Influential Ghanaians

influential ghanaians

We at Ghana365 have put together a list of some really influential Ghanaians, and before you ask we have excluded presidents. Across the globe they are doing both amazing and inspirational things.  Let us know what you think of these individuals in the comments below and who you think we should add in time for part 2.

Kofi Annan

Born – 8 April 1938 – 18 August 2018, Ghana.

During his two terms as UN Secretary-General, the Ghanaian born diplomat was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for his work advocating for global peace and human rights.

“We may have different religions, different coloured skin but we all belong to one human race.” – Kofi Annan


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Idris Elba


Born – 6 September 1972, London

Idrissa Akuna Elba OBE is an English actor, writer, producer, rapper, singer, songwriter and DJ.

He is known for roles including Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire, DCI John Luther in the BBC One series Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom


Born – 26 July 1993, London.

Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr., better known by his stage name Stormzy. He is an English grime and hip hop artist of Ghanaian descent.

Stormzy won Best Grime Act at the 2014 and 2015 MOBO Awards. He was also named as an artist to look out for in the BBC’s influential Sound of 2015 list.

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Virgil Abloh

Born – 30 September 1980, Illinois

Virgil Abloh is a designer, entrepreneur, and DJ and is the CEO of Off-White, a fashion house he founded in 2013.

He has been the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear collection since March 2018. 

Amoako Boafo

Born – 5 November 1964, Ghana

Ghanaian born artist. Dior Men’s @dior creative director.  Kim Jones has worked with Mr Boafo to create menswear for Spring – Summer 2021 collection!

This is definitely an Artist to watch out for in 2020 and beyond. We are sure bigger things are ahead for him!


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Michael Essien

Born – 3 December 1982, Accra, Ghana

Michael Kojo Essien is a professional footballer. He played as a midfielder and currently a part of Danish Superliga club FC Nordsjællands Player /coaching staff. Michael has also been capped for the Ghana national team more than 50 times. Essien started his career playing for Liberty Professionals in Ghana.

Kofi Kingston

Born – 14 August 1981, Kumasi, Ghana.

Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah is a professional Ghanaian-American wrestler who is currently signed to WWE, where he works under the ring name Kofi Kingston on the SmackDown brand.

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June Sarpong Obe


Born – 31 May 1977, Accra, Ghana

She is a Ghanaian British television broadcaster and presenter.  June Sarpong’s career began on the radio station, Kiss FM @kissfmuk and then became an MTV UK and Ireland presenter.

She has featured and made appearances on a variety of channels and shows.
For instance she was on the panel of @loosewomen and a programme on @skynews called The Pledge and even Question time.

Akyaaba Addai-Sebo

Born – October 1950, Ghana

In 1987 the concept of Black History was developed by Akyaaba Addai-Sebo. A special projects officer at the GLC, and later at London , Strategic Policy Unit.

With the support of these bodies, politicians, community activists and senior officers Addai-Sebo coordinated the first official Black History Month event on October 1, 1987.

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Shatta Wale

Born – 17 October 1985, Tema, Ghana

Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr, known as Shatta Wale is a Ghanaian singer, songwriter, actor and CEO of Shatta Movement empire.
He is a popular international artist that has collaborated with many music artists including Beyonce, and Mavado.  Shatta Wale has also featured in films such as Never Say Never, The trial of Shatta Wale, and Shattered Lives.  Shatta Wale has won many awards, such as at the Vodafone Ghana Music and MOBO awards.


Edward Enninful

Born – 22 February 1972, Ghana

Edward Kobina Enninful OBE is editor-in-chief of British Vogue.
He was appointed as a fashion director of British fashion magazine i-D at the age of 18 for which he held a position for over two decades.

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Michael Blackson


Born – November 28, 1972, Ghana

Michael Blackson is an American actor and stand-up comedian who is known as ‘ The African King of Comedy.’
Michael was born in Ghana.

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