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Famous people from Ghana

Here is a list of famous people from Ghana. Curious if anybody from Ghana made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Kofi Annan


Kofi Atta Annan is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2006. Annan and the United Nations were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize "for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world". From 23 February until 31 August 2012, Annan was the UN–Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria, to help find a resolution to ongoing conflict there. Annan quit after becoming frustrated with the UN's lack of progress with regard to conflict resolution, stating that "when the Syrian people desperately need action, there continues to be finger-pointing and name-calling in the Security Council".

Michael Essien


Michael Kojo Essien is a Ghanaian footballer who plays for Chelsea, and the Ghana national football team. He is a midfielder who has often been touted as a box-to-box midfielder for his ability to exert energy in supporting offensive and defensive play and for his tough tackling style which has earned him the nickname "The Bison". Essien can also play as a defender, both on the right of defence and in the centre. Essien began his career playing for Liberty Professionals in his home country. In 2000, he moved to France joining Bastia. Essien spent three seasons at the club appearing in over 60 matches before joining league champions Olympique Lyonnais in 2003. At Lyon, Essien won back-to-back league titles in 2003–04 and 2004–05 and also played in the UEFA Champions League for the first time. During his five-year stint in France, he acquired French citizenship. In 2005, Essien signed with Chelsea for a fee of £24.4 million and, at the time of his signing, was the most expensive African footballer in history. At Chelsea, Essien helped the club win the Premier League in 2006 and 2010, as well as three FA Cups and one Football League Cup. In 2008, he appeared in the UEFA Champions League Final. He has won the Chelsea Goal of the season award twice, in the 2006–07 and 2008–09 seasons.

Kofi Kingston


Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah is a Ghanaian-American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE under the ring name Kofi Kingston. Since debuting in WWE, Kingston has won 10 championships. He is a four time Intercontinental Champion, a three time United States Champion, a two time Tag Team Champion and a one time World Tag Team Champion with CM Punk.

Kwame Nkrumah


Kwame Nkrumah, P.C. was the leader of Ghana and its predecessor state, the Gold Coast, from 1951 to 1966. Overseeing the nation's independence from British colonial rule in 1957, Nkrumah was the first President of Ghana and the first Prime Minister of Ghana. An influential 20th-century advocate of Pan-Africanism, he was a founding member of the Organization of African Unity and was the winner of the Lenin Peace Prize in 1963. He saw himself as an African Lenin.

Asamoah Gyan


Asamoah Gyan, nicknamed Baby Jet, is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who plays as a striker for Al Ain of the UAE Pro-League. Gyan represented Ghana at the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups, scoring three goals at the latter, and also missing a crucial penalty kick in the last minute of extra-time in a quarter-final defeat by Uruguay.

Sulley Muntari


Suleyman Ali "Sulley" Muntari is a Ghanaian footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Italian club Milan. During his time at Internazionale, he helped the team win the Champions League in 2009–10 and the Serie A title in 2008–09 and 2009–10. He was also part of the Portsmouth team that won the FA Cup in 2007–08. He is the elder brother of CFR Cluj player Sulley Muniru.

Marcel Desailly


Marcel Desailly is a retired Ghanaian born French footballer and star of the France national football team squad, with whom he won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. He also enjoyed a distinguished career at club level with several major European clubs.

John Atta Mills


John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills was a Ghanaian politician, a lawyer, a legal scholar, a tax expert and a sports administrator who was President of Ghana from 2009 until his death in 2012. He was inaugurated on 7 January 2009, having defeated the ruling party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2008 election. He was vice-president from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry Rawlings, and stood unsuccessfully in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress. He is the first Ghanaian Head of State to die in office.

Christian Atsu

Soccer Midfielder

Christian Atsu Twasam is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for Vitesse in the Eredivisie on loan from Chelsea, mainly as a left winger.

Gerald Asamoah

Soccer Midfielder

Gerald Asamoah is a Ghanaian-born German footballer, currently playing for FC Schalke 04 II. He last played as a forward for SpVgg Greuther Fürth and FC St. Pauli, following an 11-year long stay at Schalke 04. He is known for his "pace and strength."

