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Ghanaian Actress Yvonne Nelson launches Glaucoma Foundation & releases star-studded charity music video

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Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson recently launched the Yvonne Nelson Glaucoma Foundation (YNGF). Yvonne was inspired to start her Foundation after a close family member became afflicted with the disease. Glaucoma is a progressive disease which affects the optic nerve. It is known as the “silent thief of sight” and is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Yvonne hopes that the foundation will help raise awareness of the disease, encourage people to get tested and also lobby the Ghanaian government and pharmaceutical companies to ensure that Glaucoma medication is available and affordable to the thousands of people who are affected by this disease. YNGF has already started working with the Glaucoma Association of Ghana and they are gearing up to visit towns all around Ghana to carry out free Glaucoma diagnostic testing.

A few weeks ago, a launch event for the Foundation took place at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra and a charity music video was released to support the cause. The video features Yvonne Nelson alongside Sarkodie, Edem, Fresh Prince, Trigmatic, Bola-Ray, John Dumelo and Majid Michel.

At the foundation launch event, Yvonne said “600,000 Ghanaians are reported to be suffering from Glaucoma so I urge everyone to get screened for the disease.”

This is definitely a great cause to support. Diseases such as Glaucoma do not receive adequate mainstream media coverage, therefore many people do not know that it exists. Glad to see Ghollywood stars getting involved in non-profit activities as well.

In other Yvonne Nelson news, her new movie, “Crazy” premiere at the National Theatre in Accra on Friday, 26th November 2010.

Watch the Yvonne Nelson Glaucoma Foundation Music Video Below:

Behind the Scenes Photos from the YNGF video shoot

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The Yvonne Nelson Glaucoma Foundation Launch – Accra, Ghana

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38 Comments

  1. IyawoBankyWNumer0Uno

    November 30, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Lovely..

  2. French Paris aaliyah

    November 30, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Hmmmmm beautiful innitiative n lovely the song.more power to guys

  3. Temiloluwa Adebayo

    November 30, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Glaucoma is a very serious disease. The sad thing is that the sufferer never knows something is wrong, hence, the need to get tested. I thank God for His healing in a very dear one’s life who was diagnosed with it in January 2010.

    As we keep being prayerful, let us encourage our parents and older loved ones to get tested and begin treatment or begin prayers. It is very treatable but not after sometime ie when the pressure on the eye is way too much. Nice one Yvonne. God help us.

    http://temiville.wordpress.com/

  4. Omogekofo

    November 30, 2010 at 10:11 am

    1st………

    lovely..

    • Koko

      November 30, 2010 at 10:22 am

      errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr……You weren’t

    • Omogekofo

      November 30, 2010 at 10:50 am

      i thought i was……………….

    • mike

      December 1, 2010 at 6:40 am

      ‘Omogekofo clap for yourself,well done’…..in MI’s voice

  5. Esther

    November 30, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Thanks for d initiative

  6. Ify

    November 30, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    She makes tall interesting. Yvonne congrats, you’ve done well done for yourself. Please keep it up.

  7. yemisi

    November 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    this is lovly and innovative!
    kudos 2 her

  8. sexy fashionista

    November 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    wots the point in getting tested if youve got it it will just bring sadness thte youre going to get blind

    • mariaah

      November 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm

      How pessimistic can you be? The point of getting tested or diagnosed is that you can get treated by medication or surgery for further information, read this article and cure your self of ignorance at least..
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glaucoma

  9. victoire

    November 30, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    wow….great initiative….great video too n hope she gets support bc more light needs to b shed on dis disease…..good job
    check out ma blog http://www.cameroonspotlight.com

  10. sharry islandgirl

    November 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    THIS IS A GREAT VIDEO I WISH ALL THE NOLLYWOOD STARS WOULD COME TOGETHER AND DO ONE FOR AIDS,RACISM AND PROVERTY THAT WOULD BE GREAT I MEAN WITH ALL THE GHANIAN AND NIGERIAN ACTORS WOW /// U TAKE ABOUT COMING TOGETHER AS 1 NATION.

    • Nneka

      November 30, 2010 at 8:20 pm

      Nollywood……Racism????

      Or do you mean tribalism???? Nigeria has tribal issues, not racial biases dear.

  11. bunsky

    November 30, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    @sexy fashionista.
    Dnt b ignorant my sister, if detected early it can be reversed. There are medications that can be taken to combat the process. Even the glaucoma laser surgery can be done also. So, realizing someone has glaucoma isn’t the end of the world.

