Emmanuel Wilberforce, also known as Protein, is a rising star in the world of modeling and acting. Born and raised in the western region of Ghana, specifically in Sekondi-Takoradi, Emmanuel is a proud Fante who can fluently speak the language. However, he was primarily raised in Accra, the capital city of Ghana.
Emmanuel’s journey into the world of modeling and acting began with a deep passion for the craft. He dedicated himself to researching and learning about the industry, honing his skills and gaining knowledge to excel in his chosen field. As part of his training, he would often practice poses and facial expressions by looking into mirrors, striving to perfect his modeling techniques.
To further develop his catwalk skills, Emmanuel turned to online resources and studied catwalk videos on platforms like YouTube. His dedication paid off when a friend, who was involved in runway training, provided valuable guidance and helped refine his walk. Emmanuel expresses his gratitude to this friend for the invaluable support and assistance.
The turning point in Emmanuel’s modeling career came when his cousin, Ebeneza Blanche, a filmmaker, recognized his great looks and asked him to be part of a short film project called “20Ghana.” The film aimed to shed light on captivating stories about Ghana that foreigners may not be familiar with. The project turned out to be a success, receiving high praise from viewers and affirming Emmanuel’s belief that he could succeed in the industry he had chosen.
Emmanuel’s collaboration with Ebeneza Blanche extended beyond “20Ghana,” as Blanche served as the director and photographer for some of his early modeling and acting endeavors. Through this collaboration, Emmanuel was introduced to Director Joy Williams, whom he regards as a big brother figure and appreciates for his belief in his talent and the opportunity to work together. Joy Williams became the second director Emmanuel collaborated with, further enriching his experience in the industry.
Emmanuel’s talent and charisma have captured the attention of numerous publications and photographers. In 2021, he graced the cover of “theperfectmagzines” and was featured in Campbell Addy’s “FEELING SEEN” photography exhibition and print issue. Been able to work with some amazing photographers in the modeling industry such as
Ebeneza balance ,Campbell addy, Mphomokgadi,Fiifi abban ,Kyleweeks ,Jude lartey ,Kweku yeboah, Carlos Idun-Tawiah ,Kwabenya sekyi appiah nti and many more which I really enjoy and really appreciate the fact that we were able to work together.
Additionally, he appeared in the indie magazine print issue alongside Adidas. His striking presence has also earned him features in renowned publications such as ELLE USA, VOGUE, PHOTOVOGUE, GQSTYLE, Indie magazine print issue with lawrie Abei as the creative and stylist and the GOODNEWS book by Kyle Weeks. Emmanuel’s work has also been recognized by Nataal media, further solidifying his reputation as a rising star in the industry.
Emmanuel’s talent extends beyond modeling, as he has also been involved in various music videos. Notable appearances include WizKid’s “Essence” featuring Tems, Jae5’s “Dimension” featuring
Skepta and Rema, Stonebwoy’s “Into the Future,” Burna Boy’s “Onyeka,” and Little Simz’s “Point and Kill” featuring Obongyar.
In addition to his modeling and music video appearances, Emmanuel has showcased his acting skills in several films. Apart from his debut in “20Ghana,” he starred in the short film “Mathlete,” which can be found on YouTube. The film has received critical acclaim and was premiered in multiple cities, including London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Kenya, and Ghana. Another notable film Emmanuel starred in is “Nazongi,” which had its premiere in Rotterdam and has been selected for three international festivals, solidifying his reputation as a versatile and talented actor.
Nazongi” has garnered attention, having been premiered in Rotterdam and selected for three international festivals: Zanzibar International Film Festival, African Diaspora Cinema Festival, and Rotterdam’s Open Doek.
The list of brands Emmanuel has collaborated with is extensive and impressive. Noteworthy campaign shoots have included collaborations with Theneworiginals, Freetheyouth_ghana, Hanahana Beauty, Jordan Thunder 4, Ajabeng Ghana, Brommon, virtual runway of the 2021, New York Fashion Week and more. Emmanuel is grateful for the opportunity to work with these brands and appreciates their belief in his abilities.
Emmanuel Wilberforce, aka Protein, continues to make waves in the modeling and acting industry. With his natural talent, hard work, and growing list of accomplishments, it is clear that he is a rising star to watch. As he continues to explore new opportunities and collaborate with talented individuals, Emmanuel is poised for an exciting and successful future in the world of fashion, film and entertainment.