Exactly a year ago today (February 8, 2018), dancehall diva Ebony Reigns lost her life in a gory car accident.
The accident also claimed the lives of two others, Franky Kuri, a friend of Ebony, and Francis Atsu Vondee, a soldier who was a bodyguard to the artiste.
The tragic incident threw the nation into a state mourning with many paying tributes to the young singer.
YEN.com.gh brings some quick facts about Ebony that sums up her life, some of which, you probably did not know.
1. Her official name was Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng
2. Born on February 16, 1997, she would have been 22 years next Saturday.
3. She was born and raised at Dansoman
4. Her parents are Nana Opoku Kwarteng, popularly known as Starboy Kwarteng and Madam Beatrice Oppong.
5. She had her basic education at Seven Great Princes Academy at Dansoman. She then proceeded to the Methodist Girls SHS at Mamfe in the Eastern Region.
6. She dropped out of SHS while in her second year after convincing her father to allow her pursue a career in music.
7. Ebony was discovered by Bullet of Ruff n Smooth fame after a voice recording of her singing got to him.
8. She released her first song 'Dancefloor' in 2015 which earned her a nomination in the 'Unsung Category' of the 2016 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs).
9. She then released her first major hit single “Kupe” in March 2016 and the hits kept coming. "Poison", "Sponsor", "Date Ur Fada", "Hustle (m3di wo dwa)" and "Maame Hw3" are some of her best works. In fact, no artiste has had more concurrent hit tracks on the Ghanaian music scene than Ebony.
10. She dominated the 2017 BASS Awards held in December 2017. She was the first posthumous winner of the 'Artiste of the Year' category at the 2018 VGMAs
11. She was the hottest artiste in town and featured at almost every recognisable entertainment event in the country.
She was actually returning to Accra to prepare for a European tour on Saturday, February 10 when she died. The tour included her headlining the Europe version of the Ghana Meets Naija concert in Belgium.
12. In the last few weeks before her death, there were reports of a rift between Ebony and her manager, Bullet. There were claims that she had started disrespecting her manager
13. She was often deemed controversial. Being a very good dancer herself, her energetic and raunchy stagecraft coupled with her 'unique' sense of fashion often dominated entertainment headlines.
In November 2017, she suffered heavy criticisms after parts of her body got exposed at the 4Syte Music Awards in what looked like a wardrobe malfunction.
14. Apart from her official and stage names, Ebony Reigns was also known as "the Original 90s Bad Gyal". Both her mother and father referred to her as "Ohemaa" (Queen). But before she became Ebony, she was "Corruption". Yes, that was how she was referred to in her SHS days.
15. The late diva had a total of 17 tattoos and nine piercings all over her body. The largest of the 17 tattoos was found beneath Ebony’s breasts and that was the symbol of Lord of the Wings.
16. Ebony Reigns was buried on March 24, 2018 in Accra, while Atsu was buried in the Volta Region on the same day. Franky was buried on March 3 that same year in Accra.
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