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Sarkodie is one of the most successful rappers in Ghana. His second album "Rapperholics" won him the coveted BET Awards and several other accolades. Sarkodie also owns his own record label, has a clothing line, a Foundation and is a brand ambassador. More in this Sarkodie's biography.

Personal Life

Who is Sarkodie?

Sarkodie whose real name is Michael Owusu Addo was born on 10 July 1988 in Korofidua, Tema in Ghana. He was raised by his mother Emma Maama Aggrey. 

His father is called Mr Augustine Owusu Addo whose whereabouts are unclear. It’s reported that Sarkodie’s father had another family and lived with it and thus Sarkodie didn’t grow in his presence.

Sarkodie is the second child in a family of three children. His siblings are Veronica Owusu Addo, Hannah Owusu Addo and a half-brother Emmanuel Owusu Addo.

Sarkodie’s Schooling

Sarkodie went to Tema Primary School in Ghana and moved to Tema Methodist High School. From there, Sarkodie pursued a graphics and design degree.

Sarkodie’s Career

When did Sarkodie start music?

Sarkodie wrote his first piece of music when he was in elementary school which made him an avid consumer of rap music. He took his love for rap to the next level when he decided to pursue music professionally. 

2005 was the year he set the ball rolling and participated in rap battles such as the “Kasahare Level”, a contest organised by Adom FM. During this event, Sarkodie came across Duncan Williams and Castro from Duncwills Entertainment who influenced his career.  

The duo introduced Sarkodie to the CEO of The Last Two Music Group, Hammer of the Last Two who was impressed by Sarkodie's performance and signed him on a five-year contract. 

The record label featured Sarkodie in "Edem's Album" as they wanted to give him a gradual entry into the music scene. Sarkodie agreed to the arrangement but after a while, he wanted to focus on making his first album. However, he felt that Hammer delayed his progress as he was so caught up in producing Edem’s work that he quit his label. 

Sarkodie immediately published his first album "Makye" in 2009. "Baby" was the album's lead single and gave him credibility that he went on and performed alongside American rapper Busta Rhymes in his concert in Ghana.

Sarkodie's first hit song “I’m In Luv With You” with soul musician Efya came in 2010 and it was so good that it was nominated for two awards - Hip Hop Song of the Year and Record of the Year. 

Sarkodie’s Albums

Since he rose to stardom, Sarkodie has released seven albums - “Rapperholics” which won him his first BET Award and featured in the BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher. He also clinched other awards like the Ghana Music Awards, 4Styte Music Video Awards and was named Artist of the Year at The Headies.

In 2014, Sarkodie released “Sarkology” in which he worked with some of the biggest names of the industry like 2Baba, BurnaBoy, Stonebwoy, Tiwa Savage, Davido and others. More awards trickled in for Sarkodie as he received another nomination at the BET Awards.

His next big move was the launch of his record label dubbed “Sarkcess Music”. 

His fourth album “Mary” was a dedication to his late grandmother and won him The Best Album Accolade at the MOGO Awards. 

Other albums he’s released include “Highest”, “Alpha”, “Black Love” and his latest is “No Pressure”.

How many songs does Sarkodie have?

Sarkodie has released over 100 songs in his career. So far, he has eight albums to him which have won him numerous awards and cemented his status as one of the biggest rappers in the Ghanaian music industry.  

Business

Just like so many successful musicians, Sarkodie has a diverse source of income. In 2013, he launched his clothing line, Sark Collections, in collaboration with YAS. He sells t-shirts, sweat pants, sneakers, baseball caps, and other apparel.

Sarkodie’s profile has also attracted brands through which he also earns. His social media following - over 5.2 million followers on Twitter, 4.8 million followers on Instagram and 3.6 million followers on Facebook - has earned him endorsement deals with companies like Samsung Electronics, FanMilk Ghana, Tigo Telecommunications and many more.  

