Ghana’s screen queen, Jackie Appiah, is planning to hit the fashion market with a bang in a manner that could overshadow her return to her favourite acting role after a long period of absence from set.
The gorgeous actress is set to launch her clothing line in November with the official opening of her shop in Accra, a new venture which reflects not only her passion for fashion but also gives an insight into her entrepreneurial spirit.
Already top name in acting, Jackie is extending her brand into the fashion industry with the Jackie Appiah clothing line which will be available at her boutique, aptly named Jackie Appiah at Dzorwulu.
“I will be launching a clothing shop soon in Dzorwulu, Accra. That will be in November. My fans should stay put for that,’’ Jackie revealed during an exclusive interview with the Showbiz on Monday.
The new venture into fashion, according to the actress and philanthropist, was inspired by her fans and a long-held desire to try her hands at designing her favourite clothes and make them available to her followers.
‘’My fans inspired me to enter into the clothing business. I see it as souvenirs for them. The love I get from them for my charity works makes me want to give them something back. They keep asking me where they can have my things to buy from in order to feel close to me,’’ she said.
For an award-winning actress and fashionista who plans to enter the real estate market, the decision to move into the clothes market comes as little surprise, and follows a line of business being pursued by movie stars such as John Dumelo (J.Melo), Prince David Osei and Yvonne Nelson (YN Closet) who have either set up clothing shops or established their own clothing line.
The boutique, which is already in operation stocks clothes from the Jackie Appiah label and other top brands and fashion accessories which reflect the actress’s taste and sense of fashion.
Jackie explains to Showbiz that she conceptualises the designs and sends them to Italy where her designs are made into “top notch” clothes for the market.
“I’ve always had the desire to enter into the clothing business, but I wanted everything to be top notch. That’s why it took me a long time to come out,” she said to emphasise the quality of her clothing.
After taking time off to shoot new movies, Jackie looks set to return to our screens with new productions. “I have been filming in Nigeria and Ghana. I have done two movies, True Lies and Stalemate, for Venus Films here in Ghana. Currently, I am on set for others in Nigeria, and very soon, they would all be out.”
The award-winning actress, who made her first on-screen appearance on the popular TV series, Things We Do for Love, in the late 1990s, has starred in countless movies, which include Princess Tyra, The Return of Beyonce, Pretty Queen, Perfect Picture among others.
Born in Canada to Ghanaian parents, Jackie is known for her leading roles in movies and has received countless number of awards and nominations, including Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2010 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for ‘The Perfect Picture’ and Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the AMAA in 2007. She also received two nominations for Best Actress in a Leading role and Best Upcoming Actress at the AMAA in 2008.
When asked to throw more light on her intention of going into the real estate business, the mother of one, would rather not give out too much but said, “the future is in God’s hands. Perhaps, I might say something but when the time comes, it might be bigger or lesser than I predicted. So, let’s leave everything in the hands of God. Meanwhile, my fans should expect my movies and clothing line out there very soon,’’ she added.