Sarkodie is Ghanaian hip hop recording artist and entrepreneur from Tema, Ghana. He is known to be one of the most famous and popular hip hop artists of Africa. He has won the “2012 BET Awards” in the Best International Act: Africa category. He was also nominated in 2014 BET Awards. He was announced as a 19th most influential Ghanaian by a famous television show “E.tv Ghana” in 2015. Sarkodie is known to be a great supporter of traditional Ghanaian’s dance form “Azonto”. He was ranked at number #1 position on the list of “Top 10 Ghanaian Rappers of All Time” by Lynx TV. In 2014, Sarkodie was ranked #6 on the list of “Hottest African MC’s” by MTV Base.
Sarkodie Biography and Family
Michael Owusu Addo, who is popularly known as Sarkodie was born on July 10, 1988 in Tema, Ghana. He was raised by his mother Maame Aggrey. Being a single mother, she faced many difficulties. His father Mr. Owusu Addo is a huge fan of Michael Jackson. He in fact, named Sarkodie after him. Sarkode has four siblings. Sarkodie belong to a family crammed with music enthusiasts. His mother and younger brother is also a singer.
Sarkodie took his initial steps toward stardom when he appeared on Adom 106.3 FM’s famous rap competition “Kasahare Level”. This show was hosted by Duncan Williams, who later became his manager. With his unique, free style rapping, and smart lyrics he became one of the most popular rapper in Tema. In his rapping lyrics, he always uses his native language “Twe”.
His talent was noticed by famous musicians like Edam and Castro. Later, they introduce Sarkodie with one of the famed music record producer of Ghana “Hammer of the Last Two”. Hammer provided Sarkodie his first break, as he appeared in two songs of the album Volta Regime. After which, he became a successful rapper.
Sarkodie, still 28, isn’t married or divorced. He does shares a romantic relationship with his long time girlfriend Ewurama Tracy. Sarkodie and Tracy are dating each other for more than 9 years. In 2016, the couple has been engaged and it is rumoured that they may tie a knot soon.
Education: Sarkodie, while being active in his music career, never underestimated his education. Sarkodie went to Tema Methodist Senior High School. He has also done degree in Graphic Design from IPMC.
Sarkodie Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $7.5 Million US Dollars
Sarkodie’s net worth is estimated to be $7.5 millions US dollars as of 2017. Sarkodie’s major source of income is his music career. He was ranked #8 in the Forbes and Channel O’s list of ten richest African artists. He has given many successful hits in music industry of Ghana. In addition, Sarkodie has won many awards for his super hit singles and albums, which also add significantly to his Net Worth.
Apart from his music career, he runs a clothing brand with the name of “Sark by Yas”. Many other companies also are using his stardom as he is the brand ambassador of many multinational companies and endorsing their products. In 2012, Samsung decided to make him the brand ambassador of the company. Sarkodie with the collaboration of Samsung launched the new series of headphones called Obidi chief headphones. He also endorses Tigo Telecommunication Ghana and FanMilk Ghana. His earnings from endorsement also add to his Net Worth.
At the age of 28, Sarkodie resumes boasts of many successful albums and Awards. As he entered musical stream , he become a successful hip hop artist. His debut successful album “Makye” was released in 2009, which was produced by Killbeatz, Jayso and also a guest appearance by well-known hip hop artist Kwaw Kese J-Town, Sway and Paedae of R2Bees.
His singles “Push” and “Baby” turns out to be a huge hit and ranked nine and thirteen on Top 50 songs of 2009. After, his first album his name made a mark in Ghanaian music industry. In 2015, Sarkodie released his fourth album “Mary”, and his album sold near about 4,000 copies on his first day.
Sarkodie grabbed many nominations and awards in different categories for his terrific work in music industry. By the age of 28, he already had bagged 58 awards and was nominated 105 times for the prestigious awards. Sarkodie has bagged BET Awards, EMY Awards, MTV Africa Music Awards, YouTube Sub Sahara Africa Creator Awards, Ghana Music Honours, Africa Entertainment Legend Awards, The Headies, Caribbean American and African Nations Music Awards, Ghana Music Awards, 4syte Music Video Awards and many more.
Sarkodie is someone who is always in headline either for his unique rapping technique or for his charity work. His upcoming album with famous Nigerian music producer, Masterkraft is already creating buzz. He gave lecture to Hayward University students and shared his experience about his journey of life, from normal to successful musician. He is a guy who never been to controversy, but his recent comment about Manifest Track turn out to be big controversy. He was ranked #3rd on the list of “Top 10 African Rappers of 2015”.
Sarkodie is considered as great singer and by his hard work and dedication he becomes successful in the music industry. The British daily newspaper “The Guardian” ranked him on the top five hip hop acts of 2015. He is a successful person as well as great human being also. In 2013, Sarkodie launched “The Sarkodie Foundation” for underprivileged children. He donate generous amount of money, food and orphanage items to the Royal Seed Home Orphanage, Kasoa. Apart from that he has done lots of charity works for kids.