In 2012, Kobi Rana, a multi-talented entertainer decided to make his birthday an entertaining one. The celebrity threw a party at the Labadi Trade Fair to celebrate his birthday. With friends and fans who were in attendance, they feasted on kelewele and palm wine. Onlookers found it hilarious but those in attendance begged to differ.
The party got some publicity and so in 2013, he threw another Kelewele and Palm Wine party in a nightclub at a fee of 10 Cedis. In every small way, Rana always knew how to be entertaining.
Kobi Rana was born in Kumasi on the 28th of January 1986. He was relocated to Accra to start his basic school education at the Green Hill International School. He furthered his high school education at St Augustine’s College in Cape Coast. While there, he showed love and dedication to the drama club. He would write and direct plays that made the actors live the character. He had found love and Kobi Rana intended to pursue it. This love was also fueled by winning awards regionally and nationally in the drama club and for writing.
Kobi Rana who was born Cornelius Phanthomas made his debut onto the Ghanaian screens with “Hotel St. James” where he gave the character his all. That was soon followed by the “Fire by Fire” series which he wrote for Revele Fine. He also acted in this movie which gained him more popularity in the Ghanaian movie Industry.
He pursued his love in the university of Ghana, Legon where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Theatre Arts. From then onwards, the director, actor, songwriter, musician, screenwriter, choreographer, and producer worked tirelessly to showcase his talent.
His first movie production “Kiss me if you can” was unveiled as soon as he graduated from school. It was then followed by the popular “Crazy, Love and Facebook, 2-Bad, and Hotel Babylon”. These achievements gave Kobi Rana the required recognition as the youngest director and writer in the Ghanaian industry.
Kobi Rana, after seeing these achievements in writing and acting in movies that were nominated for awards, decided to chase music. The soul singer came out with the song, Boys Kasa. The song got acceptance in the country. A video was shot for the song where Kobi Rana was seen leading a choreography. Little by little, he kept unveiling his talents to Ghanaians.
In 2015, Phanthomas won Ghana’s City People Entertainment Award 2015 as the Best Movie Director for the movie “I do”.
After starring in another movie he had written and directed, Sala, with Jackie Appiah in 2016, Cornelius may as well retire. He was a man dedicated to his craft. This dedication earned him over 700,000 followers on Twitter at the time.
In 2018, Kobi Rana directed ‘Apples and Bananas’ which featured the likes of Afia Odo, Fella Makafui, Moesha Budong, Too Sweet Annan, and Kobi himself. He wasn’t done for the year yet because soon came ‘Chaskele’ that had veteran actors Kalsoum Sinare and Bernard Nyarko of blessed memory.
While ranking on the elite list of Ghanaian celebrities, Kobi Rana also made it to the World Music Singer list.
Although it is not clear as to Kobi Rana’s cars, Business Insider and Forbes calculate Kobi’s net worth to be about 1.5 million dollars. And yes, we are aware that he lives in his own house too.
The singer, songwriter, choreographer, actor, director, and producer is a huge inspiration to the Ghanaian youth. So far as you can dare to dream it, dare to live it.
It is the jovial nature of Kobi Rana that makes him a role model to all. They believe that you don’t need to have a straight face all the time to achieve your goals. He has been one of the finest talents in the Ghanaian movie industry for quite some time now.
One of the movies he is best known for is ‘Sakawa boys’ where he played the role of Edem.
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