Biography of Michael Owusu Addo (Sarkodie)



Michael Kwesi Owusu Addo (born July 10, 1988), is widely known by
his stage name Sarkodie or Obidiponbidi, is a recording hip-life and hip-hop artiste and a brand ambassador from Tema,
in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. He has many achievements associated to
his name in the music industry in Ghana and basically one of the best in
history.Many Ghanaians recognize him as one of the leading hip hop and hiplife
artists in the country. He is considered one of the major artiste who brought of
the Azonto genre and dance back to life in Ghana and the world at  large.

Early Life

Sarkodie is the fourth of five children of his single mum Emma Maame Aggrey. He started rap in his childhood in the year 1992, four years old then. Through Achimota Preparatory School in Achimota to Tema Methodist Day Senior High School, he was known for his outstanding art till he made the mark. Continuing his education at IPMC for his degree in Graphic Designing. 

Music Career

Sarkodie made his breakthrough through a native language (Twi) in Ghana by tongue twisting clever rhymes off head. He pursuing his dream in music through freestyling on a rap show on Adom 106.3 FM named ‘Kasahare Level’ hosted by Duncan Williams. Gradually he took himself to t he top emerging as the best rapper in Tema. It was through this show he met his manager who was then the host of the rap show.  he was noticed by one of the best contributors in Ghana music, Edward Nana Poku Osei, also known as Hammer ( The Last Two) together with others like Edem and Castro. Hammer then helped then release ‘You Dey Craze.’ Eventhough Sarkodie was known then, this track got his name on the lips of the youth in Ghana till he realeased his first hit track ‘Baby’. This track featured Mugeez of the R2bees made Sarkodie a household name in Ghana till his debut album. Sarkodie is now making waves with English too to exhibit his milti-talent to the world.


Studio albums 

 Maky3 (2009)

 Rapperholic (2012)

 Sarkology (2014)

Collaborative albums

T.M.G (2013)




Awards and Nominations

Awards and Achievements


Ghana Music Awards: Artist of the year, Discovery of the year, Hip hop/hiplife artist of the year, Best Rapper of the year, Album of the Year (Makye)
Sound City Music Video Awards (Nigeria): Best Collaboration of the Year for “Lay Away” (feat. Sway from UK)
4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best Editing Video

4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Editing Video, Best Collaborating Video


Vodafone Ghana Music Awards: Artiste of the Year, Most Popular Song of the year (U Go Kill Me), Best Rapper of The Year.

BET Awards: Best International Act – Africa.

Headies Awards (Nigeria): African Artiste of the Year.

National Youth Achievers Award: Award for Achievement in Music

4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best Hip-Life Video


4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best directed music video ,

Most popular video,

Best hip-hop video,

Best story line video        


Ghana Music Awards: Hip-life/Hip-hop Artist of the year, Best Rapper of the year, Album of the year, Hip hop song of the year

4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best Hip-Life Video, Most Influential Artiste

The Headies: African Artiste of the Year



4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best Hip-life Video, Best Collaboration Video, Best Photography

MTV African Music Awards: Best Anglophone


4stye TV Music Video Awards: Best Hip-Life Video, Best Special Effects (all are Collaborations)


4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best Directed Video, Best Collaboration Video, Best African Act Video, Overall Best Video, Best Choreography Video, Best Gospel Video (Collaboration)

Ghana Music Awards: Hip-Life or Hip-Hop Artiste of the Year, Hip-Life Song of the Year, Best Collaboration of the Year (3 Songs)


Ghana Music Awards: Best Collaboration of the Year, High-Life Song of the Year, Song of the Year,Hip-Life Song of the Year, Hip-Hop Song of the Year (Collaborations)

4syte TV Music Video Awards: Best Male Video, Best Photography, Best Edited Video


BET Awards: Best International Act: Africa

Channel O Music Awards:Most Gifted Male, Most Gifted Video of the Year

African Muzik Magazine Awards: Best Male: West Africa

Nigeria Entertainment Award: African Artiste of the Year (Non-Nigerian)

Ghana Music Awards: Artiste of the Year,Vodafone Song of the Year (Collaboration), Best Collaboration of the Year.

Brands Represented

*Sarkodie has had the privilege of performing on the same stage with international musicians such as T-Pain, Mavado, Trey Songz, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Miguel amongst many others.He is widely loved by many Africans and pronounced the most celebrated musician Ghana has ever had.He was listed in New African Magazine’s 50 under 50 trailblazers list.