Abedi Pele

Soccer Midfielder

Abedi Ayew, known professionally as Abedi Pele is a former Ghana International football player and captain. Having been given the nickname "Pelé" in recognition of his superior ability that evoked comparisons to Brazilian footballer Pelé, he found fame in France's Ligue 1 with Lille OSC and Olympique Marseille. Three of his sons, Ibrahim, André and Jordan have also become internationals for Ghana; Ibrahim and André were selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Derek Boateng

Soccer Midfielder

Derek Owusu Boateng is a Ghanaian professional footballer who currently plays as a defensive midfielder for Fulham in the Premier League, and the Ghana national team.

Stephen Appiah

Soccer Midfielder

Stephen Leroy Appiah is a retired Ghanaian football midfielder. He has played for several European clubs since 1997. Appiah was a member of the Ghana national team, which he has represented at the youth, Olympic, and senior levels. He captained Ghana at their World Cup debut in 2006 and was a member of their squad for the 2010 World Cup.

Samuel Kuffour


Samuel Osei Kuffour is a Ghanaian retired professional footballer who played as a defender. Known for his great physical power, he is best remembered for his time with Bayern Munich, whom he represented for over a decade, winning a total of 17 major titles, and playing in nearly 250 official matches. Kuffour appeared with the Ghanaian national team in the 2006 World Cup, as well as in four Africa Cup of Nations.

Kwadwo Asamoah

Soccer Midfielder

Kwadwo "Kojo" Asamoah is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Juventus in Italy and the Ghana national football team. He was awarded CAF Most Promising African Player in 2010 and named Ghana Player of the Year for 2012.

William Boyd


William Boyd, CBE is a British novelist and screenwriter resident in London.

Hans Sarpei


Hans Adu Sarpei is a Ghanaian-German ex-footballer who played as a full back. His last club was Bundesliga side Schalke 04. He also was a long time regular for the Ghana national football team. Sarpei most recently played for his country at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Tony Yeboah


Anthony "Tony" Yeboah is a Ghanaian former professional footballer who played as a striker from 1981 to 2002. He is considered one of the most prominent and prolific goal scorers in Ghanaian and African football history and gained a reputation for scoring spectacular goals which often featured in Goal of the Month or Goal of the Season competitions, often celebrated by wagging his index finger towards the crowd. Yeboah is most noted for his time at European clubs 1. FC Saarbrücken, Eintracht Frankfurt, Leeds United and Hamburger SV during the 1990s. He also played for Asante Kotoko, Cornerstones Kumasi, Okwawu United and Al-Ittihad Doha. He was capped 59 times by Ghana, scoring 29 goals. He now runs an international sports agency and a chain of hotels in Ghana.

Wakaso Mubarak

Soccer Midfielder

Wakaso Mubarak, known mononymously as Wakaso, is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for FC Rubin Kazan in Russia, as a left winger.

Jerry Rawlings


Jerry John Rawlings is a former air force officer and the current African Union envoy to Somalia. Rawlings initially came to power in Ghana following a coup d'état in 1979 and, after initially handing power over to a civilian government, took back control of the country on 31 December 1981, as the Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council. He remained in power in this way until 1992, when he resigned from the Armed Forces, founded the National Democratic Congress and became the first president of the Fourth Republic. He was re-elected in 1996 for a further four years. Rawlings initiated his debut coup d'état on 15 May 1979, leading a group of military personnel in a coup attempt on General Fred Akuffo which resulted in him arrested, imprisoned and facing a death sentence. On June 4, soldiers sympathetic to his motivations broke him out of jail, and he led a revolt of both the military and civilians which overthrew General Akuffo and the Supreme Military Council, effectively leaving him in charge. Rawlings and the soldiers around him formed the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council and conducted what it termed "a housecleaning exercise", whose aim was to purge Ghanaian society of all the corruption and social injustices that they perceived to be at the root of their coup d'état.

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu

Soccer Midfielder

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, also known simply as Badu, is a Ghanaian international footballer, who plays for Serie A club Udinese in Italy.

George Boateng


George Boateng is the brother of Jérôme Boateng.

Richmond Boakye


Richmond Yiadom Boakye is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a striker for La Liga club Elche CF, on loan from Juventus, and the Ghana national football team.

