The dawn of Thursday, February 8, 2018 was littered with shock, heartbreak and mourning among stakeholders in the Ghanaian entertainment circles after news broke of the death of Ghanaian artiste, Ebony.
Some initially dismissed it as a publicity stunt whilst others waited with bated breath to confirm the news before reacting.
There was also people pointing fingers, and accusing everyone and anyone of cutting short the life of the artiste with statements about her craft.
On her way back to Accra from Sunyani where she visited her mother, the vehicle she was travelling in was involved in a head-on collision with a VIP bus on the Kumasi-Sunyani road.
She was pronounced dead at the Bechem Government Hospital on the same day.
Her funeral service was held at the forecourt of the State House, followed by a burial service at the Osu cemetery on Saturday, March 24, 2018.
Born Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng, the self-acclaimed original 90s bag girl lived a colourful life – stoking controversy with her actions.
Her dressing and stage performances especially was a sore point for critics, and some watchers of the music industry in Ghana.
In July 2017, Nana Poku Kwarteng, Ebony’s father was forced to defend her daughter in an interview with Graphic Showbiz newspaper.
“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.”
Her song ‘Kupe’ helped her gain mainstream attention in the Ghanaian music industry.
She made history as the first female and first artiste to posthumously win the ultimate – ‘Artiste of the Year’ at the 2018 edition of Ghana Music Awards.
Ebony was signed to Rufftown Records.