Rapper Sarkodie is a renowned BET award-winning Ghanaian rapper and businessman who is widely regarded as one of the best rappers in Africa. He became a burst into the limelight in his home country Ghana with the release of the single Baby, which was an instant hit. Some of Sarkodie’s most notable songs include You Go Kill Me, Borga, One Time For Your Mind, and Illuminati. Over the years, he has earned dozens of prestigious local and international awards, including a BET Award in 2012, multiple Ghana Music Awards and 4Syte TV Music Video Awards. He is not only Ghana’s most successful rapper but also one of the most successful rappers in Africa.
1. One of the interesting facts unknown to many about Sarkodie is that he began his music career in 1992 when he was four. This aspect of Sarkodie’s biography teaches that there is money in love and not in work. Work on your passion and you will be rewarded.
2. Sarkodie is in the habit of not being content with the “little” he has. He is not afraid of putting in the extra work to make that extra coin. Hard work and effort always bring in that pay day. Learn to put in extra effort.
3. Sarkodie engages in philanthropy. He began a Foundation that helps needy children with their education. The lesson is that you have not separated yourself from the poor until you help the poor. Separate yourself from the poor by helping them.
4. Sarkodie has built his music empire by being a risk taker. By organizing huge events to undertaking rap battles, Sarkodie has proven that risk taking always pays. He is always releasing new songs. For instance, Sarkodie new song is only a couple of weeks old.
5. Sarkodie did not build his music empire alone. His success is dependent on numerous collaborations with people who had gone ahead of him. For instance, he worked with music managers and producers such as Hammer of the Last Two and Duncam Williams. His music also features artists like El, Jayso, Mugeez of R2Bees, Chidynma and Efya. In today’s world, anything big can become bigger through the power of networking.
6. Gone are the days when Ghanaian musicians were content with their status as local champions. They want to be recognised outside the shores of the country.
He was the first Ghanaian to receive a BET Award with his Best International Act.
Africa Award in 2012 and has also received two nominations since then. He is had nominations and /or won international awards including MOBO, MAMA, EMY Awards, among others.
In 2015, he became not only the first Ghanaian rapper but the first one from Africa to perform at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, United States when he rendered a freestyle before the 2015 BET Awards.
7. The Rapperholic rapper’s impact is not felt only in the music circles. Outside of it, his work has caught attention and he has had the privilege speaking at the prestigious Harvard Business School in the US.
Speaking under the theme, ‘The Art Of The Hustle’ on February 27, 2016, Sarkodie used his life and career to inspire students who participated in the conference.
He has also, together with businessman, Prince Kofi Amoabeng, embarked on similar engagements to share their success stories with students of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
It takes a lot of effort for a showbiz person to get serious attention from academia and it definitely shows how serious Sarkodie’s career is taken even outside the industry.
8. Sarkodie has been active since 2007 but has been a top artiste for about seven years now and one thing he has shown in abundance is consistency and versatility.
There has never been a year since 2010 that you would not hear a hit track from him. Having released Makye (2009), Rapperholic (2011), Sarkology (2013), Mary (2015) and most recently Higher (2017), he has released five albums over the period he is stayed in the limelight which is a very good turn out for a rapper.
He has also proved over the period that he is not only good in his comfort zone of rap (Hiplife) as he has experimented with other genres to much success.
The Mary album and other collaborations he has had are clear examples of that. It is one thing to perform very well in your comfort zone but it is a whole different ball game with such experiments.
Even the great Lionel Messi, it is argued by fans of Cristiano Ronaldo, will not perform that well if he were to leave his comfort zone of Barcelona for another club or league entirely.
So, Sarkodie definitely needs commendation for this. Of all the notable rappers in Ghana, Obrafour is about the only one who could shuffle that easily between genres with such success.
9. Ultimately, all musicians, even if they claim to be doing it as hobbies, would like to reap financial rewards for their talents.
And for someone who has decided to dedicate his life to the craft, it is more crucial to make some money in order to put food on the table.
Sarkodie is a full time rapper and he can afford to put food on the table because he is getting paid enough for his trade. His shows are almost always sold out.
He has endorsement deals with Samsung and Tigo and also has other businesses including a personal clothing line. In fact, he is considered as one of the richest musicians in the whole of Africa.
According to the May 2017 edition of Forbes Magazine, Sarkodie is the 9th richest African artiste with an estimated worth of $7million. No Ghanaian artiste, not to talk of rappers alone, has ever been featured in the Forbes rich list and it proves that Sarkodie is the most commercially successful Ghanaian act.
All in all, the man born in Tema on July 10, 1988 as Michael Owusu Addo stands tall among rappers in Ghana.
You may have your preference based on style of delivery or even likeness for another rapper but if it’s about impact and success with their talents, no one compares to King Sark, as his fans call him.
10. Every musician wants to be appreciated for their talents. One of the ways such appreciation manifests is being recognised for awards.
Sarkodie stands tall in this regard. With his 19 wins from over 50 nominations, he is the most successful artiste of the Ghana Music Awards.
And he will likely hold that record for a long time as the career of his closest contender, Ofori Amponsah who has 12 awards to his name, seems to have dwindled.
Congratulations to the highest!!