5 iconic telenovela women that 90s Ghanaians can never forget

Show by hand if you remember Rosalinda? That telenovela was so bizarre and out of pocket with the drama. And that drama had Ghanaians in a chokehold. That grip was so hard our ladies wore Rosalinda skirts!

Truly, an era. The 90s and the 2000s gave us telenovelas that shaped a generation. From TV3’s Esmeralda to Viasat 1’s Tormenta en el Paraiso (because if you don’t say it in Spanish it doesn’t carry weight), these telenovelas gave some of the most iconic characters you could ever view on TV. And that’s centering on the women characters.

Here are 5 iconic telenovela women that 90s Ghanaians can never forget.

1. Fatima Linares (Esmeralda)

The OG relationship terrorist. And her motive? Money. They don’t say it is the root of evil for nothing. She wanted to marry her daughter Graciela off to Jose Armando cause of the l’argent.

2. Paola (La usurpadora)

I don’t care, I don’t care. This lady right here is the blueprint for Marry-Me-And-You-Will-Smell-Pepper. P.S: the way the actress Gabriela Spanic played both Paulina and Paola so well is worthy of study. Slay Queens, get your pens and pocketbooks, watch and learn.

3. Ricarda Thompson (The Woman of My Life)

Maame wei?! What sort of mother wrecks a son’s happiness like this one? None can compare. You want to marry the woman of your life? The woman of your what? While me, your mother, is here? In your life? You lie bad. This woman probably mentioned Antonio Adolfo more times than the director said action.

4. Carlotica (Juana la Virgen)

Miss I-Want-It-My-Way-or-No-Way. We can’t be mad at her really. You’d be just as wicked if your husband’s last fertile sperms was pumped into some teenage girl from only God knows where.

5. Maura Duran (Tormenta en el paraiso AKA Storm Over Paradise)

This woman was literally the storm blowing over that telenovela’s paradise. If you are more wicked than her then Idi Amin must catch you. Look, she got cancer and still could not bother to turn a good leaf. I’m sorry, but Kyeiwaa needs to take two seats. This witch is on different time.





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