Kofi Boakye

"The Other Kid From Akron"


Kofi R. Boakye is a 19-year-old Emmy-Nominated pianist born in Akron, Ohio. Kofi has gathered musical experience from myriad venues across the United States. At the age of 15, Kofi was accepted into the University of Akron School of Music’s Jazz Program, making him the youngest African-American pianist to ever be accepted into a collegiate-level jazz program at the UA. While music remains at the core, Kofi’s accolade extends beyond the big stage. In 2014, President Barack Obama and the White House awarded Kofi with the "President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence". In 2018, Kofi joined the ranks of Black-ish star Anthony Anderson, R&B songstresses Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and American Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith in winning the Silver medal in the NAACP ACT-SO National Competition; making him the first person from Akron to ever win. In 2019, Kofi received an Emmy Nomination for his film "Kofi: Made In Akron”, a short-film documentary created in co-production with Pritt Entertainment Group. Currently, Kofi is a newly minted graduate of the University of Akron and will now attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in the Fall of 2019.