Dominic Adiyiah


Dominic Adiyiah is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who plays as a striker for Ukrainian Premier League club Arsenal Kyiv. Adiyiah hails from Offinso in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

Prince Tagoe


Prince Tagoe is a Ghanaian footballer who plays as a striker for Serbian SuperLiga club Partizan

John Mensah


John Mensah is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a defender. Mensah spent the 2009–2010 and 2010–2011 seasons on loan at English club Sunderland in the Premier League. Mensah last played for Rennes in the French Ligue 1 .

John Paintsil

Soccer Midfielder

John Paintsil is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who plays in the South African National First Division for Santos and the Ghana national team. His family name is Paintsil but at birth, it was registered as Pantsil. This then appeared on his passport and his registration with the Premier League.

John Kufuor


John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor was the second President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana and Chairperson of the African Union. His victory over John Atta-Mills after the end of Jerry Rawlings' second term marked the first peaceful democratic transition of power in Ghana since the country's independence in 1957. Kufuor's career has been spent on the liberal-democratic side of Ghanaian politics, in the parties descended from the United Gold Coast Convention and the United Party. He was a minister in Kofi Abrefa Busia's Progress Party government during Ghana's Second Republic, and a Popular Front Party opposition frontbencher during the Third Republic. In the Fourth Republic he stood as the New Patriotic Party's candidate at the 1996 election, and then led it to victory in 2000 and 2004. Having served two terms, in 2008 he was no longer eligible for the presidency.

Richard Kingson


Richard Paul Franck Kingson is a professional football goalkeeper who plays for the Cypriot First Division club Doxa Katokopias and for the Ghana national football team. He is also known as Faruk Gürsoy and is frequently misnamed Kingston due to "irregularity on his identity documents". After leaving his native Ghana, he played for several clubs in Turkey, for Hammarby in Sweden, and in England for Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and Blackpool, who released him at the end of the 2010–11 season. Kingson was the vice-captain for the Ghana national football team and is the most capped player for the national team with 90 caps. He holds both a Ghanaian passport and a Turkish passport.

Anthony Annan

Soccer Midfielder

Anthony Gildas Kofi Annan is a Ghanaian international footballer, who currently plays as a central midfielder for Schalke 04 of the Bundesliga.

Robert Bathurst


Robert Guy Bathurst is an English actor. Bathurst was born in the Gold Coast in 1957, where his father was working as a management consultant. His family moved to Dublin, Ireland, in 1959 and Bathurst was enrolled at an Anglican boarding school. In 1966, the family moved to England, and Bathurst transferred to Worth School in Sussex, where he took up amateur dramatics. At the age of 18, he read law at the University of Cambridge and joined the Cambridge Footlights group. After graduating, he took up acting full-time. He made his professional stage debut in 1983, playing Tim Allgood in Michael Frayn's Noises Off, which ran for a year at the Savoy Theatre. To broaden his knowledge of working on stage, he joined the National Theatre. He supplemented his stage roles in the 1980s with television roles, appearing in comedies such as the aborted pilot episode of Blackadder, Chelmsford 123, The Lenny Henry Show, and the first episode of Red Dwarf. In 1991, he won his first major television role playing Mark Taylor in Steven Moffat's semi-autobiographical BBC sitcom Joking Apart. Although only thirteen episodes were made between 1991 and 1995, the role remains Bathurst's favourite of his whole career. After Joking Apart concluded, he was cast as pompous management consultant David Marsden in the ITV comedy drama Cold Feet, which ran for five series from 1998 to 2003.

Mahershalalhashbaz Ali


Mahershalalhashbaz Ali is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Richard Tyler on the USA Network science fiction television series The 4400, and "Tizzy" in the 2008 motion picture The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Ali was born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore in Accra, Ghana. He is named after one of the sons of Isaiah in the Bible. Raised a Christian, he later converted to Ahmadiyya Islam. His father, Phillip, appeared in musical theater.

Dominic Oduro


Dominic Oduro is a Ghanaian footballer who currently plays for Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer.

