The Tourism Arts and Culture Minister says government will consult with the family of the late dancehall act, Ebony Reigns in order to give her a befitting burial.
Catherine Abelema Afeku said the late musician deserves to be celebrated because she touched lives here in Ghana and across Africa with her many hit songs.
Commiserating with the family, friends and fans following the demise of Ebony, the Creative Arts Minister said the government will definitely play a role in the artiste’s burial.
Mrs Afeku also cautioned the public to desist from sharing the gory images from the accident, saying it amounts to a disrespect of the dead.
Catherine Abelema Afeku, Tourism Minister
“Respect the sanctity and dignity of our dear departed sister in this very difficult time,” she said.
She also added: “We mourn with the family and pray for God’s strength and guidance.”
The high rising Mama Hwe singer, born Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, died in a gruesome road accident late Thursday evening on the Sunyani-Kumasi road.
Below is her statement
We have learnt with deep regret the sad passing of Hiplife, Hilife and Dancehall Super Star Ebony, through a fatal accident.
I wish to convey to the family, industry, friends, fans, and well-wishers alike the sympathies of The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo, The Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture and the people of Ghana.
We will consult with the family to give our Songstress a befitting send-off.
I wish however to caution against the indiscriminate sharing of the accident images and ask that we respect the sanctity and dignity of our dear departed Sister in this very difficult time.
We mourn with the family and pray for God’s strength and guidance.
Catherine Abelema Afeku (MP)
Hon. Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture.
Ebony’s death: MUSIGA demands dualization of intercity highways
The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) is demanding the dualization of major intercity highways in the country.
The president of the Union, Bice Osei Kuffuor, also known as Obuor, in an interaction with the press at the 1-week memorial of late dancehall musician, Ebony said the failure of successive governments to dualize major highways has resulted in several preventable deaths.
He said it was about time something urgent is done about the situation and the Union will embark on a massive campaign to demand action in that regard.
He bemoaned the increasing spate of road accidents resulting in the death of many Ghanaians.
Obuor told the press that, “when Ebony died, she didn’t just die, it calls for a revolution for us to make a movement towards solving this problem of road carnages. Ghana must welcome us. We will be coming to the districts, regions, cities to solicit for public consensus because it is about time that Ghana as a country has dual carriage roads across all regions. And that is something that we want Ebony’s [death] to be remembered for.
He said MUSIGA will champion the campaign through important collaborations with governmental and arts bodies including the GHAMRO to ensure that road carnages are significantly reduced.
Ebony, born, Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng died in a road accident on February 8, 2018 when a jeep she was travelling in skidded off its lane and ran into a VIP bus at Mankraso in the Ashanti Region.
Her death brings to memory other similar events involving celebrities such as Suzzy Williams, Terry Bonchaka, Kwame Owusu-Ansah and Vybrant Faya.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Catherine Abelema Afeku, has said her Ministry will embark on a road safety awareness campaign to ensure sanity on the roads to save more lives.
Speaking at Ebony’s one-week memorial service on Sunday, she charged players in the entertainment industry to take the lead in road safety campaigns.
“This is a rallying call for the musicians, the artistes of Ghana to come together and to make a bold statement on road safety on the lives of the precious talent and creative citizens of this country, and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture will support you,” she said.
Madonna: My Son Will Be Malawi President
Pop star Madonna has called her son, David Banda, “the future president of Malawi” in a tweet praising the 12-year-old.
The US singer has six children, four of whom she adopted from Malawi.
The singer has reportedly had a fractious relationship with Malawi’s authorities.
In 2013, Malawi accused Madonna of “bullying state officials”, exaggerating her contribution to the country and demanding VIP treatment.
Madonna’s manager accused Malawi’s government of having a “grudge” against the singer’s charity, Raising Malawi, which she founded the same year she adopted David.
Last year, Malawi granted Madonna permission to adopt two more children, and she became mother to twin baby girls Esther and Stella Mwale.
Comedienne Emmanuella Lands Disney Role
Popular Nigerian child comedienne, Emmanuella Samuel, has announced she is going to work for Disney.
The seven-year-old child star made the announcement on her Instagram page by posting a picture of herself on set.
On the post she thanked all her supporters and said, “I never dreamed of being here so soon.”
She then made a joke about her outfit in a second post.
Emmanuella stars as one of the characters in a hugely successful comedy channel on YouTube – Mark Angel Comedy. The channel regularly gets millions of views.
There were more than seven million views for one of her skits, which showed the mischievous trait she is well known for.
Nigerian Senate President Bukola Saraki was among the high-profile people to congratulate her.
In 2016, she was awarded the Best New Comedienne and Princess of Comedy at the Afro-Australia Music and Movie Awards in Australia. She is also the first African to have one million subscribers on her YouTube comedy channel.
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