Famous Ghanaian - Ghanaian Celebrities

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.

Find out more about the greatest Ghanaians, including W. E. B. Du Bois, Boris Kodjoe, Kofi Annan, Kwame Nkrumah and Michael Blackson.

The Most Famous Ghanaian

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Boris KodjoeMarch 8, 1973Austrian, German, GhanaianBoris Kodjoe is a German-Ghanaian actor from Austria
John Dramani MahamaNovember 29, 1958GhanaianJohn Dramani Mahama is the current President of Ghana, who is also a good communicator and a writer
Michael BlacksonNovember 28, 1972Ghanaian, AmericanMichael Blackson is an Ghanian-American actor and stand-up comedian
Kwame NkrumahSeptember 21, 1909Ghanaian, RomanianKwame Nkrumah was the first president and first Prime Minister of Ghana after nation’s independence from British rule
Yaa Asantewaa1840GhanaianYaa Asantewaa was queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti/Asante Empire
Komla Dumor1972GhanaianKomla Dumor was a Ghanaian journalist who worked for the BBC news
Akua DansuaApril 23, 1958GhanaianAkua Dansua is a Ghanaian journalist and politician who was a Member of Parliament for more than a decade
Tinchy StryderSeptember 14, 1986GhanaianTinchy Stryder is a Ghanaian-English grime vocalist and an industrialist, famously dubbed as ‘The Star in the Hood’
Kofi AnnanApril 8, 1938GhanaianKofi Annan was the seventh secretary general of the United Nations
Esther Afua OclooApril 18, 1919GhanaianEsther Afua Ocloo was one of the founders of Women's World Banking

Komla Dumor

Komla Dumor was a Ghanaian journalist who worked for the BBC news

Ghanaian1972168 views

John Dramani Mahama

John Dramani Mahama is the current President of Ghana, who is also a good communicator and a writer

GhanaianNovember 29, 1958268 views

Akua Dansua

Akua Dansua is a Ghanaian journalist and politician who was a Member of Parliament for more than a decade

GhanaianApril 23, 1958166 views

Peter Turkson

Peter Turkson is a Ghanaian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church

GhanaianOctober 11, 1948120 views

Tinchy Stryder

Tinchy Stryder is a Ghanaian-English grime vocalist and an industrialist, famously dubbed as ‘The Star in the Hood’

GhanaianSeptember 14, 1986142 views

Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan was the seventh secretary general of the United Nations

GhanaianApril 8, 1938140 views

Yaa Asantewaa

Yaa Asantewaa was queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti/Asante Empire

Ghanaian1840180 views

Michael Blackson

Michael Blackson is an Ghanian-American actor and stand-up comedian

GhanaianNovember 28, 1972264 views

Kwame Nkrumah

Kwame Nkrumah was the first president and first Prime Minister of Ghana after nation’s independence from British rule

GhanaianSeptember 21, 1909193 views