Junior Agogo


Manuel "Junior" Agogo is a retired Ghanaian professional footballer. He has spent most of his career in England, as well as spells in the United States, Egypt, Cyprus and most recently Scotland.

Azumah Nelson

Professional Boxer

Azumah Nelson, a native of Ghana, is a former professional boxer. He is widely considered as the greatest African boxer ever. He is a three-time world champion in two weight classes. Nelson is the former two-time WBC super featherweight Champion, and the former the WBC featherweight champion.

Frank Acheampong

Soccer Midfielder

Frank Acheampong is a Ghanaian footballer currently plays as a winger for Anderlecht.

Alexander Tettey

Soccer Midfielder

Alexander Banor Tettey is a Norwegian footballer who plays as a midfielder for English Premier League club Norwich City. Tettey was born in Ghana, but moved to Norway when he was young. He has previously played for Rosenborg and Rennes. Tettey has been capped while playing for Norway.

Matthew Amoah


Mathew Amoah is a Ghanaian international striker who currently plays for Heracles Almelo in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Hugh Quarshie


Hugh Anthony Quarshie is a Ghanaian-born British actor of stage, television and film. Some of his best-known roles include his appearances in the films Highlander and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and his long-running role as Ric Griffin in the BBC medical drama Holby City.

Daniel Opare


Daniel Tawiah Opare is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who plays as a right wingback or left wingback for Belgian club Standard Liège and the Ghana national team.

Alfred Duncan

Soccer Midfielder

Joseph Alfred Duncan is a Ghanaian footballer who plays for Livorno, on loan from Internazionale, as a midfielder.

Nadia Buari


Nadia Buari is a Ghanaian actress. She received two nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2007 and 2009.

Peter Turkson

Religious Leader

Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson is a Ghanaian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 24 October 2009. He had served as Archbishop of Cape Coast. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in 2003, and is widely regarded as papabile.

Samuel Inkoom


Samuel Inkoom is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who plays as a defender for the Ghana national team and currently is a free agent.

Nii Lamptey

Soccer Midfielder

Nii Odartey Lamptey is a former Ghanaian professional footballer and current assistant manager of Sekondi Wise Fighters. During his career he played as a striker from 1990 until 2008 notably for Aston Villa, PSV Eindhoven, Coventry City and the Ghana national football team. He is known foremost for his erratic career, in which he became a superstar as a teenager and then suffered a long string of failures which burnt him out well before his time. Lamptey has been used as a byword for a cautionary tale of putting too much pressure on young players to be successful. He also played for Anderlecht, Venezia, Unión Santa Fe, Ankaragücü, União Leiria, Greuther Fürth, Shandong Luneng, Al-Nassr, Asante Kotoko and Jomo Cosmos.

Joshua Clottey

Professional Boxer

Joshua Clottey is a Ghanaian professional boxer. Born in Accra, Ghana, Clottey now lives in the Bronx, New York. He is the former IBF welterweight champion. He is also the brother of veteran boxers Judas Clottey and Emmanuel Clottey.

Fuse ODG

Afrobeat Artist

Nana Richard Abiona, known by his stage name Fuse ODG, is a British musician of Ghanaian descent. On 19 October 2013, Fuse ODG was awarded 'Best African Act' at the MOBO Award's 18th Anniversary.

Harry Sawyerr


Harry Sawyerr is a former Ghanaian politician and quantity surveyor. Harry Sawyerr was the first person to be president of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors. He served two terms spanning 1969 to 1971. He was among the founders of the United National Convention formed to contest the 1979 parliamentary election. He however left the party to stand as an independent candidate and became a Member of Parliament in the Third Republic Parliament. Harry Sawyerr served as Minister for Transport and Communications from 1979 to 1981 in the Limann government. He also served as Minister for Education in the Rawlings government from 1993 to 1997. There are prizes at the University of Ghana Medical School in his name.

