Ghana Famous People

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Dansoman, Ghana

Emmanuel Samini, the artist formerly known as Batman is comparable to Prince and Diddy not because of their frequent name changes but for their achievements in music. He hails from Wa in the Upper West Region andd was on December 22, 1982, to Mr. G.A Samini and Theresa Nusala.

He had his basic and primary education at Holy Family Basic School and then continued at St Margaret Mary Sec School, Dansoman for his secondary education.

From his very modest beginnings as guest artist on many hit singles, Batman soon won over the hearts of many young women and indeed any lover of good music with his flawless vocal ability, punchy lyrics and exciting infusion of reggae and dancehall rhythms with African beats and panache. His catchphrase "Kpooi" is loved dearly by his fans and according to him, it's a gunshot sound meant for all the back bitters.

His debut album, Linda, was an instant success. It won him two Ghana Music Awards for Hiplife Artist of the Year and New Hiplife Artist of the Year. In 2006, he followed suit with his sophomore album, Samini, which can boast of smash hits like Odo.

The self-titled album was to set the stage for his gradual emergence as Samini, an identity that would portray him as an authentic African artist. On December 22nd, 2006 (his 25th Birthday), Batman officially changed his name to Samini.

Today, Samini can pride himself as a consummate musician with several Ghana Music Awards including Best Artiste of 2007, and a Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Award. He also won the 2008 Hip-hop World Award for Best African Artist in Nigeria. He has performed Canada, UK, Holland and Italy, Nigeria.

He has shared the stage with artists like shaggy and Ja Rule; and he has collaborated with artists from all over Africa. He has featured close to 50 tracks with other musicians (both released and unreleased).

He is the face of MTN in Ghana, and his ringtone/ caller tune can be heard on MTN across Africa.

Some of his hits include Odo, Samini Music, Linda, Gyae shee.


Dankwasere (2004)

Samini (2007)

Dagaati (2008)

C.E.O (2010)

Next Page (2013)

Breaking News (2015)

Untamed (2018) Nominatons

2006 MTV Europe Music Awards 2006 – Best African Act

2008 MTV Africa Music Awards – Best Performer

Black Canadian Awards 2014– Best International Act

Ghana Music Awards 2014– Artist of the Year

Ghana Music Awards 2014– Reggae Dance hall Song (scatter bad mind)

Ghana Music Awards 2011– Artist of the Year

Ghana Music Awards 2011 – Afro Pop Song of the Year

Ghana Music Awards 2011– Album of the Year

Ghana Music Awards 2012– Reggae Song of the Year

IRWM Awards- Best African Entertainer

Bass Awards 2013– Most Popular Dance hall Song

Bass Awards 2013– Best Collaboration (Time Bomb ft wiz kid)

Bass Awards 2013– Best Dance hall Music Video

MOAMA Awards 2010– Best African album

Ghana DJ Awards- Song of the Year 2010

Ghana Music Awards UK 2018 – Reggae/Dance hall song of the year

Ghana music awards UK 2019-Special recognition award

Ghana Music Awards 2020-Reggae/Dancehall artist of the year