5 World Famous Personalities You Didn’t Know Are Of Ghanaian Descent

You will not believe what you are about to read. These are the high and mighty in the global scene. They have wined and dined with the “A-lists” of the world. They are global consultants in their various fields of endeavor. They walk in the “power corridors” of the world. they are globally known, famous, rich and revered. But most importantly, they are GHANAIANS! We bring to you a list of World Famous Personalities who are of Ghanaian descent.

1. Paul Yaw Boateng

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Paul Yaw Boateng, Baron Boateng (born 14 June 1951) is a British Labour Party politician. He became the UK’s first black Cabinet minister in May 2002 when he was appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Following his departure from the House of Commons, he served as the British High Commissioner to South Africa from March 2005 to May 2009. He was introduced as a member of the House of Lords on 1 July 2010. Boateng was born in Hackney, London of mixed Ghanaian and Scottish heritage.

2. June Sarpong

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TV presenter June Sarpong OBE (born 31 May 1977), The bubbly host, who was born in London’s East End to Ghanaian parents, is best known for her cheeky asides on UK Channel 4’s youth programme T4. Her parents, both Ghanaian, separated when June Sarpong was seven. At the age of twenty-nine and after six years as a broadcaster, June was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2007 New Year Honours List for “services to Urban Music”.

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3. Freddy Adu

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Fredua Koranteng “Freddy” Adu (born 2 June 1989 in Tema, Ghana) is a Ghanaian-American soccer player who last played for Serbian SuperLiga club Jagodina. Adu plays primarily as an attacking midfielder, but he is also used as a winger or forward. He has played football for a number of clubs including  D.C. United, Real Salt Lake and Benfica. Adu dated American singer, Jojo from May 2005 until September 2006. The relationship lasted only one year.

4. Joseph “Joe” Addai

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Joseph “Joe” Addai (born May 3, 1983) is a former American football running back  in the National Football League (NFL). He is also of Ghanaian heritage.  He was selected in the first round (30th overall pick) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Louisiana State University by the Indianapolis Colts and played for the team for six seasons. The Colts won Superbowl XLI, in which their running game dominated the Chicago defense. Joseph Addai had 77 yds.

5. Clare-Hope Ashitey

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Clare-Hope Naa K. Ashitey (born 12 February 1987) is a British Actress of Ghanaian descent. She has made several movies, including Shooting Dogs (Released in the United States as Beyond the Gates – 2005), Children of Men (2006), Exodus (2007), Black Brown White (2011), Candle To Water (2012) and All Is By My Side (2013).

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