Aziz Zakari

Olympic athlete

Abdul Aziz Zakari is a Ghanaian athlete specializing in the 100 metres. He was born in Accra, Ghana. Participating in the 2000 Summer Olympics, he made it to the final of the 100 metres, but failed to finish after becoming injured at about the 35m mark. Also participating in the 2004 Summer Olympics, he achieved second place in his 100 metres heat, thus making it through to the second round. Heading into the second round, he was victorious in a tough sprint, before achieving qualification from his semi-final. This good form was not able to continue, as he failed to finish in the final, staged on August 22, renowned as possibly the fastest collective 100 metre race in history, where six of the seven finishing athletes completed the race in ten seconds or less. He finally, for the first time, achieved a sub-10 second run on June 14, 2005 in Athens when he ran 9.99 seconds in Asafa Powell's world record breaking race. The Ghanaian record currently belongs to Leonard Myles-Mills with 9.98 seconds. In July 2006, Zakari was reported to have failed a drugs test for the banned substance stanozolol. The test was conducted In-Competition on 29 April 2006 at the IAAF Grand Prix Meeting in Dakar. On 25 September 2006 the IAAF suspended him for two years. After his suspension Zakari participated at the 2008 Summer Olympics in which he ran the fourth time in his 100 metres heat, behind Richard Thompson, Martial Mbandjock and Simone Collio. His time of 10.34 was the third losing time after the 10.25 of Nobuharu Asahara, advancing him to the second round. There he improved his time to 10.24, but was only finishing in fifth place of his heat, causing elimination.

Ignisious Gaisah

Olympic Track and field Athlete

Ignisious Gaisah is a Ghanaian born athlete competing in the long jump for the Netherlands. Gaisah moved to the Netherlands in 2001 and currently lives and trains in Rotterdam. He competes for P.A.C. Rotterdam. In 2005 jumped a personal best 8.34 metres to win the silver medal at the World Championships in Helsinki, finishing behind Dwight Phillips. On February 2, 2006, in Stockholm he leaped to an African indoor record that also won him the gold medal in this event by jumping 8.36 metres. He continued his good form to win the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships a month later with a jump of 8.30 metres, followed quickly by the 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medal with a jump of 8.20 metres. At the 2006 African Championships in Athletics Gaisah won the gold medal with an 8.51 m jump, beating Cheick Touré's African record of 8.46 metres from 1997, but as the tail wind was too strong the result could not become a new record. Since July 2013 Gaisah officially competes for the Netherlands after gaining his Dutch passport.

Sandeep Chowta

Film score Artist

Sandeep Chowta is an Indian music director who primarily works in Bollywood, Kannada films and Tollywood. He is also the head of Columbia Records in India. He has also sung some of his songs. In 2003, he produced an anti substance abuse documentary, titled Dead End, that was entered into numerous film festivals and was government acclaimed. This was produced by seventeen-year old college student and drug activist, Tanya Khubchandani. In 2004 Chowta invited Jay Oliver and Richard Gannaway of the world/new age musical group, Aomusic, to his Mumbai studio, and has since become one of the group's contributing producers. Aomusic also features Miriam Stockley, the voice of Karl Jenkins' Adiemus project, and children’s choral ensembles from around the globe. Aomusic album releases crediting Chowta have charted in the top five internationally since 2009. When it comes to Tollywood, he has given music for 10 films of which Nagarjuna is associated with 5 films in some or the other way and Mohan babu has been involved with remaining 5 films.

Lee Addy


Lee Addy is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who plays as left back for Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb of the Prva HNL on loan from Dalian Aerbin

Jonathan Mensah


Jonathan Mensah, commonly known simply as Jonathan, is a Ghanaian professional footballer who currently plays as a defender for Ligue 1 club Evian Thonon Gaillard F.C. in France and the Ghana national team. To avoid confusion with the similarly named but unrelated John Mensah, he is typically known as and plays with the name "Jonathan" on his shirt.

Isaac Vorsah

Soccer Midfielder

Isaac Vorsah is a Ghanaian international footballer who plays for Austrian Bundesliga club Red Bull Salzburg in Austria.

Ahmed Barusso

Soccer Midfielder

Ahmed Apimah Barusso is a Ghanaian footballer who currently plays for Italian Serie B club Novara Calcio on loan from Serie A club Genoa as a defensive midfielder.

Mohammed Rabiu

Soccer Midfielder

Mohammed Rabiu Alhassan is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who currently plays for Russian Premier League club FC Kuban Krasnodar, and the Ghana national team.

