Ofie was born Ofuakuor Ofuatey-Kodjoe, in New York City to Dr. W.B. Ofuatey-Kodjoe, a political science professor, and Virginie Ofuatey-Kodjoe (Nee Coussey), a nurse/medical administrator. She is the three, between sister Ayeki and Brother Nene (deceased).
Ofie grew up in Queens, NY before returning to Ghana, where she attended high school at Aburi Girls Secondary School. She then moved back to the U.S. to pursue her tertiary education in New York.
She moved to back Ghana, and while there she continued to raise her two young men, Kaleb Kofi Forson and Joseph Tetteh Ofuatey-Kodjoe while pursuing her passion in Music, Theater and Film. Ofie returned to the US in 2016 to pursue other music opportunities and currently resides in Austin, TX.
Some of those opportunities will present themselves as Ofie re-releases her CD, “The Essence.” This album is a diverse blend of life-inspired songs that focus on living and loving life and the relationships we have with family, mankind and God. The music speaks of love, gratitude and faith and to the importance of each within our relationships; and appeals to people of all ages and all walks of life.
Ms. Kodjoe has performed all over the world and shared her voice on shows such as BET’s “Walk of Fame” and “Celebration of Gospel”; and has participated in Ghana’s top Jazz festivals, such as the Stanbic Jazz Festival where she performed with Peter White; and the International Jazz Festival alongside, Oran Etkin, James Weidman, Poogie Bell, Solomon Dorsey, Colter Harper and Contant Boty.
Ofie has also shared the stage with some of Ghana’s greats including Gyedu Blay Ambolley, George Darko, Pat Thomas, and Kojo Antwi and has worked with some of the greatest producers, promoters and musicians in the Ghanaian Music Industry including Kwame Yeboah, Victor Dey Jr. and Alfed “Bibi” Duwona Hammond Jr., Kobby Inkumsah, Kofi Wilmot and Nartey Azu. This is what some have to say about her:
Ms. Kodjoe has made an impact on screen as well, acting in the films “Silver Rain”, produced and directed by Judith Asante; “A letter from Adam”, produced and directed by Lydia Forson; and the television political drama series Shampaign, produced and directed by Shirley Frimpong- Manso.
She also performed in the National Theatre Production of “A Raisin in the Sun”, in the role of Lena Younger as part of the Black History Month Festivities sponsored by the U.S, Embassy in Ghana.
Ms. Kodjoe has had the honor of performing for audiences that included current President of Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo; President John Dramani Mahama, former President of Ghana; President Jerry John Rawlings, former President of Ghana; President John Kufuor, former President of Ghana; Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene; President Sirleaf-Johnson of Liberia; and Parliamentary audiences in both Ghana and Nigeria.
Ofie has hosted her own music magazine show, “Jammin’@Tropicana” and served as judge on the infamous music reality show, MTN Hit Maker for the first three seasons, coaching and mentoring the contestants.
Ms. O, as she is known as in radio and broadcasting circles, has served as a panelist on various radio shows on XYZ 93.1 FM; served as co-presenter on the Live Breakfast Club and host of The Upside and The Nightcap on Live 91.9 FM; and hosted her signature show The Upside, a midday show on 87.9 FM, Atlantis Radio.
Ofie Kodjoe is also a motivational speaker, life coach, youth advocate and minister, so it is not a surprise that she started using these skills to mentor young artistes and other young business visionaries by delivering seminars and workshops that focus on branding, developing ones talent and pursuing ones passion. Some examples include her participation as mediator and facilitator in the High Vibes Women Music Workshop in October 2012; the Global Music Icons Workshop; and The TedX SPintex Women’s Event in Accra in December 2013.
Ofie is also an advocate on behalf of a number of social causes, a few of which are:
Ms. Kodjoe, along with other key women in entertainment and media, has been honored during the Ivana Elle Couture Fashion Celebrations in December 2010 and December 2011, for her accomplishments in music and entertainment, for her work on social issues and for being a positive role model in the world today.
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