When we speak of famous personalities associated with Ghana, the name of Kofi Annan, the 7th UN Secretary-General, is undoubtedly one of the first ones to come to mind. A Nobel Laureate, Annan has been involved in several humanitarian projects and has won several awards including the Kora All Africa Music Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. The 20th century historian and civil rights activist, William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois, is another personality who had deep connections with the Ghanaian soil even though he was not born in the nation. Ghana, whose population comprises dozens of native ethnic groups, has a rich tradition in music and dance with each ethnic group having its own traditional dances to mark different occasions. Music in Ghana has now evolved to include internationally loved genres like hip hop and rapper Reggie Rockstone and emerged as "the Godfather of Hiplife". Hiplife, a musical style that fuses highlife and hip hop, has gained popularity across the world in countries like the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Germany. Ghana has also produced notable sportsmen like Tony Yeboah, Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng, and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu. Read on to discover about the life and works of famous Ghanaians.
Jerry RawlingsJerry Rawlings
22 June 1947
Politician
W. E. B. Du BoisW. E. B. Du Bois
23 February 1868
Civil Rights Activists

Boris KodjoeBoris Kodjoe
08 March 1973
Actor, Former Model

Kwame NkrumahKwame Nkrumah
21 September 1909
First President of Ghana

Kevin-Prince BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
06 March 1987
Football Player

Freddy AduFreddy Adu
02 June 1989
Soccer Player
Kofi AnnanKofi Annan
08 April 1938
Former UN Secretary General

Kofi KingstonKofi Kingston
14 August 1981
Wrestler

Michael BlacksonMichael Blackson
28 November 1972
Actor
Tinchy Stryder Tinchy Stryder
14 September 1986
Rapper

John Dramani MahamaJohn Dramani Mahama
29 November 1958
President of Ghana
Yaa AsantewaaYaa Asantewaa
1840 AD
Queens Mother

Peter TurksonPeter Turkson
11 October 1948
Cardinal

Komla DumorKomla Dumor
1972 AD
Journalist

Esther Afua OclooEsther Afua Ocloo
18 April 1919
Co-Founder of Women's World Banking

Akua DansuaAkua Dansua
23 April 1958
Ghanaian Politician
Michaela CoelMichaela Coel
01 October 1987
Actress

Nana Akufo-AddoNana Akufo-Addo
29 March 1944
Politician

Michael EssienMichael Essien
03 December 1982
Footballer

Asamoah GyanAsamoah Gyan
22 November 1985
Ghanaian footballer
Emmanuel FrimpongEmmanuel Frimpong
10 January 1992
Footballer

Chris HughtonChris Hughton
11 December 1958
Footballer
Marcel DesaillyMarcel Desailly
07 September 1968
Association football player

Baba RahmanBaba Rahman
02 July 1994
Football player

John KufuorJohn Kufuor
08 December 1938
President
John Atta MillsJohn Atta Mills
21 July 1944
President

Kwadwo AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
09 December 1988
Ghanaian footballer
Sulley MuntariSulley Muntari
27 August 1984
Footballer

SarkodieSarkodie
10 July 1985
Rapper

Abedi PeleAbedi Pele
05 November 1964
Footballer
Ezekiel AnsahEzekiel Ansah
29 May 1989
American Football player

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William BoydWilliam Boyd
07 March 1952
Novelist
Ignatius Kutu AcheampongIgnatius Kutu Acheampong
23 September 1931
Military Officer

Edward Akufo-AddoEdward Akufo-Addo
26 June 1906
Judge, Lawyer, Politician

Adetomiwa EdunAdetomiwa Edun
04 March 1984
Actor

Hilla LimannHilla Limann
12 December 1934
Politician
Alexander TetteyAlexander Tettey
04 April 1986
Association football player
Stephen AppiahStephen Appiah
24 December 1980
Footballer

Sally HayfronSally Hayfron
06 June 1931
Politician

Kojo AnnanKojo Annan
25 July 1973
 

Ama Ata AidooAma Ata Aidoo
23 March 1942
Author
Gerald AsamoahGerald Asamoah
03 October 1978
Association football player

Okomfo AnokyeOkomfo Anokye
Priest

J.B. DanquahJ.B. Danquah
18 December 1895
Politician

Osei Kofi Tutu IOsei Kofi Tutu I
1660 AD
King

John PantsilJohn Pantsil
15 June 1981
Footballer
Otomfuo Opoku Ware IIOtomfuo Opoku Ware II
30 November 1919
King of the Asante Kingdom

Ayi Kwei ArmahAyi Kwei Armah
28 October 1939
Writer
Kofi AwoonorKofi Awoonor
13 March 1935
Poet

Efua SutherlandEfua Sutherland
27 June 1924
Playwright

Kwadwo Owusu AfriyieKwadwo Owusu Afriyie
1957 AD
Politician
Dominic OduroDominic Oduro
13 August 1985
Footballer

Akwasi FrimpongAkwasi Frimpong
11 February 1986
Skeleton racer
Sumaila Ndewura JakpaSumaila Ndewura Jakpa
King

Kwame Nkrumah-AcheampongKwame Nkrumah-Acheampong
19 December 1974
Alpine skier

Nyan BoatengNyan Boateng
23 February 1987
American football player

Osagyefuo Kuntunkununku IIOsagyefuo Kuntunkununku II
22 February 1942
Ghanaian official

Frank Kobina ParkesFrank Kobina Parkes
08 March 1932
Journalist
Francis SelormeyFrancis Selormey
15 April 1927
Novelist