Michael Owusu Addo (born July 10, 1985) better known as Sarkodie is a Ghanaian rapper and entrepreneur from Tema.
His contributions to the Ghanaian music industry have earned him numerous accolades, including the Vodafone Ghana Music Award for “Artiste of the Decade.”
Facts About Sarkodie
- Full Name: Michael Owusu Addo
- Stage Name: Sarkodie
- Born: 10 July 1985
- Age: 37 years old
- Place of Birth: Tema, Ghana
- Nationality: Ghanaian
- Parents: Emma Maame Aggrey
- Siblings: Maame Adwoa and four others
- Wife: Tracy Owusu Addo (m. 2018)
- Children: Adalyn Owusu Addo, Micheal Nana Yaw Owusu Addo Jnr
- Occupation: Rapper • Entrepreneur
- Net Worth: N/A
Early Life & Education
Sarkodie was born on July 10, 1988, and he is the fourth of five children of his parents.
He was raised in Koforidua before his parents moved to Tema, where he started schooling.
Sarkodie began his music career as an underground rapper, participating in Adom FM’s popular rap competition Kasahare Level.
Sarkodie attended Tema Methodist Day Senior High School and proceeded to IPMC, where he earned a degree in graphic design.
Sarkodie was announced the first winner of BET’s Best International Flow artist at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards.
He is also considered one of the foremost proponents of the Azonto genre and dance and one of the most successful African rappers of all time.
Aside from his music career, on July 13, 2013, Sarkodie launched The Sarkodie Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting underprivileged children. In addition, he made generous donations to the Royal Seed Home Orphanage in Kasoa.
On December 25, 2014, The Foundation embarked on a feed the Kid campaign in Tema, Ghana, where they provided thousands of kids with bags of rice, yogurt, 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.
Furthermore, 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.
In March 2021, Sarkodie and his little daughter were featured in Ghana’s leading toothpaste brand – Pepsodent Ghana’s #BrushWithMe campaign ad.
The campaign was done to rally parents and guardians to start and encourage a day and night teeth brushing routine with their children. This was done to commemorate World oral health day.
- Makye (2009)
- Rapperholic (2012)
- Sarkology (2014)
- Highest (2017)
- Black Love Album – Black Love (Sarkodie album) (2019)
- No pressure – (2021)
- Mary (2015)
- Alpha (2019)
- Collaborative albums
- T.M.G (with Jayso) (2013)