Artiste Manager, Ricky Nana Agyeman (Bullet) says he “lost control” of his late artiste, Ebony when she gained mainstream acclaim.
Speaking on circumstances leading to the death of the ‘Sponsor’ act, the former claimed he wouldn’t have allowed the act to travel late in the night if he had control over her affairs.
“When an artiste become a success or becomes big sometimes it’s very hard to control them. I didn’t know she was travelling,” explained Agyeman during an interview with Lexis Bill on JOY FM Monday.
“What I will say is, I lost control…I didn’t fail…I lost control because maybe the artiste thought she’s become big and she wanted to be on her own. When I say I lost control, I didn’t have a say. It so hard…sometimes they don’t understand the fame…there is no way I would allow Ebony to travel at that time.”
Ebony died after she was involved in a gory accident on the Kumasi–Sunyani road on February 8, 2018 when she was returning to Accra from Sunyani.
The founder of RuffTown Records dispelled rumours that he had a hand in the death of Ebony saying: “You think it’s easy to kill a human being… I can never even kill a fly… For what, why would I do something like that. You think spiritually or physically I will be here…God knows I have no hand in her death no matter what.”
Ebony courted a lot of controversy with her actions and inactions when she was alive.
Her dressing and stage performances especially was a sore point for critics, and some watchers of the music industry in Ghana.
In July 2017, her dad was forced to defend her daughter in an interview with Graphic Showbiz.
“I am supportive of anything my daughter does and anything she wears. I am not ashamed as a father, the truth is that, I choose what she wears and I bless her before she goes out to perform. Some Ghanaians are hypocrites and I am sorry but I am not one of them,” explained Mr. Kwarteng.
“I am not bothered at all. The reason is simple, I know my daughter than anyone else. What people see out there is what we want them to see and that is because she is an artiste and needs a brand that will sell. For God’s sake, she is a Dancehall artiste and she wears what will make her feel confident when performing on stage. Something that will depict the genre of music and songs she churns outs.”
He shared his thoughts on the the perception that his daughter is “bad” girl.
“My daughter is not a bad girl, she is very calm, loving and a respectful person. Whatever she does on stage ends there. She is a different person when she gets home.”
He also spoke about the relationship between himself and his “girl as I usually call her is close to my heart.”
“We are so close that I gave her the go ahead when she told me she wanted to do music. Initially I questioned her decision because, she is a very intelligent girl and was doing extremely well in school and every parent will want his or her child to get to the top of the highest academic ladder. But she insisted music was what she wanted to do. Music is where her heart is and I gave her my blessings. I couldn’t have stopped her because these children are smart.”
Born Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng, her song ‘Kupe’ helped her gain mainstream attention in the Ghanaian music industry.
She snagged two 2017 Ghana Music Awards, and won the ultimate – ‘Artiste of the Year’ at the 2018 edition of the awards scheme.
Ebony was signed to Rufftown Records.