  12. NNENNE

    November 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Lovely. I wish African leaders will borrow a leave from these young people, poised to set trends.Is it just me? I keep seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

  13. Foxtrot ©

    November 30, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    A very close family member was recently diagnosed with Glaucoma and I have since read quite a lot about it – true, it cause blindness but only if 1/ it is not detected on time and/or 2/ it is not correctly managed.

    The key is that we all need to get tested.

    @Bunsky – unfortunately No – it cannot be reversed BUT it can be managed. Think of it if you will as diabetes. IT CAN BE MANAGED!

  14. xoxo

    December 1, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Love this song coz of two things, 1st the what the song is about (Glaucoma) then the sweet voice of sharifa nugu. She really killed it. wish there were more of her songs on the net. I love her uniqueness.singing in her mother tongue.

  15. ugo

    December 1, 2010 at 1:56 am

    lol… please no offense but ghanaian doesn’t sound sexy at all :p

  16. Damola

    December 1, 2010 at 3:56 am

    wHERE can one get tested in lagos?.. Just walk into any optician office or what?

  17. dami

    December 1, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I am very ashamed of myself. Before I watched the video, I was expecting another half assed, low commitment effort but I was pleasantly surprised. Time and effort were certainly put into the video which means she means business with this Glaucoma foundation.

    Good job Yvonne, wish you the best. Certainly the way forward!

  18. Princess *

    December 2, 2010 at 1:38 am

    I’ve had glaucoma for over 10 years…. I’m only 26yrs and I’ve been able to manage it cos I found out on time……..the earlier the better cos once the vision is gone it’s gone and doctors can only stop it from getting worse but you can’t regain lost sight…….get tested

  19. BERRY

    December 2, 2010 at 11:55 am

    nice initiative…this is to confirm that you are the only focused star in ghana..all others do nothing but to wear rubbish clothes all over…i mean see what they are even wearing…ghanian fashion scene sucks…
    kudos to yvonne

  20. eMJOY Mayowa

    December 3, 2010 at 9:35 am

    great initiative. nice move.
    go JOY

  21. Question

    December 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Please what’s the name of the girl who sings from 1:43 to 2:20?? she’s good

    • Question

      December 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm

      okay, i just found it’s Sherifa Gunu

  22. mami

    December 6, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Hmm well dats a good one

  23. jnr lisa

    December 6, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    WOW. Am truly nd sincerely stuck wit words to compliment wat dis beautiful, richly nd structurly endowed yvvvvonne has come up wit. Great nd well gifted being is who u are. i commend ur effort. u are d best. dis is just d beginning of d great things God will do in ur life. WELDONE DEARIEEEEEEEEEE.

  24. The Bola

    December 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    happy about this, i just gained repect for yvonne nelson

  25. Lynn

    December 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Am so proud of You….lol

  26. Ogo

    December 15, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Great, nice initiative Yvonne. Something different that needed attention, there is still so many others that needs attention, so please our Celebrities take note, its not only HIV/AIDS, STDs, Women, Youths etc…there are other silent diseases there that needs urgent awareness.
    Yvonne so proud of you on this initiative and a beautiful song at that. You got me inspired again on what I planned doing

  27. Anbalikun S.K Mohammed

    January 14, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I Write to inform you that you are my number one lady actress in the Ghanaian movie industry, and to also say that I want to help in your fight against glaucoma in the country because I as a person think it is a step in the right direction.
    Am a native of Wa (Upper West Region)and will like to know wheather Wa will be part of your scope of action and probably how I can help in may be in kind since I just finished school and can’t offer you any service financially. and JUST IN CASE MY SERVICE WILL NOT BE NEEDED,BUT I wish to say that its not how high you build your dream that makes a difference, but how your faith can clim.its not how much you accomplish but how many lives you touch.Have faith and touch many (So said my mother)Many Thanks.

  28. OLIVE OGUGUO U.

    March 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    WOW THAT LOVELY MA GIRL.I WISH I CAN HEIP U PUSH UR DREAM TO THE TOP.I HAVE A SIMILAR CASE WITH U.A VERY CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND OF MINE.I WWISH I CAN DO MORE TO THE WORLD FIGTH THIS DEADLY EYE DIEASES.BRAVO GIRL.I LOVE U.

  29. emie

    June 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    wow! i am writing your essay

  30. NIssy

    August 4, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Im only 13 but i am very determined to start a charity and im happy that there are other people who care out there!

  31. Ruth

    August 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Good job

  32. fatima

    February 21, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Hi all friends here pourait have someone contact fondadteur this foundation? please this is very urgent thank you

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