Sarkodie (also referred to as Obidi Pon Bidi) is a Ghanaian hip hop recording artist, entertainer, and brand ambassador. In 2012, he won the BET Awards for “Best International Act Africa”. Many Ghanaians recognize him as one of the leading Hip hop and Hip Life artists in the country. He is considered one of the major proponents of the Azonto genre and dance. Sarkodie, the fourth of five children, was born on July 10, 1985 to his mother, Emma Maame Aggrey, a single parent, and raised in Tema.
Sarkodie often raps in his native language, Twi, and is considered a “multifaceted rapper” due to the various musical styles he possess. In 2010, Sarkodie received many awards and nominations ranging from “Artist of the Year” to “Album of the Year”. His sophomore album, Rapperholic, was the recipient of 3 Ghana Music Awards from 12 nominations. He has his own clothing line called “Sark by Yas clothing line”. He was ranked 8th on Forbes and Channel O’s 2013 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artistes. He is the first ever Ghanaian to win the “Best International Act: Africa” at the BET Awards. Sarkodie has had the privilege of performing on the same stage with international musicians such as T-Pain, Movado, Trey Songz, and Ludacris among others. He has a large fan base in Africa and is considered one of the most celebrated musical icons to hail from Ghana.