Afriyie Acquah

Soccer Midfielder

Ebenezer Afriyie Acquah, simply known as Afriyie Acquah, is a Ghanaian professional footballer, currently playing for 1899 Hoffenheim. Young midfielder Afriyie Acquah is considered one of the great hopes of Ghanaian football. Walter Sabatini, former sports director of Palermo, compared him to Michael Essien.

Akosua Busia


Akosua Gyamama Busia is a Ghanaian actress who now lives in the U.S..

Razak Pimpong

Soccer Midfielder

Razak Pimpong is a Ghanaian footballer who is playing as an striker and attacking midfielder for the Danish 2nd Division West club Ringkøbing IF. He was very versatile and could also play wide either as a right sided midfielder or right winger.

Harrison Afful


Harrison Afful is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who currently plays as a defender for Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 club Espérance Sportive de Tunis in Tunisia, and the Ghana national team.

Kwame Ayew

Soccer Forward

Kwame Ayew is a Ghanaian retired footballer who played as a striker. During nearly 20 years he played professionally in six countries, mainly in Portugal where he appeared for four teams in the 90s, amassing top division totals of 130 games and 50 goals over the course of six seasons.

Mahatma Otoo

Soccer Forward

Mahatma Osumanu Otoo is a Ghanaian footballer, who plays for the Norwegian Premier League club Sogndal. He was the 2012/13 Ghana Premier League top scorer with 20 goals.

Abdul Rahim Ayew

Soccer Midfielder

Abdul Rahim Ayew also known as Ibrahim Ayew is a Ghanaian footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder.

Tsatsu Tsikata


Tsatsu Tsikata is a Ghanaian academic and lawyer. He is also a former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation.

Eric Addo

Soccer Defender

Eric Kpakpo Addo is a Ghanaian footballer. Once heralded as a potential African great thanks to his combination of strength, pace and poise early on, Addo, a combative central defender who can also play as a defensive midfielder, had his budding career blighted by knee injuries.

Mohammed Abu

Soccer Midfielder

Mohammed Abu is a Ghanaian international footballer who plays professionally for Danish club Aarhus, on loan from English parent club Manchester City, as a midfielder.

Kofi Abrefa Busia


Kofi Abrefa Busia was Prime Minister of Ghana from 1969 to 1972.

John Boye

Soccer Midfielder

John Boye is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a defender and midfielder for Ligue 1 club Rennes, and the Ghana national team.

Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II


Osei Tutu II, is the 16th King Asantehene of the Kingdom of Ashanti absolute monarchy and head of the Ashanti Royal house of the House of Beretuo Dynasty, King of Ashanti and the Ashanti people in Ashanti, Ghana. King Asantehene Osei Tutu II ascended the Golden Stool throne on 26 April 1999. By name, king Asantehene Osei Tutu II is in direct succession to the founder of the Empire of Ashanti, Otumfuo Osei Tutu I.

Ignatius Kutu Acheampong


General Ignatius Kutu Acheampong was a military head of state of Ghana who ruled from 13 January 1972 to 5 July 1978, when he was deposed in a palace coup. He was later executed by firing squad.

Haminu Draman

Soccer Midfielder

Haminu Draman is a Ghanaian footballer who plays for Portuguese club Gil Vicente F.C. as a midfielder.

Riga Mustapha

Soccer Midfielder

Rahamat Riga Mustapha, commonly known as Mustapha Riga, is a Ghanaian-born Dutch footballer who currently plays for Pune F.C. in the Indian I-League. He can play as either a winger or a striker.

Laryea Kingston

Soccer Midfielder

Laryea Kingston is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for Phoenix FC. He can play as either an attacking midfielder or right winger.

Vida Anim

Olympic athlete

Vida Anim is a Ghanaian sprinter who specializes in the 100 and 200 metres. Together with Mavis Akoto, Monica Twum and Vida Nsiah she holds the Ghanaian record in 4 x 100 metres relay with 43.19 seconds, achieved during the heats at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Anim represented Ghana at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing competing at the 100 metres sprint. In her first round heat she placed second behind Shelly-Ann Fraser in a time of 11.47 to advance to the second round. There she improved her time to 11.32 seconds, finishing third behind Debbie Ferguson and Oludamola Osayomi. In the semi finals she was unable to qualify for the final as her time of 11.51 was only the eighth and last time of her heat, causing elimination.

