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
Freddy AduFreddy Adu
02 June 1989
Soccer Player

Kwame NkrumahKwame Nkrumah
21 September 1909
First President of Ghana

Kofi AnnanKofi Annan
08 April 1938
Former UN Secretary General

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

Boris KodjoeBoris Kodjoe
08 March 1973
Actor, Former Model
Michael BlacksonMichael Blackson
28 November 1972
Actor

Tinchy Stryder Tinchy Stryder
14 September 1986
Rapper

Yaa AsantewaaYaa Asantewaa
1840 AD
Queens Mother

Komla DumorKomla Dumor
1972 AD
Journalist
Peter TurksonPeter Turkson
11 October 1948
Cardinal

John Dramani MahamaJohn Dramani Mahama
29 November 1958
President of Ghana
Esther Afua OclooEsther Afua Ocloo
18 April 1919
Co-Founder of Women's World Banking

Akua DansuaAkua Dansua
23 April 1958
Ghanaian Politician

Michael EssienMichael Essien
03 December 1982
Footballer
Asamoah GyanAsamoah Gyan
22 November 1985
Ghanaian footballer

Chris HughtonChris Hughton
11 December 1958
Footballer
Michaela CoelMichaela Coel
01 October 1987
Actress

Nana Akufo-AddoNana Akufo-Addo
09 March 1944
diplomat, lawyer, politician

Marcel DesaillyMarcel Desailly
07 September 1968
Association football player
Carla JuriCarla Juri
02 January 1985
Actress

Jerry RawlingsJerry Rawlings
22 June 1947
Politician, Soldier
Sulley MuntariSulley Muntari
27 August 1984
Footballer

Kwadwo AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
09 December 1988
Ghanaian footballer

Emmanuel FrimpongEmmanuel Frimpong
10 January 1992
Footballer

Emmanuel FrimpongEmmanuel Frimpong
10 January 1992
Footballer
Sally HayfronSally Hayfron
06 June 1931
Politician
Adetomiwa EdunAdetomiwa Edun
04 March 1984
Actor

Alexander TetteyAlexander Tettey
04 April 1986
Association football player

John Atta MillsJohn Atta Mills
21 July 1944
Politician, University teacher, Lawyer

Kojo AnnanKojo Annan
25 July 1973
 
Stephen AppiahStephen Appiah
24 December 1980
Footballer

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John KufuorJohn Kufuor
08 December 1938
President

Gerald AsamoahGerald Asamoah
03 October 1978
Association football player

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

Abédi PeléAbédi Pelé
05 November 1964
Ghanaian footballer
John Atta-MillsJohn Atta-Mills
21 July 1944
Former President of Ghana

William BoydWilliam Boyd
07 March 1952
Novelist
John PantsilJohn Pantsil
15 June 1981
Footballer