Sarkodie’s Relationships

Whenever people talk about Sarkodie, it is always about his music so much so that his love affairs stay on the backburner. The rapper married his longtime girlfriend Tracy Sarkcess in 2018 and has two children, a daughter named Adalyn Owusu Addo and a son named Michael Nana Yaw Owusu Addo.

In a Twitter Q&A, Tracy revealed that she grew up in the same neighbourhood as Sarkodie which is why she refers to him as an “area boy”. The entrepreneur and editor admitted it wasn’t easy to date a celebrity as many people demand his time. 

What of the women? Well, Tracy said that she used to get jealous about having other women around her man but she’s outgrown her jealous tendencies.

Sarkodie’s Controversies 

The rapper insisted that his single “Happy” was not a campaign song. His praise for president Nana Akufo - Addo led many to believe that he used the song to endorse him. Nonetheless, Sarkodie says that Akufo - Addo should continue being the president as he has delivered on his mandate.

The song features Kuame Eugene, a budding musician who expressed his relief after Sarkodie distanced himself from the political controversy the song sparked.

The Mainstream didn’t support me

Sarkodie alleged that the mainstream media overlooked him in the early stages of his career. In an interview with a UK-based DJ, Sarkodie said that the radio didn’t understand his songs and thus they didn’t pay attention to them. According to him, the rise of the internet provided him with a platform that led to his breakthrough. 

However, many in the mainstream industry disagree with the rapper and pointed out several big shows and presenters who played him. They further stated that the streets gave him his biggest opportunities and not the internet as he claims.

In another interview, Sarkodie claimed that he coined the slang term “Azonto” and was the first to use it before Wizkid and Fuse released their club banger “Azonto”

Sarkodie’s Cars

The man has deep pockets and that can be seen by the cars he drives. Here is his collection of cars:

2011 Dodge Nitro

2016 Range Rover Vogue

2016 Rolls Royce Phantom

2016 Mercedez Benz E-Class Coupe 

2016 Porsche Panamera

1965 Mercedez Benz W110

Toyota Land Cruiser

Mercedez Benz S550

Lamborghini Aventador

Kantaka Mensah

2017 Mercedez Benz G63

Sarkodie’s Houses

Sarkodie spends a huge chunk of his money on his houses. He has two - one in Ghana and another in the United Kingdom. Sarkodie’s house in Ghana is located in Ashalley Botwe. The cost of the house hasn’t been disclosed but it’ll not be surprising if its costs run into the millions.

His UK house is a beauty and set him back $250,000.

Sarkodie’s Net Worth

Sarkodie is considered to be one of the richest musicians in Ghana. He makes his money through his music, endorsement deals, record label and clothing line. These ventures give Sarkodie a net worth of up to $18 million. 

Awards & Recognition

Sarkodie has a long list of awards. Wikipedia put his count at 106 with 191 nominations. Some of the awards the rapper has won include: 

Ghana Music Awards, Independent Music Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, National Youth Achievement Awards, 4Styte Music Video Awards, MTV Africa Music Awards, BET Awards, African Muzik Magazine Awards, Ghana Music Honours, Ben TV Awards.

Caribbean American and African Nations Music Awards, SoundCity Music Video Awards, The Headies, Ovation Red Carol & Awards, Muske Online African Music Awards, Afrobeats Music Awards, Bass Awards, MOGO Awards, International Reggae and World Music Awards, EMY Awards, Ghana Kids Choice Awards amongst many others.   

Social Media

Sarkodie’s Instagram: @Sarkodie

Sarkodie’s Facebook: Sarkodie 

Sarkodie’s Twitter: @Sarkodie 

Sarkodie’s YouTube: Sarkodie

Q&A

Sarkodie and Shatta Wale, who is rich?

Sarkodie’s net worth is estimated to be $18 million. He generates this from his career as an artist and businesses - clothing line, record label and brand endorsement deals. 

On the other hand, Shatta Wale’s net worth as of 2022 is calculated at $11 million. He makes this through his musical career, endorsement deals and businesses.

Who is richer, at $18 million, Sarkodie is richer than Shatta Wale.

