Isaac Borquaye, more commonly known as Guvna B, is a double MOBO Award winning rapper, author and broadcaster from London. His album, everywhere + nowhere (2020) was the UK’s highest charting non-explicit rap album that year and he has amassed over 30 million streams.
His sophomore book Unspoken: Toxic Masculinity and How I Faced the Man Within the Man (2021) became an Amazon bestseller. He has released 9 albums and is the recipient of 2 MOBO Awards and 3 Urban Music Awards. He was also the first rapper ever to top the Official Christian & Gospel Charts.
Guvna B has presented many documentaries across radio and TV including BBC’s Gospel Meets Hip-Hop and Keeping The Peace. He also appears regularly as a pundit on Sky Sports News’ Good
Morning Transfers, and as a guest on The Zoe Ball Breakfast show on BBC Radio 2. Guvna B is widely considered an influential and important voice within British rap music because of his inspiring and uplifting lyricism and his views on youth culture. He has appeared numerous times on television to discuss topics which affect young people from underprivileged communities.
He was born in London, England in June 1989, to Ghanaian parents from Accra. Looking back on growing up in Custom House, East London, he stated: “My upbringing helped me find my faith. The negative things I saw in my society inspired me to do better and inspire people to be the best they can be instead of becoming stereotypical products of a negative environment.” He later graduated from Hertfordshire University studying Business and Journalism.
Unspoken: Facing the Man Within the Man is his second book and was released in 2021. After losing his father to cancer, Guvna B writes about the fragility of life, grief and bereavement, and the hope through his faith. George The Poet cited Unspoken as a revealing and relatable memoir, Benjamin Zephaniah described it as a book of liberation, Justin Welby explained how it would bring people a lot of hope in God, and Michael Kiwanuka said it was a delight to read.
Guvna B lives in Greenwich, London with his wife Emma and their son Ezra. He is a fan of West Ham United Football Club.