David Dontoh

David Dontoh

David Kwame Dontoh and affectionately called Uncle David, "Ghanaman" and "Kofi Abranteɛ" (Kofi Gentleman), is a veteran Ghanaian actor and television personality who has starred in numerous local and international films, drama, theatre, and other stage production

01 February 1946


David Dontoh was born on February 1, 1946, in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana

30 June 1970

Early years

David Dontoh grew up in a large extended family, developed a passion for various subjects including science, geography, and literature, aspired to be a doctor or pilot but ended up pursuing a career in acting due to academic challenges, and initially engaged in hobbies like boxing and athletics before focusing on his successful acting career, starting with illustrating a book for the director of USAID.

30 June 1985


David Dontoh received his primary education in various schools in Cape Coast, Winneba, and Abakrampa in Ghana's Central Region, and during his secondary school days, he participated in several amateur productions before attending Apam Senior High School, where he studied science, English, and poetry; later, after gaining popularity as an actor, he was encouraged by his co-actor Grace Omaboe (Maame Dokono) to pursue formal qualifications in theatre and drama, leading him to study Drama and Theatre at the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, from 1985 to 1988, where he focused on playwriting and obtained a diploma.

30 June 2000

Obra Drama Group

David Dontoh is a renowned Ghanaian actor who gained fame for his portrayal of "Ghanaman" in the popular comedy-drama series "Ɔbra," competing against "Osofo Dadzie" and later co-hosting "By The Fire Side," "Agoro," and its rebranded version "Agoro Fie" to showcase Ghanaian folklore, storytelling, and culture.

30 June 2000

Notable Projects

David Dontoh had a significant impact on the Ghanaian entertainment industry, serving as a longstanding member of the Ghana National Theatre management team, co-founding the Ghana Union of Theatre Societies, being a founding member of the Ghana Actors Guild and president of the Ghana Concert Parties Union, while also chairing the planning committee of the Ghana Music Awards; in addition, he runs his own company and NGO, has founded three theatre groups, and currently holds the position of board chairman of the Ghana National Film Authority.

30 June 2015


Some of David's notable film credits include Beasts of No Nation (2015), The Dead (2010), and The Cursed Ones (2015).

30 June 2023

Personal life

David Dontoh is married to Rebecca Dontoh and they have three children.

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