Michael Owusu-Addo known in showbiz as Sarkodie is a multiple award winning Ghana Rapper who hails from Tema.
1.Early life and career beginnings
Sarkodie was born on 10th July 1988 and raised in Tema and is the fourth born of five children. He attended Tema Methodist Day Senior High School and proceeded to IPMC, where he earned a degree in graphic design. Sarkodie began his music career as an underground rapper, participating in Adom FM's popular rap competition Kasahare Level. He met his former manager Duncan Williams of Duncwills Entertainment while participating in the aforementioned competition. He also met musicians Edem and Castro, who introduced him to Hammer of The Last Two, an established record producer. Impressed by his rap flows, Hammer allowed Sarkodie to record two tracks for his album Volta Regime.
Sarkodie often raps in his native language Twi and is considered a "multifaceted rapper" due to the various musical styles he possesses. Sarkodie is often named as one of Africa's greatest hip hop artists.MTV Base ranked him sixth on its list of the Hottest African MCs in 2014. In 2013, Lynx TV ranked him first on its list of the "Top 10 Ghanaian Rappers of All Time". In 2015, AfricaRanking.com ranked him third on its list of the "Top 10 African Rappers of 2015".In 2015, The Guardian listed him as one of its top five hip hop acts on the African continent. He was ranked 8th on Forbes and Channel O's 2013 and 2015 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artistes.
Sarkodie is married to Tracy in a private wedding ceremony held in Tema, Ghana on 17 July 2018. They have two kids; a daughter, Adalyn Owusu Addo and a son; Micheal Nana Yaw Owusu Addo Jnr. who is named after the famous rapper.
4.Awards and nominations
Ghanaian rapper has received 96 awards from 184 nominations, including 31 Ghana Music Awards. Makye, his debut studio album, won him three awards at both the 4syte TV Music Video Awards and Ghana Music Awards. The album also earned him a nomination at the 2010 MTV Africa Music Awards. Rapperholic, his second studio album, earned him accolades at the 2012 editions of the BET Awards, The Headies, Ghana Music Awards, National Youth Achievement Awards, MOBO Awards, and Channel O Music Video Awards.
Lists Of Awards (Incomplete)
- BET Awards
- BET Hip Hop Awards
- MTV Europe Music Award
- EMY Awards
- Music Awards
- Daf BAMA Awards
- Ghana Event Awards
- Ghana Entertainment Awards
- MTV Africa Music Awards
- All Africa Music Awards
- YouTube Sub Sahara Africa Creator Awards
- Ghana Music Honors
- Africa Entertainment Legend Awards
- The Future Africa Awards
- Ovation Red Carol & Awards
- African Entertainment Awards USA
- HiPipo Music Awards
- Ben Tv Awards
- The Headies
- Caribbean American and African Nations Music Awards
- National Youth Achievement Award
- Afrobeats Music Awards
- Independent Music Awards
- Ghana Music Awards UK
- UN prank Global Leadership Service To Humanity dudui Award
- SoundCity Music Video Awards
- Bass Awards
- Ghana Music Awards
- City People Entertainment Awards
- MOBO Awards
- MOGO Awards
- Nigeria Entertainment Awards
- World Music Awards
- African Muzik Magazine Awards
- 4syte Music Video Awards
- Ghana Kids Choice Awards
- Channel O Music Video Awards
- Vodafone Ghana Music Awards
5.Business career and endorsements
Sarkodie owns the Sark by Yas clothing line, which was launched on April 27, 2013. The clothing line has accessories for men, women and children. In 2012, he was officially unveiled as the Brand Ambassador for Samsung Electronics at the University of Ghana, Legon. As part of the event, Samsung unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Pocket and Chief Hero Phones that had customized wallpapers of Sarkodie and his signature; users had the opportunity to download exclusive tracks of Sarkodie. He also launched the Obidi Chief headphones and signed an endorsement deal with FanMilk Ghana in 2013. Sarkodie is currently in partnership with Tigo Telecommunications Ghana, a brand that sponsored his 2013 Rapperholic tour. On 30 October 2019, he was appointed as an ambassador for the Year of Return campaign; the honour was conferred on him at the Creative Arts Industry Forum.
- Makye (2009)
- Rapperholic (2012)
- Sarkology (2014)
- Mary (2015)
- Highest (2017)
- Alpha (2019)
- Black Love (2019)
T.M.G (with Jayso) (2013)
Sarkodie has about 50 music videos to his creadit, ranging from Bra be hwe in 2009 to CEO Flow in 2020.
The Sarkodie Foundation, a non-profitable foundation dedicated to supporting underprivileged children. He made generous donations to the Royal Seed Home Orphanage in Kasoa. On December 25, 2014, The Sarkodie Foundation embarked on a feed the kids' campaign in Tema, where they provided thousands of kids with eight sacks of rice, yoghurt and beverage cans. They also gave away school bags, water bottles, hats and other items. Roshi Motman, the CEO of Tigo Telecommunications, was also in attendance to support the campaign.
10.Topped VGMA 2020 Nomination
Sarkodie topped the nomination list for this years Vodafone Ghana Music Awards with 10 nomination and won 2.
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