Rap icon, Michael Owusu Addo, popularly known as Sarkodie, is a pop star export from Tema, that the Harbour city is proud to tout to the rest of Ghana and the world, Tema Mayor, Felix Mensah Annang-La, has said.
According to the Metropolitan Chief Executive of the Harbour City, Tema has produced many socialites and celebrities, but Sarkodie is arguably the most outstanding of all the pop stars that have emerged from Tema.
“Today, thanks to Sarkodie, the expressions, ‘Tema Boys’ and ‘Tema Girls’ have become national catch phrases that have put Tema in dominance in show business in Ghana and beyond.
“Everybody knows that Ghana’s most popular music genre of the moment, ‘Azonto,’ which is internationally recognized, is what it is because of the Azonto King, Sarkodie,” Hon. Felix Mensa Annang-La gushed in an interview.
It is not clear if the new Mayor of Tema has plans to reward the boss of SarkCess Music as Sarkodie, like the proverbial prophet, has taken awards of recognition on both the national and international levels, but has never been officially awarded in his own Tema.
“At the moment, I just want to thank him, and of course others like R2Bs, D-Cryme and Kwaw Kese for not only putting our name on the national map, but doing it so colorfully,” the Tema Mayor said.
Michael Owusu Addo, known by his stage name Sarkodie, is a hip hop recording artist and entrepreneur from Tema. He has, among others, won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2012 BET Awards, and was nominated in the same category at the 2014 BET Awards.
Sarkodie is often named as one of Africa’s greatest hip hop artists. MTV Base ranked him 6th on its list of the Hottest African MC’s in 2014. In 2013, Lynx TV ranked him 1st on its list of the “Top 10 Ghanaian Rappers of All Time.”
In 2015, AfricaRanking.com ranked him 3rd on its list of the “Top 10 African Rappers of 2015”. That same year, The Guardian, listed him as one of its top five hip hop acts on the African continent.