It is quite a few Ghanaians who know the real name of the popular Ghanaian rapper who goes by the stage name, Sarkodie. Sarkodie seems to have swallowed up his real name such that when you mention Michael Owusu Addo, virtually no neck would turn as opposed to when Sarkodie is mentioned. Michael Owusu Addo, is a Ghanaian hip hop and hiplife recording artist who is the first Ghanaian to win the BET Award for Best International Act: Africa category; that was in 2012. He is held in Ghana as one of the leading music artists in the country. He is considered one of the major artistes who brought the Azonto genre and dance back to life in Ghana and the world at large. Among these already known facts about Sarkodie are more hidden things that you could ever think of. Here are everything you need to know about the Ghanaian rapper.
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He was raised by a single mum
Sarkodie was born on 10 July 1988, in Tema, Ghana. He is the fourth of five children of his single mum Emma Maame Aggrey. He started rap in his childhood in the year 1992, four years old then. Through Achimota Preparatory School in Achimota to Tema Methodist Day Senior High School, he was known for his outstanding art till he made the mark. Continuing his education at IPMC for his degree in Graphic Designing.
He comes from a music-loving family
Sarkodie’s family has always been a musical family- his mother is a singer, along with his little brother. “My family is fun”, Sarkodie states as a matter-of fact. Not only is his family fun but they love music, and according to Sarkodie, his dad is a strong fan of Michael Jackson. In fact, Sarkodie received the birth name of, Michael, due to his father’s adoration of Michael Jackson. Sarkodie himself insists that there is a link between both his real name, Michael; his stage name, Sarkodie and his success in the entertainment industry. He also revealed that his father had two wealthy friends, both of them going by the name Sarkodie; hence, he equaled the name Sarkodie to wealth.
He Never Tastes Alcohol/Tobacco
This may sound incredible but its a fact which was gotten from the rapper’s very own words. See him testify to this:
I never smoked or drank alcohol before – “Unfortunately, it is the general belief that anyone who is vibrant on stage or in his field of endeavour in the entertainment industry is suspected of doing drugs but I beg to differ and stand to be counted out as an exception.”
He is a brand Ambassador For Breastfeeding
Sarkodie was unveiled as the ambassador of breast-feeding in Ghana in 2014.
He owns Sark Clothing Line
Sarkodie owns Sarks Collection clothing which was launched on April 27, 2013. The clothing line has accessories for men, women and children.The brand was seen worn by former Chelsea star, Malouda. He is currently ranked one of the richest musicians in Africa.
On July 13, 2013, Sarkodie launched The Sarkodie Foundation which is tasked with the mission of supporting underprivileged children. He made generous donations to the Royal Seed Home Orphanage in Kasoa. Sarkodie presented to the orphanage items worth thousands of Ghanaian cedis.
Subsequently, on December 25, 2014, The Sarkodie Foundation embarked on a “feeddakids” campaign in Tema, where they provided thousands of kids with eight sacks of rice, yogurt and beverage cans. They also gave away school bags, water bottles, hats and other items.
Sarkodie made his breakthrough in Ghana music through his clever, quick and freestyle rapping which he does in a native language (Twi). He started pursuing his dream in music through off-hand rap show on Adom 106.3 FM named ‘Kasahare Level’ hosted by Duncan Williams. Gradually he took himself to the top emerging as the best rapper in Tema. It was through this show he met his manager who was then the host of the rap show. It was also there that he was noticed by one of the best contributors in Ghana music, Edward Nana Poku Osei, also known as Hammer, and other popular musicians like Edem and Castro. Hammer then helped the trio to release ‘You Dey Craze’ . Even though Sarkodie was already known then, this track got his name on the lips of the youth in Ghana till he released his first hit track ‘Baby’. This track which featured Mugeez of the R2bees made Sarkodie a household name in Ghana till his debut album. Sarkodie is now making waves with English raps and songs too to showcase his multi-talent to the world.
Sarkodie has had the privilege of performing on the same stage with international musicians such as T-Pain, Mavado, Trey Songz, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Miguel among many others. He is widely loved by many Africans and pronounced the most celebrated musician Ghana has ever had. He was listed in New African Magazine’s 50 under 50 trailblazers list.
