Okyeame Kwame is an inspiration to young artists and businesspeople from all walks of life. The outspoken Ghanaian is revered in the country’s music industry and has signed multiple endorsement deals since he went solo about five years ago. Okyeame Kwame net worth has been a subject of speculation over recent years as the rapper continues to soar to prominence while still influencing modern Ghanaian music. The rapper recently signed multiple endorsements with prominent brands such as Coca-Cola and was the second artist to get signed by MTN in Ghana. While most people would rather spend their money on maintaining a high-class lifestyle, Okyeame opts to give back to the community through charitable courses. Here is a brief bio of the Rap Doctor as well as his updated net worth for 2018.
Okyeame Kwame was born on April 17, 1970, as Kwame Nsaia-Apau. He is also popularly known as the Rap Doctor and hails from Kumasi in Ghana’s Ashanti region. Apart from rapping, Okyeame also sings and writes songs for other artists. His other talents include acting and loves participating in philanthropy. He is married to Annica Nsaia-Apau who also doubles down as Okyeame’s manager. The Rap Doctor has five other siblings, and according to his parents, their son was to become a doctor as opposed to a rapper.
Two of his brothers, Kwaku Nsiah Amankwah alias ‘Kunta Kinte’ and Kwaku Nsiah Boamah popularly known as ‘Stone’ are also performing artists. The two formed a duo called Bradez and were nominated for multiple awards especially in 2010 after releasing songs such as Dondoo, Simple and most recently My Girl to mention a few.
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Okyeame Kwame’s interest in rap music started at an early age, and despite his parent’s suggestion that he pursue a degree in medicine, the rapper opted to study Music and linguistics. Okyeame specialized in classical guitar and graduated as a linguist from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He later joined the University of Ghana to pursue a Masters in Strategic Marketing.
Before joining University, Okyeame was a student at Kumasi’s Anglican Senior High School.
Okyeame started writing music at an early age, but his rise to fame came when he was part of a rap duo called Akyeame. The other member of the group is called Daniel Kofi Amoateng or by his stage name, Okyeame Kofi. The duo recorded four albums from 1997 to 2002 before officially parting ways in the year 2004. The albums include Nyansapo or Witty Knot which was recorded in 1997, Nkonsonskonson meaning Shackles (1998), Ntoaso or Continuity (2000), and Apam Foforo or New Testament (2002).
Okyeame Kwame started his record label, One Mic Entertainment, and has been the flagship artist for the company for over a decade. He has also included both high life and Hiplife artists from Ghana such as Daddy Lumba, Ofori Amponsah, and Kojo Antwi just to mention a few, in his singles since going solo and has even signed some of them to his label.
As a rapper, controversy is almost sure to follow you wherever you go especially if you make it big and Okyeame Kwame is no exception. After winning the Ghana Music Awards in 2009, the Rap Doctor found himself on the warpath with fellow Ghanaian musician Michael Kwabena Okyere Darko popularly known as Obrafour. Sparks started flying after Okyeame declared himself the Best Rapper Alive and even released a song with the acronym BRA (Best Rapper Alive).
This declaration did not go well with Obrafour who was also doing well at the time despite having not won the prestigious Artist of the Year Award. The beef escalated quickly, and Obrafour even challenged Okyeame Kwame for a rap battle in the street to which the latter never showed. Kwame allegedly refused to show up because he felt winning the Artist of the Year Award was vindictive enough.
In an interview for Multi TV in 2015, Okyeame had this to say about the beef,
It’s Obrafour who had a feud with me. I have positioned the Okyeame Kwame brand as the decent rapper arguably who gives value to patrons. How else can I get to show patrons that it is decent? Unless in the face of adversary. So Obrafour coming out to make those pronouncements was opportunity for me to prove I’m a gentleman. So I realized he wanted a comeback and I wondered why as an artist he would hit me and Obuor for a comeback. But I realized it wasn’t personal, it was business. So I asked myself how I could use that to my advantage. I decided not to mind him. Not minding him did two things for me, one, it made his fans become endeared to me because I didn’t insult their icon and it also made my fans realize I was really gentle. What I didn’t understand about the beef was, he did the song, did the video, did the performance, but the media said I had a beef with him but from the look of things he was rather beating me up.
Two years after that interview and there was still speculation the two rappers had bad blood, but Obrafour quenched these rumors. The rapper addressed the beef last in a Facebook interaction in 2017 and said, ‘There’s nothing bad between me and Okyeame Kwame; there’s no misunderstanding between me and him as you hear around. Okyeame Kwame is a fantastic rapper, and I like him very much, so people should stop spreading false news about us.’
