Famous Ghanaians

Who are the famous athletes, beauty bloggers and scientists in Ghana? To give you a little glimpse , we are asking Ghanaians which famous Ghanaian they admire and why. We’ll supplement this list, with more famous Ghanaian people, as much as possible. We start with someone we admire: Ignisious Gaisah

Ignisious Gaisah – long jumper

Gaisah left Ghana in 2001 to find a better quality of coaching and started training in Holland. There he grew quickly into an international athlete star. In 2007 he suffered a serious injury which had his supporting team doubt if he would ever long jump again. But through sheer willpower and a long intensive period of rehabilitation and training he came back better than before. In 2013 he won the silver medal during the World Championship in Moskow where he jumped the still unbeaten Dutch record of 8m29cm. In 2014 he won the IAAF Continental Cup.

In 2016 Ignisious Gaisah won a bronze medal as well. On the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam.

Kofi Annan – Diplomat

Kofi Ata Annan is a Ghanaian diplomat (born in Kumasi on the 8th of april 1938). He joined the United Nations (UN) in 1962 and worked for different capacities at the UN Headquarters. He’s known for his role as the Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006, he was the first office holder to be elected by the UN staff itself. Kofi Annan reformed the UN bureaucracy; worked to combat HIV; and launched the UN Global Compact (initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation). In 2001 Kofi Annan and the UN received the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 2007 he left the UN and founded the Kofi Annan Foundation to work on international development, he was succeeded by Ban Ki-moon. In 2016 he was appointed to lead a UN commission to investigate the Rohingya crisis (refers to the mass migration of thousands of Rohingya people from Myanmar and Bangladesh in 2015, collectively dubbed ‘boat people’ by international media).

His twin sister Efua Atta (died in 1991), shared the middle name Atta, which in the Akan means ‘twin’. Read our article The meaning behind Ghanaian names.