President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has eulogized the late Nana Kwame Ampadu, a pioneer in the highlife genre.
Yesterday morning, in the courtyard of the State House in Accra, during Nana Ampadu’s burial, Akufo-Addo spoke about the musician’s effect on his career and political career.
“Talk of the commencement and growth of highlife music, and one of the people whose names will be on [the lips of] most Ghanaians is Nana Kwame Ampadu. The outpouring of grief by many Ghanaians following the news of his death is in appreciation of the impact his music had on successive generations of Ghana”.
“He was one of Ghana’s musical icons and undoubtedly a legendary highlife artiste whose music transcended our national borders.”
The President spoke of how supportive the late Nana Ampadu was of his vision “for the transformation of Ghana.”
“He assisted me tremendously on the campaign trail in the run-up to the victory of my party, the NPP, and the elections of 2016, for which we remain eternally grateful.”
The President sent condolences to the family, saying the highlife musician would be “sorely missed by anyone who had the privilege to know and meet him.”
Today, in Obo Kwahu in the Eastern Region, the last of the burial ceremonies will be conducted before his body is laid to rest.
On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at the age of 76, Nana Kwame Ampadu died away while in the care of the intensive care unit staff at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) in Accra.
Among his many hits are “Ebe Te Yie,” “Agatha,” “Obra,” and “Oman Bo Adwo.”