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.
Kofi AnnanKofi Annan
(Former UN Secretary General)

08 April 1938

W. E. B. Du BoisW. E. B. Du Bois
(Civil Rights Activists)

23 February 1868

Boris KodjoeBoris Kodjoe
(Actor, Former Model)

08 March 1973

Kwame NkrumahKwame Nkrumah
(First President of Ghana)

21 September 1909

Michael BlacksonMichael Blackson
(Actor)

28 November 1972

Tinchy Stryder Tinchy Stryder
(Rapper)

14 September 1986

Yaa AsantewaaYaa Asantewaa
(Queens Mother)

1840 AD

Komla DumorKomla Dumor
(Journalist)

1972 AD

Peter TurksonPeter Turkson
(Cardinal)

11 October 1948

John Dramani MahamaJohn Dramani Mahama
(President of Ghana)

29 November 1958

Esther Afua OclooEsther Afua Ocloo
(Co-Founder of Women's World Banking)

18 April 1919

Akua DansuaAkua Dansua
(Ghanaian Politician)

23 April 1958

Kojo AnnanKojo Annan

25 July 1973

Freddy AduFreddy Adu
(Soccer player)

02 June 1989

Michael EssienMichael Essien
(Footballer)

03 December 1982

Adetomiwa EdunAdetomiwa Edun
(Actor)

04 March 1984

Kwadwo AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
(Ghanaian footballer)

09 December 1988

Nana Akufo-AddoNana Akufo-Addo
(diplomat, lawyer, politician)

09 March 1944

Asamoah GyanAsamoah Gyan
(Ghanaian footballer)

22 November 1985

Marcel DesaillyMarcel Desailly
(Association football player)

07 September 1968

Emmanuel FrimpongEmmanuel Frimpong
(Footballer)

10 January 1992

Emmanuel FrimpongEmmanuel Frimpong
(Footballer)

10 January 1992

Jerry RawlingsJerry Rawlings
(Politician, Soldier)

22 June 1947

Sulley MuntariSulley Muntari
(Footballer)

27 August 1984

John Atta MillsJohn Atta Mills
(Politician, University teacher, Lawyer)

21 July 1944

John KufuorJohn Kufuor
(President)

08 December 1938

Alexander TetteyAlexander Tettey
(Association football player)

04 April 1986

Stephen AppiahStephen Appiah
(Footballer)

24 December 1980

Gerald AsamoahGerald Asamoah
(Association football player)

03 October 1978

Sally HayfronSally Hayfron
(Politician)

06 June 1931

Edward Akufo-AddoEdward Akufo-Addo
(Judge, Lawyer, Politician)

26 June 1906

Abédi PeléAbédi Pelé
(Ghanaian footballer)

05 November 1964

John Atta-MillsJohn Atta-Mills
(Former President of Ghana)

21 July 1944

John PantsilJohn Pantsil
(Footballer)

15 June 1981