Sam Okyere The Most Famous Black Man In Korea
Samuel Okyere (born 21 April 1991) is a Ghanaian television personality active in South Korea and Ghana. He was accepted into the Korean Government Scholarship Program in 2009 and moved to Korea to study Computer Science in Seoul. Sam is fluent in the Ashanti Twi dialect of the Ghanaian Akan language; Korean, English, French and Swahili. He was a cast member in the JTBC talk show Non-Summit.
When Sam Okyere arrived in South Korea to study, he was met with racism. But he found a way to transform his negative experiences into positive ones, making a name for himself as a popular television personality.
To many viewers in South Korea, Sam’s singing voice is hugely familiar. You can find him on some of the country’s most famous variety shows and he even has his own radio slot. He raps in English and South Korean and sometimes in his native Ghanaian language Twi. Although he was born and raised in Ghana, he has recently become known as ‘the most famous black man of South Korea.’
Sam explains that lots of young Koreans have written to him telling him that their perception of Africa — or Ghana or even black people — has changed because of him. He tells another story to illustrate how deeply ingrained attitudes about the beauty of pale skin in Korea are slowly changing.
“I remember a few weeks ago I did a show and this old Korean was like: ‘Oh my god, your skin is so dark, you must have been in the sun too long, apply something on it to make it lighter.’ But there was one old lady that said: ‘No don’t do it, your skin is beautiful the way it is. God made you like this.