Kofi Boakye

"The Other Kid From Akron"

Help Emmy-Nominated Pianst Get to Berklee College of Music!

Photography courtesy of LSquaredPhotography

Photography courtesy of LSquaredPhotography

Help Support Akron, Ohio-Native and 2019 Emmy Nominated Musician Kofi Boakye and his financial efforts as he prepares to move to Boston, MA to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

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-leveled jazz program at the University. And in Sept. of 2016, Kofi performed at the Akron Civic Theatre, making him the first teen pianist to ever headline a show at the iconic theatre.

Kofi found music as a way to growth and success. “From growing up in the inner cities of Akron, seeing the yellow tape and police sirens all throughout my childhood, the hunger to strive for greatness and do something positive in my life has always been a motivating factor for myself. I’m African-American and from a single- parent household. Statistically, I’m not supposed to achieve the feats of being accepted into a prestigious and competitive music college like Berklee. But you don’t let the past define you,” said Kofi. “You can create your own story, all you have to do is write it. This is an opportunity of a lifetime. I relish the change. I relish the college. Most importantly, I relish the challenge. I can’t wait to show Berklee what another kid from Akron is made of.”

Though many of his experiences stem from inside the United States, Kofi refined his talents on the world stage, as well, touring Germany and Prague with the Miller South Show Choir. While music remains at the core, Kofi’s accolades extend beyond the concert stage. In 2014, President Barack Obama and the White House awarded Kofi with the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.

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