Also known as ‘Obidi Pon Bidi’
Aside Sarkodie, Michael also goes by the nick name, “Obidi Pon Bidi”.
He once had his stage name, ‘Sarkodie’, tiled on the floor at the BET Awards 2014.
Sarkodie has been severally accused of being a member of the secret society known as Illuminati as a result of some controversial display of their signs and symbols in his music. Some of the typical examples include his performance at the Apollo Theatre in New York where he used slides reflecting the “all seeing eye” symbol of the popular occult group ‘Illuminati‘. The rumours started in December 2011 when he released the video of his song ‘Saa OkodieNo’ which allegedly had some satanic connotations.
In the bid to dismiss the already heated rumours in the media space, he recorded the song “Illuminati” and subsequently released the video for it in August 2013, with a part of the lyrics reading, ‘you believe in juju, I believe in power’.
All the same, he has continued this trend of stirring up Illuminati rumours since that time, as in January 2015, he still used slides of the ‘all seeing eyes’ in the video of his hit song “Revenge Of The Spartans“.
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Awards and Nominations
Awards and Achievements
Ghana Music Awards: Artist of the year, Discovery of the year, Hip hop/hiplife artist of the year, Best Rapper of the year, Album of the Year (Makye)
Sound City Music Video Awards (Nigeria): Best Collaboration of the Year for “Lay Away” (feat. Sway from UK)
4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best Editing Video
4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Editing Video, Best Collaborating Video
Vodafone Ghana Music Awards: Artiste of the Year, Most Popular Song of the year (U Go Kill Me), Best Rapper of The Year.
BET Awards: Best International Act – Africa.
Headies Awards (Nigeria): African Artiste of the Year.
National Youth Achievers Award: Award for Achievement in Music
4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best Hip-Life Video
4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best directed music video ,
Most popular video,
Best hip-hop video,
Best story line video
Forbes Bankable African Artiste: 8th Position (Only Ghanaian)
Caribbean American African Nations Music Awards: Best West African Act
Ghana Music Awards: Hip-life/Hip-hop Artist of the year, Best Rapper of the year, Album of the year, Hip hop song of the year
African Muzik Awards Magazine: Best Rap Act
4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best Hip-Life Video, Most Influential Artiste
MTV Africa Music Awards: Best Hip-Hop
Independent Music Awards: Rap/ Hip-Hop Song of the Year
The Headies: African Artiste of the Year
Ben TV Awards African Artiste of the Year
4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best Hip-life Video, Best Collaboration Video, Best Photography
MTV African Music Awards: Best Anglophone
4stye TV Music Video Awards: Best Hip-Life Video, Best Special Effects (all are Collaborations)
Channel O Music Video Awards: Most Gifted West African Video
4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best Directed Video, Best Collaboration Video, Best African Act Video, Overall Best Video, Best Choreography Video, Best Gospel Video (Collaboration)
Nigeria Entertainment Awards: Pan-African Artiste of Group of the Year.
MOBO Awards: Best African Act
Ghana Music Awards: Hip-Life or Hip-Hop Artiste of the Year, Hip-Life Song of the Year, Best Collaboration of the Year (3 Songs)
Ghana Music Awards: Best Collaboration of the Year, High-Life Song of the Year, Song of the Year,Hip-Life Song of the Year, Hip-Hop Song of the Year (Collaborations)
City People Entertainment Award: Musician of the Year (male)
4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best Male Video, Best Photography, Best Edited Video
BET Awards: Best International Act: Africa
Channel O Music Awards:Most Gifted Male, Most Gifted Video of the Year
African Muzik Magazine Awards: Best Male: West Africa
World Music Awards: Best Male Artiste, Best Live Act, Best Entertainer, Best Album.
Nigeria Entertainment Award: African Artiste of the Year (Non-Nigerian)
Ghana Music Awards: Artiste of the Year,Vodafone Song of the Year (Collaboration), Best Collaboration of the Year.
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His favorite meal is Rice and Egg Stew.
His Choice of Ladies
Sarkodie once revealed in an interview that he is easily attracted to women wearing glasses or shades. He emphasized his attraction to them by saying he sees them as serious-minded people who boldly go for whatever they want.
Favorite T.V Show
Sarkodie’s most preferred T.V show is “Keeping up with the Kardashians”.