It was a solemn atmosphere at the Community 11 school park in Tema on Saturday, as family, friends and sympathizers of veteran highlife musician, Jewel Ackah gathered to bid a final farewell.
Being a highlife legend and an active member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the ceremony was largely attended by members of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO), and also graced by former President Jerry John Rawlings and some members of the NDC.
Clad in the traditional attire of red and black, mourners filed pass the remains of the singer, which had been laid in state to pay their last respect.
After tributes upon tributes, the late musician was described as an icon, a man of principles and an irreplaceable gem among other things.
Jewel Ackah who was quite unwell particularly during the latter part of his life left behind five children.
Mr Ackah was born in 1950 at Axim in the Western Region of Ghana to Emmanuel Ackah and Cecilia Dye.
He begun his basic education at the Axim Roman Catholic primary and completed in Takoradi in 1963. Jewel had a career as a footballer and later joined a shipping company called Palm Line.
He later realized shipping was not his field so he was introduced to a traditional drumming group and within a short time he became the best in the group. Jewel was picked up by a renowned musician named Ebo Tailor before going solo.
He is one of the few musicians who made gospel music genre popular in Ghana after he had drifted from secular music.
The highlife legend started battling stroke and other sicknesses some 10 years ago and was reported to have passed away at his home in the late hours of Friday April 27, 2018.
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