Kofi Siriboe

Photo © 2017 Courtesy of Essence Magazine / Photographer Michael Rowe

From being on his second season of OWN‘s Queen Sugar, to his debut project, Jump and of course, starring in Girls Trip, the box-office hit that grossed over $100 million, Dubbed as one of People Magazines "SEXIEST MAN ALIVE", he has also been honored as one of this years Forbes Magazine's annual 30 Under 30 list of top artists, musicians, actors and game shakers.

Now slaying on the cover Essence Magazine‘s December issue, he speaks on trying hard to make his mark in the world and fostering a deeper understanding of his African roots. Speaking to the magazine about his name and Ghanaian culture, he says: In first grade, I was asked ‘What’s your favourite food?’ I said ‘Fufu,’ and everybody laughed. I also remember asking my teacher not to say my full name, Nana-Kofi. Last year I went to Kumasi, in Ghana, for the first time and met the king, whose real name is Nana.I didn’t always understand the roots that are woven into my name, but that realization is happening now.

Read the full interview in the December issue of ESSENCE, on newsstands this week

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