When the colour of dawn vanishes, normally the light of day is greeted with so much joy and happiness.
However, on this day, Friday, February 9, 2018, the light of day was met by neither of the aforementioned emotions, rather it was all about mourning.
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The whole nation has been hit hard by the unfortunate passing of Ebony Reigns, known in real life as Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng.
The dancehall singer tragically passed on after being involved in a gory accident on the Kumasi-Sunyani Highway.
Her passing has left many Ghanaians in sorrow, especially if you consider the fact that she was just starting to reach her peak in the music industry.
Ebony might be gone, but her short life taught each and every Ghanaian something that we may never have learned anywhere.
When she first surfaced on the music scene, some said she would be a nine-day wonder. However, Ebony shut her ears to the detractors and continued to push on.
Her hard work led to hit after hit, making her one of the biggest artistes in Ghana in the last 12 months.
Even with her hit songs, she could still not escape the sharp tongue of critics who laid into her style of dressing when going for shows.
She was tagged with many names, but Ebony still remained herself, kept her cool and continued to build her way to stardom.
If there is a leaf we can take from Ebony’s book, then it is definitely her desire to get better with each move she takes. She worked hard to earn her fan base, and it is not surprising that most of the youth loved her.
At 20 she could command huge crowds at the Ghana Music Awards, erupt shows at the various university campuses and grace any major musical event hosted in the country.
Indeed, the Ghana music industry has lost a great talent, and you can just imagine what she would have achieved had the claws of death not snatched her away this early.
Ebony showed dynamism and a zeal to win over her strong critics. Just when everybody was talking about her being an artiste who thrives on nude, she released “Aseda”, which was more of a gospel song preaching inspiration and confidence in the future.
Her release of “Maame Hwe” was a totally different tune from what many people knew Ebony for.
Many people thought they actually knew Ebony, but in truth, she rather showed everybody that she knew herself better and knew what she was about.
In the end, that much-awaited album – titled Bonified – that she put so much work into lives on as a legacy.
And every time that her songs play on TV or radio, Ghanaians will remember the lady who fought for her dreams and what she believed in.
The youth will remember that once upon a time, a 20-year-old managed to reach the top not through short cuts, but by pure hard work.
Ebony’s family may be hurt, but the whole of Ghana bleeds. Her friends may have been stabbed by the news of her demise, but it is the entire music industry that is crying. Her pictures and memories may be in flames, but right now everyone who had contact with her, either direct or indirect, burns with sorrow.
RIP Ebony, Ghana will miss you.
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