Ghanaian

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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 1 W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois.
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Famous As: Civil Rights Activists
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.

 2 Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former UN Secretary General
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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 3 Kwame Nkrumah

Kwame Nkrumah.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: First President of Ghana
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.

 4 Kofi Kingston

Kofi Kingston.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
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.

 5 Boris Kodjoe

Boris Kodjoe.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actor, Former Model
Birthdate: March 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Boris Kodjoe is an Austrian-American former model, actor, and producer. Over the years, he has been part of several popular films and TV series, such as Brown Sugar, Resident Evil: Afterlife, and Station 19. Also known for his good looks, Boris Kodjoe was named in People magazine's list of 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 2002.

 6 Marcel Desailly

Marcel Desailly
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Accra

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

 7 Kevin-Prince Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: March 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin
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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 8 Michaela Coel

Michaela Coel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

 9 Michael Blackson

Michael Blackson.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 10 Freddy Adu

Freddy Adu.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Soccer Player
Birthdate: June 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tema

Freddy Adu is an American soccer player who was touted as the next Pelé when he was 14 years old. However, he did not live up to the expectations and has since been a journeyman, playing for several teams in different countries. He currently plays for Österlen FF, a Swedish Division 1 club. He has also represented his national team.

 11 Michael Essien

Michael Essien
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Accra

 12 Abedi Pele

Abedi Pele
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyebi, Ghana

 13 Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stratford, London, England, UK

 14 Peter Mensah

Peter Mensah
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chiraa, Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana

 15 Sulley Muntari

Sulley Muntari
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Konongo, Ghana

 16 Emmanuel Frimpong

Emmanuel Frimpong
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kumasi

 17 Abdul Razak Alhassan

Abdul Razak Alhassan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: August 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

 18 Kwadwo Asamoah

Kwadwo Asamoah
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Ghanaian footballer
Birthdate: December 9, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kumasi

 19 Sarkodie

Sarkodie
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tema, Ghana

 20 Tinchy Stryder

Tinchy Stryder.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
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.

 21 Reggie Tsiboe

Reggie Tsiboe
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kumasi, Gold Coast (now Ghana)

 22 Akosua Busia

Akosua Busia
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ghana

 23 Abraham Attah

Abraham Attah
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 2, 2001
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ghana

 24 Ezekiel Ansah

Ezekiel Ansah
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: May 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

 25 Esther Afua Ocloo

Esther Afua Ocloo.
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Co-Founder of Women's World Banking
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.

 26 Adetomiwa Edun

Adetomiwa Edun
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 4, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lagos

 27 Majid Michel

Majid Michel
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cantonments, Accra, Ghana

 28 Azumah Nelson

Azumah Nelson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: July 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

 29 Jackie Appiah

Jackie Appiah
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 30 Nadia Buari

Nadia Buari
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana

 31 Van Vicker

Van Vicker
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

 32 Stonebwoy

Stonebwoy
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ashaiman, Ghana

 33 Yaa Asantewaa

Yaa Asantewaa.
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Famous As: Queens Mother
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.

 34 MaameYaa Boafo

MaameYaa Boafo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Pakistan

 35 Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: Mampong, Ghana

 36 William Boyd

William Boyd
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Accra, Gold Coast (British colony) Gold Coast

 37 Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Ghanaian footballer
Birthdate: November 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Accra

 38 John Atta Mills

John Atta Mills
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President
Birthdate: July 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tarkwa, Ghana
Died: July 24, 2012

 39 KiDi

KiDi
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

 40 Alexander Tettey

Alexander Tettey
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Accra

 41 Gerald Asamoah

Gerald Asamoah
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mampong

 42 Nana Akufo-Addo

Nana Akufo-Addo
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

 43 John Kufuor

John Kufuor
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President
Birthdate: December 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kumasi

 44 Jerry Rawlings

Jerry Rawlings.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Ghana
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.

 45 John Dramani Mahama

John Dramani Mahama.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Ghana
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. 

 46 Richard Commey

Richard Commey
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: October 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ghana

 47 Baba Rahman

Baba Rahman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tamale, Ghana

 48 Joshua Clottey

Joshua Clottey
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: October 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

 49 Yvonne Nelson

Yvonne Nelson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

 50 Akrobeto

Akrobeto
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ayirebi, Ghana