Keli” 29 min. Short Feature

(a)   Best Screenplay

(b)   Best Sound

(c)   Best Editing

(d)   Best Feature Film

1993                             Fespaco ‘93                           Ouaga. B. Faso

13th Festival of Pan African Cinema.

Writer/Director – “Zaado Keli” 29 min. Short Feature Film.

(a)   Best Short Feature in the Video Category

1993                             ANIWA ‘93                                Accra, Ghana

1st African Student Film Festival

Writer/Director “Zaado Keli” – 29 min Short Feature Film


(a)   Best short video award for outstanding production in the fiction drama category.

(b)   Special Production Quality Award For Excellent Lighting, Art Direction and Directing.

(c)   Special award for the film that most appropriately represent the Aniwa Africa theme; Film and TV as effective tools for social change and development.

2000                             2nd Ghana Music Awards          Accra, Ghana

(a)   Best Music Video Director – Kojo Antwi’s – Medofo Pa

2000                             1st Radio & TV Awards              Accra, Ghana


Director  “ Things We Do For Love” – 30 min. TV serial

(a)   Best Youth Oriented Television Programme

(b)   Best Serial Drama (Local Production)


2001   Chartered Inst. Marketing Ghana Awards                 Accra, Ghana                                      

      Director  “ Things We Do For Love” – 30 min. TV serial

(a)   Television Programme of the Year

2001   2nd Radio & TV Awards                                       Accra, Ghana

Director  “ Things We Do For Love” – 30 min. TV serial

(a)   Best Youth Oriented Television Programme

(b)   Best Serial Drama (Local Production)


2003   Chartered Inst. Marketing Ghana Awards     Accra, Ghana

Director  “ Handwash” TVC – Community Water and Sanitation – 45 sec.

(a)   Television Commercial of the Year


2003   Advertising Association of Ghana                             Accra, Ghana

           Gong Gong Awards

Director /Producer

(a)   “ Handwash” TVC – CWSA – Platinum Award

(b)   ‘’ Pepsodent Tooth Powder – Gold Award


2004   Advertising Association of Ghana                             Accra, Ghana

           Gong Gong Awards

Director /Producer

(a)   “ Egya Koo” TVC – Ghana Telecom – Platinum Award


2006 Advertising Association of Ghana                             Accra, Ghana

           Gong Gong Awards

Director /Producer

(a)   “ Boy Alinko” TVC – GSMF International – Gold Award


2010   Chartered Inst. Marketing Ghana Awards                 Accra, Ghana

Director  “ MTN Pay For Me” TVC — 45 sec.

(a)   Television Commercial of the Year


2016   Ghana Movie Awards                                                    Accra, Ghana

Producer/Director YOLO Television Serial Drama

(a)   Best Television Serial Drama

(b)   Best Director

(c)   Best Actor

(d)   Best Actress

(e)   Best Supporting Actor

(f)    Best Supporting Actress

(g)   Discovery of the Year



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