How old is Sarkodie’s wife?

Sarkodie’s wife Tracy Owusu was born on 3 March 1990 which means she is 32 years old.

Sarkodie and Shatte Wale, who has more awards?

According to Wikipedia, Sarkodie has won 106 and received 191 nominations. Shatta Wale has 71 recognised awards and 120 nominations which means Sarkodie has won more awards than Shatta Wale. 

How many cars does Sarkodie have?

Sarkodie has up to ten classy cars in his garage. They include 016 Range Rover Vogue

2016 Porsche Panamera, 2016 Rolls Royce Phantom, 2016 Mercedez Benz E-Class Coupe, Lamborghini Aventador, Toyota Land Cruiser, 1965 Mercedez Benz W110, Kantaka Mensah and a 2011 Dodge Nitro.

When did Sarkodie start his music career?

Sarkodie officially started his music career in 2005. He took part in rap battles and it was at the “Kasahare Level”, a contest organised by Adom FM where he met Castro and Duncan Williams from Duncwills Entertainment who were instrumental in his development.  

When is Sarkodie’s birthday?

Sarkodie’s date of birth is 10 July 1988 which means he celebrated his birthday every 10 July.

How many awards has Sarkodie won?

Sarkodie has a long list of awards. Wikipedia put his count at 106 with 191 nominations. Some of his awards include the BET Award, The Headies, Ovation Red Carol & Awards, Muske Online African Music Awards, and Afrobeats Music Awards, amongst others.

Where is Sarkodie from?

Sarkodie’s hometown is Tema, Ghana where he grew up alongside his siblings and mother Emma Maame Aggrey.

Also known as:
Obidi Pon Bidi, King Sark
Real name:
Michael Owusu Addo
Occupation:
Rapper, Entrepreneur
Birthday:
10 July 1988
Nationality:
Ghanaian
Star sign:
Cancer
Birth place:
Korofidua, Tena
Height:
6’0
Children:
2
Net Worth:
$18 million

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Image of Sarkodie's Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Relationships, Controversy, Net Worth
Also known as:
Obidi Pon Bidi, King Sark
Real name:
Michael Owusu Addo
Occupation:
Rapper, Entrepreneur
Birthday:
10 July 1988
Nationality:
Ghanaian
Star sign:
Cancer
Birth place:
Korofidua, Tena
Height:
6’0
Children:
2
Net Worth:
$18 million

About

Sarkodie is one of the most successful rappers in Ghana. His second album "Rapperholics" won him the coveted BET Awards and several other accolades. Sarkodie also owns his own record label, has a clothing line, a Foundation and is a brand ambassador. More in this Sarkodie's biography.

Personal Life

Who is Sarkodie?

Sarkodie whose real name is Michael Owusu Addo was born on 10 July 1988 in Korofidua, Tema in Ghana. He was raised by his mother Emma Maama Aggrey. 

His father is called Mr Augustine Owusu Addo whose whereabouts are unclear. It’s reported that Sarkodie’s father had another family and lived with it and thus Sarkodie didn’t grow in his presence.

Sarkodie is the second child in a family of three children. His siblings are Veronica Owusu Addo, Hannah Owusu Addo and a half-brother Emmanuel Owusu Addo.

Sarkodie’s Schooling

Sarkodie went to Tema Primary School in Ghana and moved to Tema Methodist High School. From there, Sarkodie pursued a graphics and design degree.

Sarkodie’s Career

When did Sarkodie start music?

Sarkodie wrote his first piece of music when he was in elementary school which made him an avid consumer of rap music. He took his love for rap to the next level when he decided to pursue music professionally. 

2005 was the year he set the ball rolling and participated in rap battles such as the “Kasahare Level”, a contest organised by Adom FM. During this event, Sarkodie came across Duncan Williams and Castro from Duncwills Entertainment who influenced his career.  

The duo introduced Sarkodie to the CEO of The Last Two Music Group, Hammer of the Last Two who was impressed by Sarkodie's performance and signed him on a five-year contract. 

