Adams Apples

Adams Apples is a Ghanaian film series, starring Yvonne Okoro, Joselyn Dumas, John Dumelo, Naa Ashorkor Mensa-Doku, Anima Misa Amoah, Adjetey Anang, Helene Asante, SoulKnight Jazz, Jasmine Baroudi, Vincent McCauley, Roselyn Ngissah, Fred Kanebi.[1] The series consists of ten drama feature films, known as "chapters", produced by Ken Attoh and directed by Shirley Frimpong-Manso.[2]

Adams Apples
Theatrical release poster for chapter 1
Directed byShirley Frimpong-Manso
Produced byKen Attoh
Written byHetty Owusu
Music byElorm Adablah
Ivan Ayitey
CinematographyKen Attoh
Sadiq Al-Hassan
John Passah
Edited byNana Akua Manso
Sparrow Productions
Release date
21 April 2011 – 25 May 2012
Running time
~1080 minutes

The film series follows the life of the Adams' family, which is made up of Doris Adams (Anima Misa Amoah), a widow of an ex-diplomat , and her three daughters; Baaba (Okoro), Jennifer (Dumas) and Kuukua (Mensah-Doku), showing how they deal with their complicated family, love lives, individual secrets, lies and regrets. A spin-off television drama series, with the same title premiered in February 2013, and has since started airing on DStv's Africa Magic; the television series is set a year after the tenth chapter of the film series.[3][4]


  • Anima Misa Amoah as Doris Adams
  • Yvonne Okoro as Baaba Adams Smith
  • Joselyn Dumas as Jennifer Adams
  • Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku as Kuukua Adams
  • Adjetey Anang as Albert Amankwah (or Albert Adams)
  • Helene Asante as Ivy Amankwah (or Ivy Adams)
  • SoulKnight Jazz as Chris Smith
  • John Dumelo as Denu MaCarby
  • Jasmine Baroudi as Michelle
  • Vincent McCauley as Foo
  • Fred Kanebi as Gerald
  • Roselyn Ngissah as Linda
  • Fiifi Coleman as Chidi
  • Sesanu Gbadebo as Eric


Most chapters in the series were released at a month's interval, and the entire film series screened at a span of over ten months.[7]

  • Adams Apples: The Family Ties (2011)
  • Adams Apples: Twisted Connections (2011)
  • Adams Apples: Musical Chairs (2011)
  • Adams Apples: Torn (2011)
  • Adams Apples: Duplicity (2011)
  • Adams Apples: Showdown (2011)
  • Adams Apples: Confessions (2011)
  • Adams Apples: Fight or Flight (2012)
  • Adams Apples: Rescue Mission (2012)
  • Adams Apples: New Beginnings (2012)


Official trailer for the first Chapter in the series was released on 15 April 2011. The first installment in the series premiered on 21 April 2011 and the concluding chapter was released on 25 May 2012.[8][9] A complete DVD set, containing all ten films in the series was released in December 2012.[10] Adams Apples is available for streaming on Demand Africa.

Critical reception

Each film in the series was generally positively received. Nollywood Reinvented, in its review of the film's final installment, praised everything about the film and commented: "Shirley was successful in making this movie ‘more than a conqueror’. The fascinating thing about the Adams Apples movies is the wide range of topics it touches on (if not fully addresses). Conquering love in the face of age differences... how to deal with competitive love... the ability to discern lust from love, a quest for adventure and a lean towards reality... dealing with the mistakes of the past. Above all, realizing the importance of family and trusting God to work things out".[11] Victor Olatoye of Nollywood Critics, in his review of chapter 1 to 3 of the film, commended the character development, gave a 3.5 out of 4 stars and concluded: "If you are looking for a good movie that can make you feel a little happier, smarter, sexier, funnier, more excited and yet full of wahala if that's what you want, then Adams Apples it is. Go ahead and take a pluck, sink your teeth in them, but just know there will be troubles".[12] Circumspecte in its overview of the film series comments: "I'll employ one word to describe Shirley Frimpong Manso's latest film, Adams Apples - delightful. And it is, in every sense of the word. From the script, to the characters, to the picture quality, the music, costume, promotion, everything really, was tastefully done".[13]


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  2. Southwood Russell (28 April 2011). "Ghana: Adam's Apples Launches an Innovative Ten-Part Film Series". All Africa. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  3. Whitman, Myne (13 February 2013). "Adams Apples Season 2 Premieres Feb 14th". Romance Meets Life. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  4. Aiki, Damilare (20 February 2013). "Joselyn Dumas, Majid Michel, Shirley Frimpong-Manso, John Dumelo & Deborah Vanessa at the "Adams Apple" Season 2 Premiere in Ghana - Photos". Bella Naija. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  5. "African Prints re-defined in Shirley's ADAMS APPLES". Lora Words. 12 April 2011. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  6. Tilii (14 April 2011). "Adams Apples - Its Spring and Who Better to Brighten it Than Sparrow Production". African Movie Reviewer. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  7. "Ghana's 10-part movie, Adam's Apple, hits big screen". 19 June 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  8. "Adams Apples: Finally it all ends here". 24 May 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  9. "Adams Apples Chapter 10 Premieres On Friday May 25". Entertainment Ghana. Entertainment in Ghana. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  10. Febiri, Chris-Vincent A. (31 December 2012). "'The Complete 10 Chapter Adams Apples DVD Box Set' Is Out For Sale At Airport Shell, Accra…Get Yours NOW!". Ghana Celebrities. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  11. "Adams Apples: New Beginnings". Nollywood Reinvented. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  12. Olatoye, Victor. "Movie Archives". Nollywood Critics. Archived from the original on 16 October 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  13. "Film Review/Alert: Adams Apples (Shirley Frimpong's Latest)". Circumspecte. 23 April 2011. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
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