Ghanaian celebrities who were rich before stardom

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Let’s talk about spoons. There’s the very light (and usually, whitely coloured) plastic spoon which accompanies our check-check or fried rice. There’s also a slightly heavier version of the aforementioned spoon. Then there’s the common one, the metallic spoons which are found in a lot of homes.

Lastly, there’s the golden spoon! That’s the spoon which is found in the mouths of newly born babies when they become part of a rich family.

In Ghana, most celebrities typify the rags to riches story, but there are others who are not always about the “hustle” mantra. Some were born with golden spoons in their mouth and as a result, found the path to achieving celebrity status a bit easier. I’m not downplaying their efforts though, but the truth is truth.

Let’s fish out the celebs who were rich before they found their way into the land of treasure known as stardom.

Sister Debby and Wanlov da Kubolor

Sister Debby and her brother, Wanlov da Kubolor were born into a wealthy family. Their father used to own shares in Vanef STC, which used to run the Intercity STC Coaches Ltd prior to its takeover by SSNIT. Their mum is from Romania.

Ama K. Abebrese

The star actress, presenter and producer is also one who was born into a rich family. She’s said to be a daughter of one of the most prominent Ghanaians who fought for the nation’s freedom from colonial rule. She was born in Ghana but raised in the United Kingdom. She has interviewed personalities of global appeal such as; Harrison Ford, Neyo, Idris Elba, Akon and Rihanna.



His real name is Mensah Ansah. He’s a very good friend of Wanlov. Despite being born in Accra, he was raised in the USA and the UK. His father is the popular actor, composer, ethnomusicologist, musician and poet, Tumi Ebow Ansah.

M3nsa has starred in several European and African movies such as; Farewell to Dope, Genesis, Chaptr X, His Majesty’s Sargeant as well as the award-winning movie, Heritage Africa where he played the role of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana.

Majid Michel

He charms us with his ‘Playboy’ looks. He is said to come from a family which owns thriving businesses and quite a number of houses in Cantonment, a prestigious address in Accra. His father is a Lebanese. Majid has for some time now, being off the screens as he has found a new passion; winning souls for Christ.

Yvonne Okoro

Yvonne Okoro

She won the Best Actress Award during the Ghana Movie Awards in 2010. According to various sources, she comes from a family so rich to an extent that she owned a home in East Legon long before she began her acting career. She attended Universite de Nantes in France where she read Press Civilization, Drama and Marketing.



Her real name is Jane Awindor. Her mum is Nana Adwoa Awindor, a successful filmmaker. Her mum founded the Premier Productions which produced the popular show Greetings from Abroad.


Kwame Ametepee Tsikata, popularly known as M.anifest is also one whose early childhood appears to be very interesting. He won the Best Rapper and the Hip-Hop Song of the Year during the 2013 Ghana Music Awards. He is the son of one of Ghana’s most respected lawyers, Tsatsu Tsikata.

Reggie Rockstone

Reggie Rockstone

Reginald Osei is his real name. He is affectionately referred to as the Godfather of Hip-Life. He won the KORA Award for the Best African Video in 2004. He is the son of the accomplished Ghanaian fashion designer, Ricky ‘Ricci’ Osei. Rockstone was born in the United Kingdom. On his return to Ghana, he attended the prestigious Achimota School, which is located in Accra.

Nadia Buari

She is one of Ghana’s most glamorous actresses. She received two nominations in 2007 and 2009 respectively for the Best Actress in a Leading Role during the Africa Movie Academy Awards. Her mother is Hajia Buari, a beautician and her father is Alhaji Sidiku Buari, a highly respected musician and producer.

Celebrities such as Lydia Forson, John Dumelo, Van Vicker, Jackie Appiah and Yvonne Nelson are also believed to have been born into wealthy families.

The list goes on and on.

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