Sarkodie is a Ghanaian hip hop recording artist, entertainer, and brand ambassador. In 2012, he won the BET Awards for "Best International Act Africa". Many Ghanaians recognize him as one of the leading Hip hop and Hip Life artists in the country. He is considered one of the major proponents of the Azonto genre and dance. Sarkodie, the fourth of five children, was born on July 10, 1985 to his mother, Emma Maame Aggrey, a single parent, and raised in Tema.