The citizens of Ghana have a lot to be grateful for, of course, the nation is not at a pedestal it ought to be due to terrible leadership but hey, let me borrow the profound words of Bukom Banku,“everything you want, if you get, there is no beggars on the road.”
Ghana has an abundance of natural resources which includes; gold, bauxite, manganese, oil, cocoa, shea butter, cotton, salt and so on. Paramount in Ghana is the fact that the country is regarded as one of the most peaceful countries in the world.
In the world of entertainment, Ghana hasn’t fared badly at all. Some of its talents are globally renowned and here, we take a look at some of them who make us proud to be Ghanaians.
1. Okyeame Kwame
He’s affectionately known as the ‘rap dacta’. Now, hear this: On April 20, at the +233 Jazz Bar and Grill, Okyeame Kwame launched a 10-track album titled ‘Made in Ghana’ to restore patriotism and a sense of national pride which we believed that majority of Ghanaians were lacking.
In 2018, he was appointed as a brand ambassador by the Ministry of Trade and Industry for its Made-in-Ghana campaign.
Okyeame Kwame’s effort in promoting Ghana’s culture globally deserves notable mention and of course, as a result, he’s one who’ll make you proud to be a Ghanaian.
It’s of little surprise he’s referred to as ‘Afrocentric’. He’s one of the most eloquent Ghanaian artistes, and as a result of the ingenious ways he goes about his music, he has given lectures at various foreign institutions such as; St. Lawrence University, Hamline University, Macalester College (his Alma Mater) and Penumbra Theater’s Summer Arts Institute.
He received royalties from Pepsi after he lent his voice to them for their use in a jingle which was played nationally on U.S radio.
He has produced and co-written an independence mini Hip-Hopera for Channel O. He was also included in a feature-length documentary titled, ‘We Rock Long Distance’ by filmmaker Justin Schell.
He has received international recognition such as; City Pages’ Songwriter of the Year (2008) and America Composers Forum’s Minnesota Emerging composer Award (2010).
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3. Michael Essien
He’s best known for his time at English giants, Chelsea FC and is largely regarded as Ghana’s best player for the past decade. Chelsea FC coughed up £24.4million to purchase him from Olympique Lyon in August 2005. At the time, that was the highest amount of money splashed on an African footballer.
He was nominated for the 2006 FIFA World Player of the Year, but he placed 22nd. He was voted as the third best African Footballer of the Year in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, he won the BBC African footballer of the year award.
In the 2006-07season, Essien was voted by Chelsea fans as the team’s player of the year. His beautifully placed strike against Arsenal was also voted as the Chelsea goal of the season in 2006-07. Essien caused a lot of Ghanaians to support Chelsea FC and they are still supporting.
He was severally criticized because of his ‘stubbornness’ in sticking with rapping in his local dialect, Twi. However, his vision and hustle paid off when in 2012, he bagged home the Best International Act Award during the BET Awards. He was also nominated for the same award in 2014 and 2015.
Again, in 2019, Sarkodie gave Ghanaians another reason to be proud when he won the Best International Flow during the BET Hip Hop Awards.
He has also won an EMY Award and bagged a host of International Award nominations.
5. Shatta Wale
He’s presently trending for two reasons;
• Excerpts of the much-anticipated video of ‘Already’, a song by Beyonce which featured Shatta Wale hit the internet two days ago and Ghanaians are literally going ‘crazy’ over it.
• An Instagram account dedicated to publishing news on Meek Mill has hinted that Meek Mill will be featured on a Shatta Wale song. The post read, “seems #shattawale may have a record featuring #meekmill to be on his next mixtape for land of Africa. If so it’s gonna be a bop
Among a myriad of international recognitions, Shatta Wale is definitely a name you cannot forget, and is one who makes a lot of Ghanaians proud.
6. Azumah Nelson
The Boxing Professor needs no introduction. He competed from 1979-2008. He held the WBC featherweight title from 1984-1987 and the WBC super-featherweight title twice, between 1988 and 1997.
He was ranked as the 31st greatest pound for pound boxer of all time by BoxRec. Here’s his amazing record; He has fought 47 times, won 39(28 by KO), lost 6 fights and drawn 2 fights.
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