There are quite a number of black people excelling in Hollywood and we are mostly really proud to be associated with them in a sense that we are all blacks but a number of them have their roots firmly seated in our homeland, Ghana.
Ghana’s representation in Hollywood is slowly growing as a number of Ghanaians have managed to crack the code and are doing their own thing there. One of the latest examples is Abraham Attah who was featured in Spiderman: Homecoming.
Some of the names we compiled will shock you as you’ve seen them in a number of popular series and movies.
Here are 5 Ghanaians making their names in Hollywood!
Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjo (born March 8, 1973), better known as Boris Kodjoe, is an Austrian-born American actor, producer, and former model best and has featured in numerous movies in Hollywood
Kodjoe was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Ursula, a German psychologist of partial Jewish descent, and Eric Kodjoe, a Ghanaian physician who is of the Ga-Adangbe people. His namesake is the Russian poet and writer Boris Pasternak. Kodjoe’s matrilineal great-grandmother was Jewish and was murdered in the Holocaust; his maternal grandmother survived the war in hiding. Kodjoe’s parents divorced when he was 6 years old. He grew up in the vicinity of Freiburg im Breisgau. He has a brother named Patrick and two sisters named Nadja and Lara.
Freema Agyeman (born Frema Agyeman; 20 March 1979) is an English actress who is known for playing Martha Jones in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who (2007–2010), Alesha Phillips in crime procedural drama Law & Order: UK (2009–2011) among many others
Agyeman was born in London. Her mother, Azar, is Iranian, and her father, Osei, is Ghanaian. They divorced when she was young. Agyeman has an older sister, Leila, and a younger brother, Dominic.
Michael Blackson was born on November 28, 1972 in Ghana. His father, Kwaku-Nsian Adom Bediako, stayed in Ghana while Blackson’s mother had custody of him and his sister. Bediako died in 2008. Blackson’s family moved to Liberia at some point, before relocating to Newark, New Jersey when he was 13, and then settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when he was 15. He began pursuing comedy after his coworker at Domino’s suggested he start open mic.
Peter Mensah (born 27 August 1959) is a Ghanaian-British actor, best known for his roles in the films Tears of the Sun, Hidalgo, 300, and television series such as Starz’ Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, and Spartacus: Vengeance. Mensah was born at Chiraa, Ghana, and comes from an academic family. He was born to parents from the Brong Ahafo Region, and moved to Hertfordshire, England, with his father, Peter Osei Mensah, an engineer, his mother, a writer, and two younger sisters at a young age. Mensah began practising martial arts at the age of six.
Joey Ansah (born 24 November 1982) is a British actor, director and martial artist best known for his roles in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Street Fighter: Assassins Fist (2014) and The Old Guard (2020). Joey Ansah was born in London borough of Hackney, London, England, of mixed ethnicity, the second son of celebrated Ghanaian fashion designer Kofi Ansah and his Devon born wife Nicola. His sister is the visual artist Tanoa Sasraku-Ansah and his brother is musician Ryan Ansah. His uncle is film director Kwaw Ansah.