Business and philanthropy career
Kwame founded One Mic Entertainment with his wife and is also a partner in a shoe manufacturing company called Horseman Shoes. The net worth of Okyeame Kwame is increased by the status he has built around himself making the rapper a Ghanaian icon. Okyeame Kwame net worth in 2018 has been drastically improved by some of the events the rapper has participated in recently as well as the endorsement deals that keep coming.
However, while the money that comes with the accolades and endorsements tip the scales in his favor regarding his financial status, Okyeame Kwame has also served the people in a public office. He is currently Ghana’s Health Ambassador and even started the Okyeame Kwame Foundation which helps curb the spread of Hepatitis B.
The foundation offers free screening people for the disease and while educating them on its dangers and prevention methods. It also helps raise awareness regarding Hepatitis B. Okyeame Kwame is also building a Hepatitis B Centre in Tamale where the disease is most prevalent in a bid to rid Ghana of the disease.
Bringing artists together
Okyeame Kwame hosted a celebrity car wash in 2014 meant to raise funds to help make free Hepatitis B screening a reality. The event, which was held in East Legon was a major success as celebrities such as Kwame Sefa Kayi, Kafui Dey, and George Quaye to mention a few got their hands dirty to support Kwame’s worthy cause.
While his music might be well known across Ghanaian borders, Okyeame Kwame is also recognized by international communities for his role fighting Hepatitis B in Ghana. The rapper received the key to the city by Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and even got the 17th of November earmarked as the Okyeame Kwame day in the United States City.
The mayor had this to say about Okyeame Kwame:
Now, therefore, I John Cranley Mayor of the great city of Cincinnati do hereby proclaim November 17th, 2016 as your day! And we want to make sure you always come back to Cincinnati, and we have an open door for you. So we’re also giving you a key to the city.
Ambassador for climate change
Okyeame Kwame was also unveiled as the ambassador for climate change in early 2018 for the Dedicated Grand Mechanism (DGM) campaign. The regional director for Solidaridad West Africa, Mr. Isaac Gyamfi had this to say after the announcement, ‘We sent some of our staff around to ask who within the showbiz space is so serious by way of how he takes his own business and has carved for himself a brand that resonates positively with the people in our society. And we had a lot of critical discussions, and we were unanimous that Okyeame Kwame has made a name in the showbiz space and has a clout in terms of respect for him. More so, Okyeame Kwame has already demonstrated a strong support for development and is already engaged in addressing issues like Hepatitis B. He has also been involved in some tree planting exercise.’
The Rap Doctor accepted the challenge and said this after the unveiling, ‘I believe that if you can put the interest of other people first, that is when you are living the life that God wants you to live. I strongly believe that for us to develop as a people, everybody must use their positive attitude, instincts, abilities, talents for the society to grow.’
Okyeame Kwame house and cars
Okyeame Kwame cars and house portray the rapper’s deep pockets. While he is not known to spend his cash on outrageous acquisitions, the rap doctor has built a classy home for his family in Gwabe, Ghana. The Okyeame Kwame house can only be seen in the selfies the rapper takes with his family considering he is not a show-off and has to maintain his stature as a respectable public figure in Ghana.
However, Okyeame Kwame cars have left tongues wagging especially his latest addition, a sleek Mercedes Benz M-Class 4Matic. The rapper has a fleet of cars, which is expected when you are an A-list celebrity as well as a force of change in your country.
Okyeame Kwame net worth Forbes
There is currently no information on Okyeame Kwame net worth according to forbes. However, according to Talent Show Site, Okyeame Kwame net worth is $1.1 billion. There are only a few African artists, let alone rappers, who can claim to have such an astonishing amount of money. However, Okyeame Kwame net worth 2018 does not come as a surprise considering the artist is always working on his craft while attracting brands and non-governmental corporations that fuel his passion outside music such as health and climate change.
Here are some of the awards Okyeame Kwame has won in his career so far.
- Ghana Music Awards 1999 - artiste of the year, Hiplife Song of the year, Song of the year, Video of the year
- Ghana Music Awards 2003 - Best Hiplife song, Best Collaboration
- Ghana Music Awards 2004 - Best Collaboration of the year
- Ghana Music Awards (Italy) 2004 - Best Hiplife Song, Songwriter of the year, Best Collaboration
- Ghana Music Awards 2008 - best collaboration
- Ghana Music Awards 2009 - Best Collaboration of the year, Songwriter of the year, the album of the year, and most popular song of the year
- Ghana Music Awards 2010 - Best collaborations
- Ghana Movie Awards 2011 - Best Cameo.
- Channel O music video awards 2009 - Best West African Artiste,
- Channel O MVA - Most young and Talented Artiste, Best Hip-hop video
- Africa Music awards UK 2009 - Best West African Artiste, Best African Video, and Best Song
- Suncity Music Video awards 2009 – Best African Video
- Suncity Music Video awards 2011 – Best Video
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