In a groundbreaking revelation that has caught the attention of the entertainment world, award-winning Ghanaian actress, Yvonne Nelson, has disclosed a deeply personal secret. She confessed in her latest book that she terminated a pregnancy conceived with the popular Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie, back in 2010. Nelson and Sarkodie, whose real name is Michael Owusu Addo, had been involved in a short-lived romantic relationship, which culminated in this unexpected pregnancy.
This compelling revelation was made in Yvonne Nelson’s new book, titled “I am not Yvonne Nelson”, which was launched with great fanfare at the esteemed Peduase Lodge in Ghana this past Sunday. The book features an intense account of the actress’s experiences, with a special emphasis on the chapter eight incident spanning pages 88 to 95, where she recounts the life-changing ordeal.
In her narrative, Yvonne vividly paints the moment she found out about her pregnancy. She reveals, “I had undertaken a pregnancy test in the presence of my friend Karen, suspecting what might be the result of missing my monthly period. I was filled with apprehension, unable to read the result myself, and it was Karen who opened it and made the shocking declaration. ‘Charlie, it dey there!’, she exclaimed.”
Yvonne’s usual jovial demeanor would have given way to laughter and friendly banter under normal circumstances. But this was no ordinary situation. It was a grave revelation, one that had the potential to completely upend her life. She wasn’t alone in this predicament, so she reached out to the other responsible party, Michael Owusu Addo, better known as Sarkodie, the acclaimed Ghanaian musician.
During this time, Sarkodie was a promising musician with vast potential, teetering on the brink of a successful career. His path, however, was shrouded in uncertainty, and the maze of life seemed too convoluted to chart a clear course. Success was by no means guaranteed. Living with his mother and still finding his footing in life, the prospect of fatherhood seemed to weigh heavily on him.
In her candid memoir, Yvonne describes their relationship as not particularly serious. She has always been drawn to the music industry and saw it as an escape from the harsh realities of life. It was Sarkodie’s talent that intrigued her, leading to their conversations, their closeness, and ultimately, their relationship.
Nelson proceeds to detail her attempt to terminate the pregnancy by consuming certain concoctions recommended by a colleague. However, these attempts proved futile as subsequent tests still confirmed her pregnancy. The thought of bringing a child into the world to potentially experience the rejection she herself had suffered prompted her to seek a way out.
Yvonne Nelson’s poignant narrative takes readers through her internal struggle. “I grew up without a father and often felt like an unintended child. My paternity was always a point of uncertainty. How could I then bring another human being into this world to live through the same experience? The idea of sparing someone else the trauma that was still fresh in my life seemed like a sensible choice to me.”
Eventually, Yvonne was successful in terminating the pregnancy, a decision she now profoundly regrets. Reflecting on her past actions, she expressed a wish to turn back time and choose a different path for her younger self. This intensely personal account is just one aspect of the multifaceted life of Yvonne Nelson, the award-winning Ghanaian actress who has graced the silver screen and now the literary world with her presence.