The record label featured Sarkodie in "Edem's Album" as they wanted to give him a gradual entry into the music scene. Sarkodie agreed to the arrangement but after a while, he wanted to focus on making his first album. However, he felt that Hammer delayed his progress as he was so caught up in producing Edem’s work that he quit his label. 

Sarkodie immediately published his first album "Makye" in 2009. "Baby" was the album's lead single and gave him credibility that he went on and performed alongside American rapper Busta Rhymes in his concert in Ghana.

Sarkodie's first hit song “I’m In Luv With You” with soul musician Efya came in 2010 and it was so good that it was nominated for two awards - Hip Hop Song of the Year and Record of the Year. 

Sarkodie’s Albums

Since he rose to stardom, Sarkodie has released seven albums - “Rapperholics” which won him his first BET Award and featured in the BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher. He also clinched other awards like the Ghana Music Awards, 4Styte Music Video Awards and was named Artist of the Year at The Headies.

In 2014, Sarkodie released “Sarkology” in which he worked with some of the biggest names of the industry like 2Baba, BurnaBoy, Stonebwoy, Tiwa Savage, Davido and others. More awards trickled in for Sarkodie as he received another nomination at the BET Awards.

His next big move was the launch of his record label dubbed “Sarkcess Music”. 

His fourth album “Mary” was a dedication to his late grandmother and won him The Best Album Accolade at the MOGO Awards. 

Other albums he’s released include “Highest”, “Alpha”, “Black Love” and his latest is “No Pressure”.

How many songs does Sarkodie have?

Sarkodie has released over 100 songs in his career. So far, he has eight albums to him which have won him numerous awards and cemented his status as one of the biggest rappers in the Ghanaian music industry.  

Business

Just like so many successful musicians, Sarkodie has a diverse source of income. In 2013, he launched his clothing line, Sark Collections, in collaboration with YAS. He sells t-shirts, sweat pants, sneakers, baseball caps, and other apparel.

Sarkodie’s profile has also attracted brands through which he also earns. His social media following - over 5.2 million followers on Twitter, 4.8 million followers on Instagram and 3.6 million followers on Facebook - has earned him endorsement deals with companies like Samsung Electronics, FanMilk Ghana, Tigo Telecommunications and many more.  

Sarkodie’s Relationships

Whenever people talk about Sarkodie, it is always about his music so much so that his love affairs stay on the backburner. The rapper married his longtime girlfriend Tracy Sarkcess in 2018 and has two children, a daughter named Adalyn Owusu Addo and a son named Michael Nana Yaw Owusu Addo.

In a Twitter Q&A, Tracy revealed that she grew up in the same neighbourhood as Sarkodie which is why she refers to him as an “area boy”. The entrepreneur and editor admitted it wasn’t easy to date a celebrity as many people demand his time. 

What of the women? Well, Tracy said that she used to get jealous about having other women around her man but she’s outgrown her jealous tendencies.

Sarkodie’s Controversies 

The rapper insisted that his single “Happy” was not a campaign song. His praise for president Nana Akufo - Addo led many to believe that he used the song to endorse him. Nonetheless, Sarkodie says that Akufo - Addo should continue being the president as he has delivered on his mandate.

The song features Kuame Eugene, a budding musician who expressed his relief after Sarkodie distanced himself from the political controversy the song sparked.

The Mainstream didn’t support me

Sarkodie alleged that the mainstream media overlooked him in the early stages of his career. In an interview with a UK-based DJ, Sarkodie said that the radio didn’t understand his songs and thus they didn’t pay attention to them. According to him, the rise of the internet provided him with a platform that led to his breakthrough. 

However, many in the mainstream industry disagree with the rapper and pointed out several big shows and presenters who played him. They further stated that the streets gave him his biggest opportunities and not the internet as he claims.

