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23 Ghanaians Who Made Us Proud In 2016



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1. Abraham Attah.

The 15-year old, who was assisting his mother by selling on the street with no acting background, shot to fame after getting a role in ‘Beasts of No Nation’ a movie shot in Ghana by Netflix.

He went on to win the prestigious Venice International Film Festival’s Marcello Mastroianni Best Young Actor Award, the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and the Black Film Critics Rising Star Award. He also picked up two awards at the Ghana Movie Awards, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead and the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer.

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2. Prempeh College 2016 robotic team.

Students of Prempeh College won the 2016 edition of the Robofest World Championship in Michigan, USA. They beat off competition from top high schools in China, USA, Canada, India, etc. Ghana’s outstanding team were awarded the prestigious TOYOTA INNOVATION AWARD.

3. Bright Simmons.

Named by fortune magazine as the 47th worlds most greatest leader.

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4. President John Dramani Mahama.

He deepened our democracy by conceding defeat and congratulating his opponent, Nana Akufo-Addo of the NPP before the EC declared the presidential results to the country.

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5. Shatta Wale.

The dancehall king, Shatta Wale, won the Best African Act award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) 2016.

6. Kaya Forson.

14-year old Forson represented Ghana in the 200 meter freestyle at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil making her the youngest ever competitor in Ghana’s Olympic history.

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7. Francisca Oteng Mensah.

The 300-level law student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) beat the National Democratic Congress (NDC) opponent, Iddisah Adams, in a landslide, amassing 70,688 votes to his 15,000 to become the youngest ever MP in Ghana’s history.

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8. Afua Ansah.

The 14-year-old was one of the 45 finalists for the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee and the only Ghanaian finalist so far.

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9. Bozoma Saint John.

The Apple Music executive during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 13, 2016 played Atom’s hit ‘Ye Wo Krom’ live on stage.

10. Yasmine Serwah Fosu.

The 16-year-old Ghanaian fencer is a trailblazer in the sport of fencing internationally. She is currently ranked 100 in the senior worldwide rankings and 54 in the U-20 Juniors though she is still only 16.

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11. Victoria Kwakwa.

World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim appointed Victoria Kwakwa, as the new regional vice president for the bank’s East Asia and Pacific region.

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12. Victor B. Lawrence.

A PhD, Associate Dean and Batchelor Chair Professor of Stevens Institute of Technology, was adopted into the American National Inventors Hall of Fame at the 44th induction ceremony on May 5, 2016 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC.

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13. David Adjaye.

David designed the African American museum in Washington, DC that was opened earlier this year by U.S. President Barack Obama.

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14. Amma Asante.

History was made at the Dutch Parliament as Amma Asante, Ghanaian-born politician became a member of the Dutch Parliament to serve until March 2017 when the next general election is expected to hold in the Netherlands.

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15. Inaki Williams.

Ghanaian midfielder Inaki Williams has defeated Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona icon Luis Suarez to win the best goal award in the Spanish La Liga league.

16. Abena Akuaba.

Abena Akuaba Appiah won the 2016 Queen Beauty Universe competition which took place at the Holiday Polynesia Hotel in Malaga, Spain with a participation of 30 countries.

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17. Okyeame Kwame.

Okyeame Kwame made history as the first Ghanaian Musician to be given the “Key to the City” of Cincinnati in the United States of America. The city of Cincinnati has also instituted an annual celebration day in honour of the rapper.

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18. Dr Thomas Mensah

The president of a five-man tribunal that delivered a landmark decision in the Philippines case against China in the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

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19. Dr Francis Ali-Osman

The Ghanaian professor of Surgery and Pathology in the United States of America (USA) was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the US National Cancer Advisory Board.

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20. Constance Ama Emefa Edjeani-Afenu

Ama Emefa became the first female Brigadier General in the Ghana armed forces.

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21. Ben Bentil

The first Ghanaian to be drafted into the NBA. He was picked as the 51st Draft pick by the Boston Celtics.

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22. Nadia Eke.

Triple jumper, Nadia Eke, grabbed Ghana’s first gold medal at the 20th African Seniors Athletics Championships when she leaped 13.42m to clinch victory on the final day of the competition held at the King Park Stadium in Durban, South Africa.

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23. Stonebwoy.

Stonebwoy, won the ‘Most Promising Act’ award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) 2016.



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