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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.
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W. E. B. Du Bois
(Civil Rights Activists)
W. E. B. Du Bois
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Birthdate: February 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 27, 1963

W. E. B. Du Bois was an American civil rights activist, sociologist, and Pan-Africanist. Du Bois played an instrumental role in fighting for full civil rights for people of color around the world. A co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Du Bois also played an important role as the leader of the Niagara Movement.

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Kofi Annan
(Former UN Secretary General)
Kofi Annan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kumasi, Ghana
Died: August 18, 2018

Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation and a co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. During his stint with the UN, he launched the UN Global Compact and worked to combat HIV/AIDS. 

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Kwame Nkrumah
(First President of Ghana)
Kwame Nkrumah
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 21, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nkroful
Died: April 27, 1972

Kwame Nkrumah was a Ghanaian revolutionary and politician. He played an important role in the independence of the Gold Coast in 1957, after which he served as the first prime minister of Ghana from 1957 to 1960 and then as the first president of Ghana from 1960 to 1966. He also played an influential role as an advocate of Pan-Africanism.

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Marcel Desailly
(Former Footballer centre-back and defensive midfielder)
Marcel Desailly
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

Born in Ghana, Marcel Desailly first gained attention after moving to the Olympique de Marseille and winning the UEFA Champions League. He then gained fame with AC Milan and Chelsea, and was part of the 1998 World Cup-winning French squad. A BBC Sport pundit post-retirement, he also represents UNICEF

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Kofi Kingston
(Only African-Born World Champion in WWE History)
Kofi Kingston
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kumasi, Ghana
Ghanaian-American wrestler Kofi Kingston plays for the WWE brand Raw. He was initially known as Kofi Nahaje Kingston and used his Jamaican identity in the wrestling circuit, but later began to be billed from Ghana. The 13-time Tag Team Champion has also won the Intercontinental and U.S. championships.
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Michaela Coel
(British Actress and Screenwriter Known for Her TV Series: 'Chewing Gum' and 'I May Destroy You')
Michaela Coel
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Birthdate: October 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
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Michael Essien
(Footballer)
Michael Essien
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Accra
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Abedi Pele
(Footballer)
Abedi Pele
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyebi, Ghana
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Michael Blackson
(Actor & Comedian)
Michael Blackson
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Birthdate: November 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ghana

Known as The African King of Comedy, the Ghanaian-Liberian-American comedian Michael Blackson considers Eddie Murphy one of his greatest inspirations. An encounter with Ice Cube at The Comedy Store, turned Blackson’s future around. He is also known for his hit films Next Friday and Meet the Blacks.

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André Ayew
(Association football player)
André Ayew
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seclin, France
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Peter Mensah
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Birthdate: August 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chiraa, Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana
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Sulley Muntari
(Footballer)
Sulley Muntari
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Konongo, Ghana
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Akosua Busia
(Actress)
Akosua Busia
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Birthdate: December 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ghana
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Asamoah Gyan
(Ghanaian footballer)
Asamoah Gyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Accra
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Sarkodie
(Ghanaian Rapper and Songwriter Known for His Work in the Azonto Genre)
Sarkodie
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tema, Ghana

Popular Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie has made a substantial contribution to hip-hop and Afrobeats and is also considered a pioneer of the Azonto genre of music. Apart from his dance tracks, he is also known for his charitable work for underprivileged children. He owns a clothing and accessory line too.

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Ezekiel Ansah
(American Football player)
Ezekiel Ansah
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
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Reggie Tsiboe
(Ghanaian-British Singer and a Member of the Chart-Busting Disco Group 'Boney M')
Reggie Tsiboe
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kumasi, Gold Coast (now Ghana)

Though born in Ghana, singer Reggie Tsiboe grew up in England since age 11. Starting his music career in Germany, he later joined the iconic disco group Boney M. He has also been an actor in Ghanaian films and has starred in various British TV programs such as Doctor Who.

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Tinchy Stryder
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Accra

Ghanaian-British rapper Kwasi Esono Danquah III is better known as Tinchy Stryder, "Tinchy" being an indication of his short frame and "Stryder" indicating a game he played as a child. Famous for his album Star in the Hood, he also owns an apparel range of the same name.

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Van Vicker
(Actor)
Van Vicker
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Birthdate: August 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
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Azumah Nelson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
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Jackie Appiah
(Actress)
Jackie Appiah
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Birthdate: December 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Majid Michel
(Ghanaian Actor Best Known for His Film 'Somewhere in Africa')
Majid Michel
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cantonments, Accra, Ghana

The son of a Ghanaian mother and a Lebanese father, Majid Michel soared to fame with his role of a Lebanese boy, Shaker, in the Ghanaian series Things We Do for Love. He later gained popularity with Nollywood films such as Silent Scandals and delivered an award-winning performance in Somewhere in Africa.

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Esther Afua Ocloo
(Co-Founder of Women's World Banking)
Esther Afua Ocloo
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: South Dayi District, Ghana
Died: February 8, 2002

Ghanaian businesswoman Esther Afua Ocloo, better known as the founder of Women’s World Banking, had stepped into the world of business with less than a dollar. She initially sold marmalade in Ghana and then moved to England to learn food processing, eventually turning into a microlending pioneer.