In another interview, Sarkodie claimed that he coined the slang term “Azonto” and was the first to use it before Wizkid and Fuse released their club banger “Azonto”

Sarkodie’s Cars

The man has deep pockets and that can be seen by the cars he drives. Here is his collection of cars:

2011 Dodge Nitro

2016 Range Rover Vogue

2016 Rolls Royce Phantom

2016 Mercedez Benz E-Class Coupe 

2016 Porsche Panamera

1965 Mercedez Benz W110

Toyota Land Cruiser

Mercedez Benz S550

Lamborghini Aventador

Kantaka Mensah

2017 Mercedez Benz G63

Sarkodie’s Houses

Sarkodie spends a huge chunk of his money on his houses. He has two - one in Ghana and another in the United Kingdom. Sarkodie’s house in Ghana is located in Ashalley Botwe. The cost of the house hasn’t been disclosed but it’ll not be surprising if its costs run into the millions.

His UK house is a beauty and set him back $250,000.

Sarkodie’s Net Worth

Sarkodie is considered to be one of the richest musicians in Ghana. He makes his money through his music, endorsement deals, record label and clothing line. These ventures give Sarkodie a net worth of up to $18 million. 

Awards & Recognition

Sarkodie has a long list of awards. Wikipedia put his count at 106 with 191 nominations. Some of the awards the rapper has won include: 

Ghana Music Awards, Independent Music Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, National Youth Achievement Awards, 4Styte Music Video Awards, MTV Africa Music Awards, BET Awards, African Muzik Magazine Awards, Ghana Music Honours, Ben TV Awards.

Caribbean American and African Nations Music Awards, SoundCity Music Video Awards, The Headies, Ovation Red Carol & Awards, Muske Online African Music Awards, Afrobeats Music Awards, Bass Awards, MOGO Awards, International Reggae and World Music Awards, EMY Awards, Ghana Kids Choice Awards amongst many others.   

Social Media

Sarkodie’s Instagram: @Sarkodie

Sarkodie’s Facebook: Sarkodie 

Sarkodie’s Twitter: @Sarkodie 

Sarkodie’s YouTube: Sarkodie

Q&A

Sarkodie and Shatta Wale, who is rich?

Sarkodie’s net worth is estimated to be $18 million. He generates this from his career as an artist and businesses - clothing line, record label and brand endorsement deals. 

On the other hand, Shatta Wale’s net worth as of 2022 is calculated at $11 million. He makes this through his musical career, endorsement deals and businesses.

Who is richer, at $18 million, Sarkodie is richer than Shatta Wale.

How old is Sarkodie’s wife?

Sarkodie’s wife Tracy Owusu was born on 3 March 1990 which means she is 32 years old.

Sarkodie and Shatte Wale, who has more awards?

According to Wikipedia, Sarkodie has won 106 and received 191 nominations. Shatta Wale has 71 recognised awards and 120 nominations which means Sarkodie has won more awards than Shatta Wale. 

How many cars does Sarkodie have?

Sarkodie has up to ten classy cars in his garage. They include 016 Range Rover Vogue

2016 Porsche Panamera, 2016 Rolls Royce Phantom, 2016 Mercedez Benz E-Class Coupe, Lamborghini Aventador, Toyota Land Cruiser, 1965 Mercedez Benz W110, Kantaka Mensah and a 2011 Dodge Nitro.

When did Sarkodie start his music career?

Sarkodie officially started his music career in 2005. He took part in rap battles and it was at the “Kasahare Level”, a contest organised by Adom FM where he met Castro and Duncan Williams from Duncwills Entertainment who were instrumental in his development.  

When is Sarkodie’s birthday?

Sarkodie’s date of birth is 10 July 1988 which means he celebrated his birthday every 10 July.

How many awards has Sarkodie won?

Sarkodie has a long list of awards. Wikipedia put his count at 106 with 191 nominations. Some of his awards include the BET Award, The Headies, Ovation Red Carol & Awards, Muske Online African Music Awards, and Afrobeats Music Awards, amongst others.

Where is Sarkodie from?

Sarkodie’s hometown is Tema, Ghana where he grew up alongside his siblings and mother Emma Maame Aggrey.