Sarkodie: The Ghanaian Rapper
From West Africa we would like to present to you a Ghanian musician Michael Owusu Addo better known by his stage name Sarkodie was born in July 10, 1988 to Emma Maame Aggrey, a single parent and raised in Tema, He is the fourth out of five children. Sarkodie attended Achimota Prepatory and later proceeded to Tema Methodist Day Secondary. During his early days of rapping, Sarkodie’s role model was Obrafour, another Ghanaian rapper.
Sarkodie began to write his own songs by the time he was in Class 4 and found himself overwhelming in the world of rapping and rhyming. After receiving a certificate in Graphic Designing from IPMC (Tema Branch), Sarkodie told his family a shocking news “After IPMC, I got a job working for a billboard company but I did not take it. Instead I was thinking about the studio. The moment I see computers and a studio, I get inspired,” Sarkodie stated.
Sarkodie broke another news to his family that he wanted to concentrate on making music instead of working a “normal” job. However, Sarkodie assured them that he would pay the bills with his music, he just needs time. According to Sarkodie, “wherever your heart is, is where your treasure is” and he knew his heart has always been in music. Free from employment responsibilities, Sarkodie was free to make music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The fastest rapper the ‘rapperholic’ is a Ghanaian hip hop and hiplife recording artist from Tema. He won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2012 BET Awards, and was nominated in the same category at the 2014 BET Awards. Many people in Ghana recognize him as one of the leading hip hop and hiplife artists in the country. He is considered one of the major promoters of the Azonto genre and dance. He has been in the news throughout September 2011 to 2012.
He was the first Ghanaian artiste to win the prestigious Black Entertainment Television (B.E.T) award which made the running mate of Nana Akuffo Addo, Dr. Bawumia congratulate him for making Ghana proud. He also won ‘African Artist Of The Year’ Award At Nigerian Music Industry Awards, won an award at the National Youth Achievers award (music category with Becca), Non Nigerian Artiste of 2012- Sarkodie and the list goes on and on.