Samuel Okyere (born 21 April 1991) is a Ghanaian television personality active in South Korea and Ghana.
|Website||Sam Okyere on Instagram|
He was accepted into the Korean Government Scholarship Program in 2009 and moved to Korea to study computer science and engineering at Sogang University, in Seoul. Okyere is fluent in the Ashanti Twi dialect of the Ghanaian Akan language; Korean, English, French and Swahili.
Sam Okyere took to his Instagram in early August 2020 to condemn the use of Blackface in a graduation photo by a student from a high school in South Korea. His post was quickly met with criticism and caused controversy for his reproaching the use of the derogatory theatrical make-up formally used to caricature and play on the racial stereotypes of Black people.
Controversy was raised for his highlighting the issue where he was accused of openly criticising the incident in an ill-natured way, as well as failing to ask for permission to re-post the image on his Instagram. He has since deleted the post and apologised for the post.
Okyere has since spoken after this issue in a BBC News podcast, wishing to highlight and create conversation to better gather understanding in regards to racial social issues. He has previously spoken on the issue of blackface used in the entertainment industry.
Okyere has deleted his Instagram account due to additional backlash for the comment.
|2013||Island Village Teacher||tvN||Cast|
|2014||Running Man||SBS||Guest||Ep. 202-203 (with Fabien)|
|2015||Real Men Season 2||MBC||Member|
|Law of the Jungle in Palau||SBS||Cast||Ep. 146–150|
|Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education||KBS2||Guest||Ep. 91, 102|
|Infinite Challenge||MBC||Guest||Ep. 453|
|2016||Ep. 465 (with Jack Black & Sam Hammington)|
|Battle Trip||KBS2||Contestant||Ep. 22 (with Sam Hammington)|
|2017||I Can See Your Voice 4||Mnet||Cast||Ep. 8|
|My Little Television||MBC||Guest||Ep. 84-85 (with Tyler Rasch)|
|2018||Please Take Care of My Refrigerator||JTBC||Guest||Ep. 168–169 (with Alberto Mondi)|
|Knowing Bros||Guest||Ep. 129 (with So Yoo-jin)|
|Dunia: Into a New World||MBC||Cast|||
|2019||Friendly Variety Show||MBN||Cast|
|2020||Love 7.7 billion||JTBC||Guest||Ep. 7|
|2015||MBC||Warm and Cozy||Sam||cameo, Ep. 5–7|
|2016||KBS2||Moorim School: Saga of the Brave||Sam|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2015||8th Korea Drama Awards||Global Star Award||Warm and Cozy||Won|
|2019||14th Asia Model Awards||Fashionista Award||—||Won|
- "Ghana's Sam Okyere Is A Korean TV Star". July 3, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
- Kim, Slater (August 27, 2014). "이런 비정상 G11 때문에 월요일이 기다려지다니, 이런 나 비정상인가요?" (in Korean). Naeil Shot Magazine. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
- "30 Under 30 Asia 2017: The Expats". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
- "Sam Okyere Expresses Major Disappointment In Black Face Parody By Korean High School Students". Koreaboo. 2020-08-06. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
- "Ghanaian TV personality speaks up against racism in Korea, sparks controversy". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
- "Does Sam Okyere face risk of deportation for calling out South Korean students' 'racist' Blackface parody?". meaww.com. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
- "Blackface", Wikipedia, 2020-08-15, retrieved 2020-08-27
- Herald, The Korea (2020-08-10). "As Korean content goes global, cultural sensitivity becomes key issue". www.koreaherald.com. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
- "BBC World Service - Focus on Africa, Sam Okyere: The black man fighting racism in South Korea". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
- "Sam Okyere opens up about Korean high school students' recent 'blackface' costumes in interview with 'BBC News'". allkpop. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
- "TV Personality Sam Okyere Responds To Blackface Controversy". Soompi. 2017-04-24. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
- "Sam Okyere Under Fire Yet Again For Making A "Sexual Joke" About Black People". Koreaboo. 2020-08-25. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
- "Okyere deletes Instagram account after two controversies". koreajoongangdaily.joins.com. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
- "List of cast members of Dunia: Into a New World on MBC official website". MBC (in Korean). Retrieved June 6, 2018.
- "2019 Asia Model Awards Fashionista Award - Sam Okyere, Oh Na-ra". 2019 Asia Model Awards Official NAVER TV Account. 22 June 2019.