If you tuned in to the much-anticipated OWN drama “Queen Sugar,” then we’re sure Kofi Siriboe caught your attention. But there’s more to Kofi than meets the eyes. The handsome rising star has an impressive resume and even has a new film, Kicks, debuting this Friday (Sept. 9). So before you watch “Queen Sugar” tonight, part of the series two-night premiere, get to know Kofi a little better with these fun facts…
1. Kofi is a model.
No surprise here about this ridiculously good looking brother. But Kofi has actually modeled since childhood—even before he started working as an actor. Signed to Wilhelmina Models NYC and Vision Los Angeles, Kofi has been featured in commercial print ads for True Religion, Barneys New York, Joseph Abboud and in many magazine editorials.
2. He has fun with fashion.
In his exclusive SBH interview, Kofi shared this take on his fashion vibe. “Chic, comfortable,” the actor says. “I call it ‘street chic.’ It’s a term my buddies and I throw around and laugh at. It’s a little edge, it has a gritty feeling, but at the same time very clean and chic and comfortable.”
3. He’s working on even more creative projects. (Yay!)
In addition to his “Queen Sugar” role and upcoming film “Kicks, Kofi is not about to stop. “Right now, I’m creating my own project,” he revealed to SBH. “I’m working on a film called Jump. I’ll be filming in New York City, and it’s about mental illness in the African-American culture.”
4. His acting resume is pretty deep.
Modeling aside, this is why Kofi looks so familiar…Kofi has held roles in “CSI,” “Lincoln Heights” and a recurring role in MTV’s “Awkward.” Not only has he appeared on the small screen, but had his big screen debut in Ice Cube’s The Longshots, as “Javy Hall,” and had a role in the Academy Award-winning film, Whiplash.
5. Kofi is the great-grandson of a Ghanaian king.
Although Kofi was born and raised in Los Angeles, he is first-generation West African and happens to be the great-grandson of a highly respected Ghanaian king of the Juaben/Ashanti tribe. Royal, indeed.