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Ghanafuo dey everywhere – believe that!

Even in the genes of famous over-achievers. We just need to look a bit harder. Amongst all the celebrities and personalities with Ghanaian origins, there are a few who slipped off the list.

Here is a list of such achievers with some Ghanaian blood connection:


1. Vanessa L. Williams – Actress

A DNA test revealed that her ancestry is 23% from Ghana, 17% from the British Isles (specifically English, Welsh and Irish), 15% from Cameroon, 12% Finnish, 11% Southern European, 7% Togo, 6% Benin, 5% Senegal and 4% Portuguese.

International Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Ghanaian Connections

 

2. Forest Whitaker – Actor

In 2009 the actor revealed to Oprah that he had traced his roots to Ghana and Nigeria.

International Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Ghanaian Connections

 

3. Robert Bathurst – Actor

Born in Accra.

International Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Ghanaian Connections

 

4. Idris Elba – Actor

Half Ghanaian, half Sierra Leonean.

International Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Ghanaian Connections

 

5. Kofi Kingston – Wrestler

Was born in Kumasi and moved to the United States at an early age.

International Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Ghanaian Connections

 

6. Christopher James “Chris” Williams – Actor

The brother of Vanessa Williams.

International Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Ghanaian Connections

 

7. Vic Mensa – Rapper

Half Ghanaian, half American.

International Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Ghanaian Connections

 

8. Peter Mensah – Actor

Born in Accra.

International Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Ghanaian Connections

 

9. Freema Agyeman – Actress

Father is Ghanaian.

International Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Ghanaian Connections

 

10. Senyo Kodzo Amoaku – Movie Director

International Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Ghanaian Connections

 

11. Michael Cowan – Film Producer

Born in Accra.

Michael Cowan

 

12. Vincent Dery (Nico and Vinz) – Singer

Half Ghanaian, half Norwegian.

International Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Ghanaian Connections

 

13. Boris Kodjoe

Boris Kodjoe, a Hollywood actor and model was born to an Austrian mother and a Ghanaian father, Eric Kodjoe, who hails from Nzema.

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14. Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Cynthia, known famously for her role as Amanda Waller in Arrow TV series was born to a Ghanaian mother in England and an American father.

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15. Don Lemon

CNN’s Don Lemon recently traced his roots back to Ghana, it was documented on the cable news channel. You may want to watch the video here of how Don Lemon discovered his Ghanaian roots.

Image Credit: CNN/Turner

Image Credit: CNN/Turner