We all know Sarkodie as Sarkodie and those who are familiar with him are aware that his original name is Michael Owusu Addo.
Well, the name Sarkodie is a completely different identity that was chosen by the rapper without any affiliation to family, friend or whomever.
Sarkodie is an Akan name that literally means a brave warrior or a person who is ready to fight and defend his people…the name is usually given to male borns.
However, the choice of the name by the rapper was not because it had a warrior connotation or because he wanted to be the warrior of rap music in Ghana and around the world; albeit probably.
The history behind why he went for the name Sarkodie as explained by the rapper himself in several interviews is that when he was young, his father had some friends who visited their home regularly.
According to him, although he was young and immature, he could see that these friends of his father were well-to-do and their riches reflected in the dresses they wore and the cars they drove.
These individuals had the name Sarkodie and that was the first time he was hearing such a name thus his little mind told him that there should definitely be a secret behind this name that had made them rich and wealthy.
His conviction was heightened after he realized that any other person he discovered with the name Sarkodie was affluent so he decides to put the name on himself with the belief that riches and wealth will be guaranteed as far he is called and known as Sarkodie.
Fast forward, he began his music with the name, Sarkodie and had the tagline: ‘Money no be problem” which simply means with all the problems he had, money was not one of them.
Rapper Sarkodie is known to have monikers like ‘Obidipondidi. ‘Obidi,’ ‘Sark,’ ‘King Sark,’ ‘Huh!’ and ‘The Highest.’
His name Sarkodie and the belief he had in it has indeed done him a great deal of good and has solidified his brand as one of the finest rappers on the continent who has commercialized the art with a distinctive expression of himself and his emotions in the Twi dialect.