Ghana’s entertainment industry has been dealt a heavy blow with the passing of three entertainment icons in less than three weeks.
Fans, entertainment commentators and the country at large are still yet to come to terms with why the industry should lose such personalities in the space of three weeks.
The first to pass on was urban gospel musician, producer and radio show host, Danny Nettey. Nettey died on Friday, July 15.
One of the main pillars of the growth of the Ghanaian gospel, hiplife and R&B music, Danny released several hit songs including, God Alone, I Worship You, and God is Good.
Outside of music, he was an active radio personality. He was the host of Worship Zone on Joy FM on Sundays. He will be laid to rest on 3 September.
On Friday, 28 July, Ghanaians woke up to the shocking news of the passing of one of the country’s finest highlife musicians, Daasebre Gyamenah.
He died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) while on admission for a heart-related disease.
Popularly called Ahoofe, which literally means handsome, he was behind a long list hit songs including Kokooko, Calling and Ahoofe.
Born into a royal family, Daasebre Gyamenah made headlines when was arrested for allegedly importing 100kg of cocaine into the UK.
Throughout his trial, he maintained his innocence and pleaded “not guilty” to the charges against him. True to his plea, a 12-member jury hearing his case returned a not guilty verdict on Friday, 11 May 11.
Another great personality the industry has lost is veteran actor George Williams. The actor died Monday, 1 August at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
The 87-year-old actor is said to have complained of stomach pains and was rushed to the hospital Sunday, 31 July where he died.
One of the pioneers of the Ghanaian movie industry, he is well known for his roles in the Ultimate Paradise series, Bloody Kids, Mama and Dogo Yaro.
Story by Ernest Dela Aglanu