Illiasu Shilla


Illiasu Shilla Alhassan is a Ghanaian football defender who is currently playing for Impuls Dilijan in Armenia.

Gershon Koffie

Soccer Midfielder

Gershon Koffie is a Ghanaian national and Canadian Permanent Resident footballer who currently plays for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer.

Nanny of the Maroons

Deceased Person

Queen Nanny or Nanny, Jamaican National Hero, was a well-known leader of the Jamaican Maroons in the eighteenth century. Historical documents refer to her as the "rebels old obeah woman," and they legally grant "Nanny and the people now residing with her and their heirs . . . a certain parcel of Land containing five hundred acres in the parish of Portland . . .". Nanny Town was founded on this land. Much of what is known about Nanny comes from oral history as little textual evidence exists.

Prince Buaben

Soccer Midfielder

Prince Buaben is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who is currently playing for Football League One side Carlisle United. He arrived at Dundee United after being forced to leave AFC Ajax due to residency issues and has since been capped for Ghana and earned a Scottish Cup Winners medal when Dundee United lifted the trophy in 2010.

Kwame Karikari

Football player

Kwame Amponsah Karikari is a Ghanaian footballer who plays for Bal─▒kesirspor on loan from AIK as a striker.

Ibrahim Tanko


Ibrahim Tanko is a scout and football manger, and a retired Ghana international footballer who played mostly as a forward. He played most of his 15-year professional career - blighted by injuries - in Germany, with Borussia Dortmund and Freiburg.

Nana Akwasi Asare

Soccer Midfielder

Nana Akwasi Asare is a Ghanaian international footballer who plays professionally for Belgian club Gent, as midfielder.

Derek Asamoah

Soccer Midfielder

Derek Asamoah is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who currently plays as a forward for K-League Classic club Daegu FC in South Korea and the Ghana national team. He has previously played for clubs in England, France, Scotland and Bulgaria. Asamoah is a forward, known for his footspeed and dribbling ability. He can also operate on either wing, delivering sharp crosses, and as a second striker.

Jessica Hart


Jessica Hart is a British writer of over 55 romance novels in Mills & Boon. She is winner of the US RITA Award and the British RoNA Award.

Amidu Salifu

Soccer Midfielder

Amidu Salifu is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Calcio Catania, on loan from ACF Fiorentina.

Arthur Wharton


Arthur Wharton is widely considered to be the first black professional association football player in the world. Though not the first black player outright - the amateur, and Scotland international player, Andrew Watson predated him - Wharton was the first black professional and the first to play in the Football League.

Ransford Osei

Soccer Forward

Ransford Osei is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who plays as a striker for Glo Premier League club Asante Kotoko. He is part of Ghana national football team.

Ayi Kwei Armah


Ayi Kwei Armah is a Ghanaian writer.



Sarkodie is a Ghanaian recording artist, entertainer, brand ambassador and a BET Awards 2012 Best International Act winner. He is also referred to as Obidi Pon Bidi. Many Ghanaian people recognize him as a leading Hip hop and Hip Life artist. He is considered a major proponent of the Azonto genre and dance. Sarkodie was born on 10 July 1988 to his mother, Emma Maame Aggrey, a single parent and raised in Tema, being the fourth out of five children.

Yussif Chibsah

Soccer Midfielder

Yussif Chibsah is a Ghanaian football midfielder, who is currently playing for Djurgårdens IF in Sweden.

Ike Quartey

Professional Boxer

Ike "Bazooka" Quartey is a former WBA Welterweight champion boxer. He has fought numerous world champion boxers including Oscar De La Hoya, Fernando Vargas, Vernon Forrest and Ronald "Winky" Wright.

Ama Ata Aidoo


Professor Ama Ata Aidoo, née Christina Ama Aidoo is a Ghanaian author, playwright and academic.

Charles Takyi

Soccer Midfielder

Charles Kwame Takyi is a Ghanaian footballer, currently playing for 2. Bundesliga side FC Energie Cottbus.