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.
W. E. B. Du BoisW. E. B. Du Bois
23 February 1868
Civil Rights Activists
Kwame NkrumahKwame Nkrumah
21 September 1909
First President of Ghana

Boris KodjoeBoris Kodjoe
08 March 1973
Actor, Former Model

Kofi KingstonKofi Kingston
14 August 1981
Wrestler

Kofi AnnanKofi Annan
08 April 1938
Former UN Secretary General

Kevin-Prince BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
06 March 1987
Football Player
Freddy AduFreddy Adu
02 June 1989
Soccer Player

Michael BlacksonMichael Blackson
28 November 1972
Actor

Jerry RawlingsJerry Rawlings
22 June 1947
Politician
Yaa AsantewaaYaa Asantewaa
1840 AD
Queens Mother

Tinchy Stryder Tinchy Stryder
14 September 1986
Rapper
John Dramani MahamaJohn Dramani Mahama
29 November 1958
President of Ghana

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

Michael EssienMichael Essien
03 December 1982
Footballer

Nana Akufo-AddoNana Akufo-Addo
29 March 1944
Politician

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

Asamoah GyanAsamoah Gyan
22 November 1985
Ghanaian footballer
Peter MensahPeter Mensah
27 August 1959
Actor

Reggie TsiboeReggie Tsiboe
07 September 1950
Singer

Baba RahmanBaba Rahman
02 July 1994
Football player
Yaa GyasiYaa Gyasi
1989 AD
Novelist

SarkodieSarkodie
10 July 1985
Rapper
Sulley MuntariSulley Muntari
27 August 1984
Footballer

Abedi PeleAbedi Pele
05 November 1964
Footballer

Akosua BusiaAkosua Busia
30 December 1966
Actress
Emmanuel FrimpongEmmanuel Frimpong
10 January 1992
Footballer

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Gerald AsamoahGerald Asamoah
03 October 1978
Association football player
Kwadwo AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
09 December 1988
Ghanaian footballer

Richard CommeyRichard Commey
10 October 1987
Boxer

Ezekiel AnsahEzekiel Ansah
29 May 1989
American Football player

AkrobetoAkrobeto
18 November 1962
Actor
El AnatsuiEl Anatsui
1944 AD
Sculptor
William BoydWilliam Boyd
07 March 1952
Novelist

Adetomiwa EdunAdetomiwa Edun
04 March 1984
Actor

StonebwoyStonebwoy
05 March 1988
Singer

John KufuorJohn Kufuor
08 December 1938
President
Van VickerVan Vicker
01 August 1977
Actor

Nana Konadu Agyeman RawlingsNana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings
17 November 1948
Politician

Alexander TetteyAlexander Tettey
04 April 1986
Association football player

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

Nadia BuariNadia Buari
21 November 1982
Actress
Azumah NelsonAzumah Nelson
19 July 1958
Boxer

J.B. DanquahJ.B. Danquah
18 December 1895
Politician
Jackie AppiahJackie Appiah
05 December 1983
Actress

Rebecca Akufo-AddoRebecca Akufo-Addo
12 March 1951
First Lady of Ghana

Samira BawumiaSamira Bawumia
20 August 1980
Politician
Abraham AttahAbraham Attah
02 July 2001
Actor

Majid MichelMajid Michel
22 September 1980
Actor
Fathia NkrumahFathia Nkrumah
22 February 1932
First Lady

John Atta MillsJohn Atta Mills
21 July 1944
President

Okomfo AnokyeOkomfo Anokye
Priest

Shirley Graham Du BoisShirley Graham Du Bois
11 November 1896
Author

AmaaraeAmaarae
04 July 1994
Singer
Abdul Razak AlhassanAbdul Razak Alhassan
11 August 1985
Mixed martial artist

Theodosia OkohTheodosia Okoh
13 June 1922
Artist

Sandister TeiSandister Tei
Media professional

Mavis Hawa KoomsonMavis Hawa Koomson
03 February 1966
Politician
KiDiKiDi
18 August 1993
Musician

Stephen AppiahStephen Appiah
24 December 1980
Footballer
Ama Ata AidooAma Ata Aidoo
23 March 1942
Author

Kojo AnnanKojo Annan
25 July 1973
 

Ignatius Kutu AcheampongIgnatius Kutu Acheampong
23 September 1931
Military Officer
Sally HayfronSally Hayfron
06 June 1931
Politician

Nana Ama McBrownNana Ama McBrown
15 August 1977
Actress
Ursula OwusuUrsula Owusu
20 October 1964
Parliamentarian

Hilla LimannHilla Limann
12 December 1934
Politician

Osei Kofi Tutu IOsei Kofi Tutu I
1660 AD
King
Joshua ClotteyJoshua Clottey
06 October 1977
Boxer

Samia NkrumahSamia Nkrumah
23 June 1960
Politician
Anton Wilhelm AmoAnton Wilhelm Amo
1703 AD
Philosopher

Asiedu NketiaAsiedu Nketia
24 December 1956
Politician

Gyearbuor AsanteGyearbuor Asante
04 November 1941
Actor

CastroCastro
01 May 1982
Recording artist
MaameYaa BoafoMaameYaa Boafo
1980 AD
Actress
Ike QuarteyIke Quartey
27 November 1969
Boxer

John DumeloJohn Dumelo
03 February 1984
Actor

Daddy LumbaDaddy Lumba
29 September 1964
Musician

Kwesi ArthurKwesi Arthur
18 December 1994
Rapper
Juliet IbrahimJuliet Ibrahim
03 March 1986
Actress

Nana Akua AddoNana Akua Addo
Actress

Ben BentilBen Bentil
29 March 1995
Basketball player

Joselyn DumasJoselyn Dumas
31 August 1980
Television Host

Marian Ewurama AddyMarian Ewurama Addy
07 February 1942
Biochemist
Yvonne NelsonYvonne Nelson
12 November 1985
Actress

Kofi KinaataKofi Kinaata
Musician
John PantsilJohn Pantsil
15 June 1981
Footballer

Efua SutherlandEfua Sutherland
27 June 1924
Playwright
Charles AdamuCharles Adamu
08 May 1977
Boxer
Margaret BusbyMargaret Busby
11 October 1944
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