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Abraham Attah
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Birthdate: July 2, 2001
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ghana
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Richard Commey
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ghana
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Abdul Razak Alhassan
(Mixed martial artist)
Abdul Razak Alhassan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
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Joshua Buatsi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
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Kevin-Prince Boateng
(Professional Football Player Who Plays as Midfielder)
Kevin-Prince Boateng
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
German-born Ghanaian footballer Kevin-Prince Boateng, nicknamed “Prince,” plays for Serie B club Monza, as a midfielder and forward. He has earlier won the La Liga with Barcelona and the Serie A with Milan. While he played for the Bundesliga club Schalke 04, he also represented Ghana in two World Cups.
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William Boyd
(Novelist)
William Boyd
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Accra, Gold Coast (British colony) Gold Coast
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Yaa Asantewaa
(Queens Mother)
Yaa Asantewaa
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Birthdate: 1840 AD
Birthplace: Besease
Died: October 17, 1920

The Queen Mother of the Ashanti Empire, or modern-day Ghana, Yaa Asantewaa is remembered for leading her country against the British in the War of the Golden Stool. The war began when a British representative sat on the Golden Stool, considered a sacred emblem of the Ashanti people.

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Jeffrey Schlupp
(Full back, Winger)
Jeffrey Schlupp
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
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Yaa Gyasi
(Novelist)
Yaa Gyasi
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: Mampong, Ghana
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John Atta Mills
(Former President of Ghana (2009 – 2012))
John Atta Mills
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tarkwa, Ghana
Died: July 24, 2012

John Atta Mills was a Ghanaian legal scholar and politician. He is best known for his service as the President of Ghana from 2009 until his death in 2012. Previously, he had served as the Vice President of Ghana from 1997 to 2001. John Atta Mills was the recipient of many prestigious awards such as the Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize.

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John Dramani Mahama
(President of Ghana)
John Dramani Mahama
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Damongo

John Dramani Mahama is a Ghanaian politician who served as the president of Ghana from July 2012 to January 2017. He was previously the vice president of Ghana from January 2009 to July 2012. He is the first head of state of Ghana to have been born after Ghana's independence. He is a staunch campaigner for sustainability. 

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Sandeep Chowta
(Music director)
Sandeep Chowta
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: Buduburam, Ghana
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Nana Akufo-Addo
(Fifth President of Ghana)
Nana Akufo-Addo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

Nana Akufo-Addo is a Ghanaian politician and the current President of Ghana. An important politician, Akufo-Addo also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1 April 2003 to 1 July 2007. In 2017, Nana Akufo-Addo was honored by the Africa-America Institute with the prestigious National Achievement Award.

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KiDi
(Ghanaian High-Life and Afrobeats Singer Best Known for His Hit 'Odo')
KiDi
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

Ghanaian singer Dennis Nana Dwamena, better known by his stage name, KiDi, is a master of high-life and Afrobeats. Though an economics graduate, his love for music made him start a music career with cover versions. His music has earned him many honors, such as 4 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

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Emmanuel Frimpong
(Footballer)
Emmanuel Frimpong
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kumasi
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Amaarae
(Ghanaian Singer Known for Her Soul, Afro-Fusion, and R&B Hits)
Amaarae
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, United States

Ghanaian singer Ama Serwah Genfi, better known by her stage name, Amaarae, soared to fame with the 2020 hit Sad Girlz Luv Money, which became viral after it was remixed the following year. Known for her signature buzz haircut, she is also a popular style icon.

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Yvonne Nelson
(Ghanaian Actress and Film Producer Known for Her Film 'House of Gold')
Yvonne Nelson
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Birthdate: November 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
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Kwadwo Asamoah
(Ghanaian footballer)
Kwadwo Asamoah
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 9, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kumasi
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Jerry Rawlings
(First President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana (1993 - 2001))
Jerry Rawlings
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
Died: November 12, 2020
Jerry Rawlings led Ghana as the head of state and the president. An army pilot, he first came to power in 1979, after a coup. Though he was sentenced to death for plotting against General Fred Akuffo, he managed to escape. He had also formed the National Democratic Congress.
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Baba Rahman
(Football player)
Baba Rahman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tamale, Ghana
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MaameYaa Boafo
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Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Pakistan
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Stephen Appiah
(Footballer)
Stephen Appiah
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Achimota
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Joshua Clottey
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
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Nadia Buari
(Actress)
Nadia Buari
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Birthdate: November 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana
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Juliet Ibrahim
(Ghanaian Actor Best Known for Her Film '4 Play')
Juliet Ibrahim
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Birthdate: March 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

The daughter of a Ghanaian-Liberian mother and a Lebanese father, Juliet Ibrahim had a tough childhood torn by civil war before she made her mark as an actor in Ghanaian films. Best known for her award-winning performance in the Nigerian-Ghanaian romantic comedy 4 Play, she once accused her former boyfriend of raping her.

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Akrobeto
(Ghanaian Actor, Comedian and TV Presenter Known for His Comic Acts)
Akrobeto
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Birthdate: November 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ayirebi, Ghana
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Fathia Nkrumah
(First Lady)
Fathia Nkrumah
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: El-Zaytoun, Egypt
Died: May 31, 2007