Top 9 Ghanaians Celebrities who have won prestigious global awards

It’s never simple to gain global fame, and it’s considerably more difficult if you’re from Africa. Where there is a will, there is a way, and here are some Ghanaians who have received prestigious international honors.

Abraham Atta

The Accra-born Ghanaian actor appears to be much ahead of his time. In 2015, he made his film debut in the film “Beasts of No Nation,” which gained him international praise. In the film, he portrayed the part of a kid soldier named Agu. As a result, at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in 2015, he received the Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor.

Abraham Atta

Marcello Mastroianni, an Italian actor, was honored with the Mastroianni Award in 1998. The award honors an up-and-coming actor or actress.


Sarkodie is a name that needs no introduction. He is one of the most well-known and recognized rappers in the world, having received numerous accolades.

During the BET Awards in 2012, he was named Best International Act: Africa. He won Best Hip Hop at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2014. Sarkodie won the Best Entertainer award at the 2016 EMY Awards. During the All Africa Music Awards in 2018, he was named Best Male Artist Inspirational Music.

During the BET Hip Hop Awards in 2019, he won Best International Flow.

Shatta Wale

The self-acclaimed Dancehall King is also one who has a number of globally acclaimed awards under his belt. In 2014, he emerged the Best New Entertainer during the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA). In 2015, he also emerged victorious as he picked up the Best Music Video (You Can’t Touch Me) during the IRAWMA Awards.

Again, in 2015, he picked up the Best African Song/ Entertainer during the IRAWMA. His is quite a ‘bromance’ with IRAWMA.

In 2017, he was presented with the Key to Worcester by the city’s Mayor, Joseph Petty.  In 2018, he also received an honorary award , the Obaland plaque which was reportedly valued at millions of dollars by anthropologists and museum critics.


Stonebwoy (Livingstone Satekla) is one of Ghana’s decorated entertainers. The height of his achievements thus far was in 2012 when he won the Best International Act during the BET Awards.

Aside from that, he won the Most Promising Act during the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in 2015. In 2017, he won the Best Raggae/Dancehall African Artiste during the All Africa Music Awards as well as the Favorite African Star during the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.


And just this year, he bagged another IRAWMA Award after he emerged as the Best African Raggae/Dancehall Entertainer.


Samini’s presence on the global stage has also been quite the ‘ish’. In 2006, he won the Best African Act during the MOBO Awards. He won the Best Performer during the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards. In 2011, he won the Most Gifted Reggae Dancehall Video during the Channel O Music Awards.

His most recent Album, UNTAMED won the Reggaeville  Album of the Year in 2018.

Michael Essien

He is best known for his time at Chelsea FC. However, he has featured for a lot of clubs such as; Bastia, Lyon, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Panathinaikos, Persib Bandung and Sabail.

In 2005 when he was at Lyon, he was voted as the Player of the Year by the France’s National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP). At the end of the season, he also won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year.Michael Essien

In 2006 while at Chelsea FC, he won the BBC African Footballer of the Year Award. In May 2007, he was voted as Chelsea Fans Player of the Year.

Kofi Atta Annan

He was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 – December 2006. He received the Nobel Peace Prize Award in 2001.

However, the respected diplomat passed on to glory on August 18, 2018.

Ransford Osei

His is quite a story. He started his football career with a lot of promise. However, as the years rolled by, he failed to live up to his expectations and currently plays for

Ransford Osei
Ghana’s Ransford Osei reacts after scoring the first goal against Germany during their match for third place in the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007. Germany defeated Ghana 2-1. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

In 2007, during the FIFA U-17 WC, he won the silver boot after emerging as the second topmost goal scorer. He followed it up by winning the golden boot as he emerged as the top scorer in the 2007 African U-17 Championship.

He followed up in the 2009 African Youth Championship where he won the golden boot.



She’s affectionately known as the ‘Lioness of Africa’. In 2014, she won the Most Promising Artiste in Africa Award and the Revelation of the African Continent during the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).

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